Sorry for the racism. Sort of.

"I suppose we're all supposed to give Ken Mehlman a big round of applause for acknowledging the Republican Party's ugly history on the issue of race in a speech yesterday to the NAACP. But when you look at what he actually said, you realize how far away he strayed from the truth," writes Paul Waldman:

Some Republicans gave up on winning the African American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization. I am here today as the Republican Chairman to tell you we were wrong.

But if my party benefited from racial polarization in the past, it is the Democratic Party that benefits from it today.

"'Racial polarization?' No, Ken, 'racial polarization' is when the races aren't getting along. What the GOP worked so hard to stir up and benefit from was not 'racial polarization,' it was racism. And it wasn't just 'in the past.' It continues to this day..." (The Fly Trap)

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