Mark Steyn responded to Sean Hannity’s question about racism and slavery in world class form. Hannity asked how these issues became a Republican problem in the current debates over the Confederate flag, and Steyn exploded.
His strongly-worded response, in full:
“I know the GOP is called the stupid party, but the idea that Republicans can have the Confederate flag hung around their neck is ridiculous.
It’s a Democrat flag. The flags – the states that seceded during the Civil War were all Democrat states, that’s their flag. The slave states were Democrat states, the racist states until the 1960s were Democrat states.
The Democratic Party was the largest and most powerful institution supporting slavery in the English speaking world. And it’s the only one that has survived to the 21st century. Slavery is very unusual among the English speaking peoples. Canadians didn’t do it, Australians didn’t do it. The Democratic Party and the states they controlled did it.
It’s their flag, Hillary Clinton had it on campaign bumper stickers when she ran for president in 2008. You mentioned Robert C. Byrd, Sean. Bill Clinton was doing Ku Klux Klan grand kleagle jokes at Byrd’s funeral. Saying, Robert C. Byrd – he used to, he was the grand kleagle – he just did what he had to do, you know, I’m too sexy for my sheet. It’s their flag, It deserves to be hung around their neck. It has nothing to do with the Republican Party.”
After Hannity made a comment about Bill Clinton playing golf for years at a whites-only country club, Steyn continued:
“It’s a party with an incredible century-and-a-half history of institutional racism. There’s nothing like it anywhere on the planet.
You know, people go on about apartheid South Africa. The national party came to power in 1948 and they were gone 45 years later. That’s how long they lasted. They’re nothing now.
The Democratic Party has never come to terms with the evil of its past, the idea – it was a party committed to the proposition that one human being could own another human being. And they’ve never – they’ve never said a word about that. They’ve never apologized for it, they’ve never atoned for it in the way that they have the reconciliation commission in South Africa. Tony Blair a couple of years ago was going around apologizing for everything. He apologized for the Irish potato famine. The Canadian government apologized for how it treated Indian school children.
When is the Democratic party going to apologize for being the biggest slave-holding supporting institution on the planet and sticking with racism for the century after the abolition of slavery?”
That’s going to be difficult to explain. And some obscure reference about the Southern Strategy doesn’t seem like quite enough to transfer all the sins of the Democratic Party onto their rivals in the GOP. After all, if the Confederate Flag represents the sin of slavery in America’s history, it should be made quite clear to which party’s history that actually belongs.