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Project 21, listed as The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives (Yeah. Both of those guys), comes out against racism:

In light of the racial indignities being foisted upon Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele, a black Republican who recently announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate, members of the black leadership group Project 21 call on all candidates and political parties to shun both the use of such tactics and individuals who employ them.

Steele most recently was portrayed as a white minstrel in blackface on a left-wing blog, but has suffered other racial indignities such as being pelted with Oreo cookies at the historically-black Morgan State University in Baltimore and being called “Uncle Tom,” among other epithets.

Project 21 members say all electoral candidates should be open to criticism about their records, credentials and policy positions, but candidates should not be subjected to race-based abuse. The way to end this, says Project 21, is for all political parties and candidates to repudiate and pledge to refrain from engaging in any activity that demeans on the basis of race, gender and/or other birth characteristics in favor of a robust debate on real issues affecting the public.

It is worth noting that Project 21 is hosted by Amy Ridenour’s The National Center for Public Policy Research whose stated mission is:

… a communications and research foundation supportive of a strong national defense and dedicated to providing free market solutions to today’s public policy problems. We believe that the principles of a free market, individual liberty and personal responsibility provide the greatest hope for meeting the challenges facing America in the 21st century.

And by ‘strong national defense’ and ‘free market solutions’ they mean lobbying for for Indian gambling:

The FBI is trying to trace what happened to $2.5 million in payments to a conservative Washington think tank that were routed to accounts controlled by two lobbyists with close ties to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, NEWSWEEK has learned. The payments to the National Center for Public Policy Research were meant for a PR campaign promoting Indian gaming, center officials said. But internal e-mails obtained by NEWSWEEK show the lobbyists, Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon, DeLay’s former press secretary, never documented any work performed or explained what they did with the money despite repeated requests. “We’re disappointed and frustrated,” said Amy Ridenour, the center’s president. The group’s records have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury. One focus of the FBI probe, legal sources say, is whether the payments, as well as tens of millions of dollars in other fees collected by the two lobbyists from Indian tribes, were used for political contributions or to pay for trips and gifts to members of Congress.

Poor Amy. It’s like she doesn’t know what the hell is going on, which is why we’re not too surprised that, in light of her hosting Project 21’s anti-racism stance, she links to pro-internment camp apologists like Michelle Malkin and anti-Muslim racists like Charles at LGF on her blog.

Of course considering the Project 21 guys are pro-slavery themselves, there’s probably a lot of confusion about everyone staying on message.

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