Has "Nut Country" (Dallas) Been Rehabilitated Since the JFK Assassination?


And, no doubt, Dallas is not the city it was in 1963: "In 1963, Dallas was the 14th-largest city in the country, with a majority-white population of nearly 700,000, a provincial place whose mostly white, mostly male establishment set the agenda. In 2013, Dallas is the nation's ninth-largest city, with a majority-minority population of 1.2 million."

What is more, Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins is doing something that most Southern DAs don't do: working to make sure no one is wrongfully convicted and helping free those who have been wrongfully convicted. Watkins has been, rightfully, called a "hero."

So has Dallas been fully rehabilitated? Not yet. Dallas is now majority-minority because of "white flight." The suburbs surrounding Dallas and Fort Worth are deep red and are Tea Party country nonpareil. Remember, just a few months ago, when a Dallas Tea Party Activist said:

"I'm going to be real honest with you," Emanuelson said. "The Republican Party doesn't want black people to vote if they are going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats."

As I've noted before, now that blatant racism is taboo in most all areas of society, a sense of "racial resentment," especially in the Old Confederate states, pervades in certain sectors. And the Dallas metropolitan area is no exception. Emmanuelson's comments are representative of what we know about Tea Party conservatives: they have high levels of racial resentment. To echo the words of one commentator: "What's so changed about that?"



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Puller58
Puller58

Dallas has had a rep for being uptight for years.  And I don't say that just because I was born in Houston.

popatop
popatop

You realize that JFK was killed by a leftist/communist, not a right-winger, don't you?  I do not see how the JFK assasination anniversary becomes a rant against the Tea-Party. 

m.yass
m.yass

Why the HP keeps letting Cal post columns is beyond me.....what a complete hack.


David627
David627

The past comes to haunt the tea baggers, they killed JFK. 

desirae.alfred
desirae.alfred

First gun owners are racist now people from DFW are racist!!!  You should rename this column from "Hair Balls" to "Calvin TerBeek thinks everyone's racist"

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