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Candidate for RNC Chair Just Left Whites-Only Country Club

When Katon Dawson, the chairman of South Carolina's GOP, decided to run for national chair of the RNC he quit his whites-only country club. Noting that his membership would be a distraction for Republicans trying to win elections, Dawson also called for an end of the discriminatory restriction included in the club's deed (which is actually unconstitutional and unenforceable).

One GOP critic says that if Dawson wins the post, it further proves that the GOP has been reduced to "a Southern regional rump party that's held hostage by intolerant crackpots." Barack Obama dealt with his own set of race issues during the campaign. Obama's membership in a mostly black church caused concern after tapes surfaced of the pastor Jeremiah Wright making fiery comments critical of America.

Do you find Dawson's membership with a whites-only club to be a deal breaker, or just an unfortunate association?


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Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Actually... I'm in a fantastic mood. :D
careyjr3 careyjr3 8 years
to make fun of people because they use capitalization to express an opinion, you must be full of alot of hatred and anger. maybe you need to deal with that by going to a therapist instead of spending your time online. I was just making a comment and excuse me for using capital letters. I didn't know that would offend so many people.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
..well, no, I think Falwell was right about the Teletubbies! ....clearly anyone named Tinky-Winky was bent on world domination. See, technically the Teletubbies are co-owned by Monsanto and the Rainbow Coalition, who unexpectedly banded together to promote, via carefully constructive, colorful and entertaining children's programming, nothing short of a global mind-terror network. The whole program is a ploy to get us to accept genetically modified half-plastic, half-real grass and flora, and don electronic gastrointestinal data implants, whereby we will be fed the Word of the Gay and will subsequently turn all our children into homosexual carnival zombies furthering the agenda of PETA, Susan Sarandon, and Whole Foods.
geebers geebers 8 years
HA- so glad you guys commented on the new members that suddenly appear to ENFORCE HOW SERIOUS THEY ARE ABOUT THEIR OPINIONS!!!! I have been noticing it a lot.
em1282 em1282 8 years
:rotfl: Shadow! SO! SERIOUS! OH! EM! GEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, Falwell. Fighting the good fight for humanity--including calling out those bastions of immorality, the Teletubbies.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
I'm seriously screwed up, Em!!!! SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lemme throw in some 1s... !!!!11!!!!111! Intarwebs: serious business since 1969. Side note: good point, BrandyNicole. I remember Falwell saying that disgraceful statement about 9/11. Its amazing how soon people forget. Talk about Anti-....well that goes beyond anti-American... That is anti-humanity, anti-world, and damned sure anti-Christian. Pure class, that man...he was pure class. :P
em1282 em1282 8 years
I'm loving all of the new members coming out of the woodwork, gracing us with multiple punctuation characters to LET US KNOW HOW SERIOUS THEY ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Brings a nice flavor to the community.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I also find it weird that we compare Rev. Wright to this situation. The funny thing is in Trinity - there are other ethnicities that go to the church - whites being among the ethnicities. Those people have been members for years and haven't left.
Also, correction in my first post that I just noticed. It should read "blindly standing behind Bush."
I don't see the point of gettin so offended by Rev. Wright's comments when Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell said equally hateful things regarding America, and how gays and liberals are to blame for 9/11, and Katrina was to cleanse the evil black people from NewOrleans. Please explain to me how what they said was different, besides that statements Rev. Wright made were in church, and these guys just spew hatred for Americans on The Bible Network. Glass house, stones...
GKitty GKitty 8 years
Black folks don't go to shrinks (cost too much honey!) We let it all hang out in church.
careyjr3 careyjr3 8 years
Are you people serious????? Him belonging to a white country club gets you all riled up, but for a man to sit in a church that preached hatred AGAINST white people and says G..Damn America is ok with you??????? what the people are seriously screwed up......
Well, the GOP does have to appeal to their constituents and their base. Their constituents just happen to be so freaked out right now, about Obama being elected, that they continue sending out racist filled, hate-mongering e-mails about how Obama is "turning the White House black," and their new dog is going to be "a pit bull with gold teeth." Aren't these people the same group that argued for blinding standing behind Bush?
GKitty GKitty 8 years
Shadowdamage: These old memories help to teach others how far we've come, and how special life will be when hate is no longer tolerated. THANKS.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Ah, I am remembering fondly how Fuzzy Zoeller shot his mouth off when Tiger Woods started kicking golf ass. Sadly country clubs are one of the places that quietly kicked and screamed their way into integration instead of ushering in racial equality with a smile. Its a subject I do know something about as my father was (and is, to a lesser extent now) a serious golfer and was part of a few country club communities for decades in Texas. Where it wasn't actually on the "deed", it certainly wasn't a multiracial environment. But, legalities aside, the monocolor environment was more endemic, more in the players themselves than the club's bylines....Dad was certainly on the liberal side as these members go, and he both saw and heard things on a regular basis that made him deeply uncomfortable. The simple reality is those players felt they could "speak" their mind in the "safe" environment of the club, and really seemed to assume everyone (including my dad) must have felt the same way. Dad's pretty diplomatic, but I wish I could have been the fly on the wall to see how he handled it. At the end of the day he was there for the GOLF. I guess discrimination (as well as how the staff were treated by some of the golfers) was something that always bothered him. He also told stories of coming home and being embarrassed at how his partners behaved. I always felt kind of proud that the people that worked there liked my dad because he didn't draw lines between them. Success didn't make my dad into some different species from the guy serving a burger. Sorry, just musing on all this brought up some old memories of years golfing with my parents! On a side note, he even had the good fortune to get to play the Master's course (lucky git!).
GKitty GKitty 8 years
Katrina: The deed is history, the provision cannot be removed from a legal document. You can end the practice as of the effective date the provision was deemed illegal.
katrina1020 katrina1020 8 years
I'm sorry, I wasn't clear. It isn't the article that is creating the issue, it is more Katon Dawson. These provisions are all over and should be removed. But he seems to be using this as an avenue for political gain. I hope the deed is changed, but I don't want him to gain from his sudden "revelation." It just doesn't seem like a genuine desire to change things. But then, I guess that is politics.
janneth janneth 8 years
Unenforcable deed or not, there were no black members. Deal breaker. Too phony that he now called for an end to the restriction.
katrina1020 katrina1020 8 years
I find this to be a bit deceptive. Its actually fairly common in the Southeast for deeds to have white-only restrictions. They are completely unenforceable, so often they just get left on as antiquated provisions. It doesn't mean they are enforceable or those who own property with one of these covenants is racist. I don't mean in any way that these are acceptable, just that this article seems to be creating an issue.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
You're right. Change will come in your lifetime. You may not like the change that comes though. ;) All is forgiven, we're cool (well, at least in my mind I'm cool.)
GKitty GKitty 8 years
Undave: Sorry to hit you with my BRUSH! In real life you have to be honest, I know you "walk like you talk" and I needed your "sunglasses" to help me see a different way.(smile) I know my history, and I also believe CHANGE will come in my lifetime. Now all I need is the grace to forgive and forget.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Thanks for the sarcasm Gkitty. He hasn't been elected, and like I said, he probably won't be. Instead of denouncing the GOP because of one person, let's see what the GOP does, and then give our final pronouncement. Nica - I agree that the GOP needs to refocus their identity. Not everyone who runs for the RNC will be elected, just like not everyone who runs for President is elected. Can anyone imagine what the country would be like if we had to have Perot, or Ron Paul as President?
nicachica nicachica 8 years
This kind of crap is why the GOP lost - even if Dawson's attempts at integrating (really? in 2008???) his all-white country club was sincere, it still comes off as cynical. That's really the sad part. I feel like anything that the GOP does regarding racial/ethnic diversity is just for show and its all about how to make themselves look better. That may not be the case but it sure feels like it especially after so many years of hostility towards minorities and immigrants (i.e. opposition to affirmative action, hostility towards immigrants, etc). The GOP needs to do some actual soul searching about their identity as a party before they try and start recruiting people of different backgrounds. They used to have some good fiscal ideas (balancing budgets, lowering taxes, etc) but that message got lost when evangelicals took over and made abortion the end-all, be-all litmus test for being a true Republican. that's just pathetic...
GKitty GKitty 8 years
Undave: I need your sunglasses...Now, everything is beautiful again (what was I thinking?).
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I think we should hold off on crucifying the GOP until they elect the next RNC. I have a feeling that this guy won't win, given this (only partial) information.
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