I’ve talked about the difference between racism and assumption of privilege before, but every now and again somebody managed to do both at the same time, like Newt Gingrich. And every now and again, people like Gingrich get called out on it.
At a town hall event meant to appeal to Latino voters at a Mexican restaurant in Manchester, an African-American man confronted Gingrich about recent comments he made that have drawn the ire of the NACCP and other civil rights leader. Gingrich controversially said last week, “I’m prepared, if the NAACP invites me, I’ll go to their convention and talk about why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”
Now, that was bad enough, but the reality is Gingrich’s assumption that the majority of SNAP recipients are African-American males is also completely and totally wrong. The largest plurality are white children, as a matter of fact. And only 8% of people on SNAP received additional federal welfare benefits, while 4% recieved additional state benefits. That’s it.
Today, someone called Newt on it, a black small business owner who took offense at Gingrich assuming all black people take food stamps.
It seems that if there’s something the Clown Car Right and the Manic Progressive Left can agree on, it’s how much they dislike Michelle Obama behind the scenes.
Republican First Ladies are all saints, and Democratic ones are all cast iron bitches, apparently. Two stories indicate that 2012 as an election year means Michelle Obama is fair game. First, we get one step closer to the n-word…
Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal on Thursday apologized for an email that made fun of first lady Michelle Obama’s hair style and mockingly called her “Mrs. YoMama.”
The emails featured pictures comparing Mrs. Obama to the Grinch, a Dr. Seuss character, because of their similarly wind-blown hair.
“Sorry, just had to forward this latest holiday message,” O’Neal reportedly wrote in the email he shared with fellow Republican lawmakers. “I’ve had worse hair days, but this is pretty funny.”
According to The Lawrence Journal World, O’Neal forwarded from his personal computer the email that said, “I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacation – at our expense, of course.”
Boy, I remember all the horribly racist emails about Laura Bush. Oh wait, never happened. And they’ll keep doing it and apologizing only when they get busted as long as they can keep getting away with it. Continue reading
Frothing his way to irrelevance.
So remember how Rick Santorum made a dumbass racist statement about black people being on welfare? Sure you do. I wrote about it here. Well, he appeared on Fox News with Bill O’Reilly today, and when asked about his comments, rather than say, “Hey, I shouldn’t have said that, and in fact, more white folks are on welfare than black folks, so oops my bad!” Santorum flailed around and claimed that he didn’t say “black people,” but rather said, “blah” people.
Listen here, Frothman, no one is buying this load fecal matter: Continue reading
Newt’s baaaaaaack, and stomping hard on all the 90′s era dog whistles:
So more Americans now get food stamps therefore and we now give it away as cash,” Gingrich said of President Obama. “You don’t get food stamps. You get a credit card and the credit card can be used for anything. We’ve had people take their food stamp money and use it to go to Hawaii.”
Only one problem, Newtie. You’re lying out your ass.
Each of Gingrich’s claims about food stamps is so ridiculous — especially for a self-styled policy wonk — that we wondered whether he was really intending to be serious. (By publication time, we did not receive answers to several queries made to his press staff.) But the transcript makes it sound like he wasn’t joking, so we’ll assume he wasn’t. For being so ridiculously wrong in so many ways, we rate his statement Pants on Fire.
It’s 2011, almost 2012, and we have nonsense like this going on in the Bluegrass State where I live.
A small church in Pike County, Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from most church activities “to promote greater unity among the church body.”
Melvin Thompson, former pastor of Gulnare Freewill Baptist church, proposed the ban after Stella Harville brought her fiance, Ticha Chikuni, to services in June. Harville, who goes by the name Suzie, played the piano while Chikuni sang.
Before stepping down as pastor in August, Thompson told Harville that her fiance could not sing at the church again. Harville is white and Chikuni, a native of Zimbabwe, is black.
Last Sunday, church members voted 9-6 in favor of Thompson’s proposed ban. Others attending the church business meeting declined to take a stand on the issue.
It’s always been about race and power for the GOP.
Attention Alabama Republican Party: You have officially lost the “But we’re not racists!” contest.
A federal judge accused two state Republicans, called by federal prosecutors in a massive Alabama corruption case, of cooperating with the feds because of their “ulterior motives rooted in naked political ambition and pure racial bias.”
State Sen. Scott Beason and former Rep. Benjamin Lewis, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson wrote, “lack credibility for two reasons.”
“First, their motive for cooperating with F.B.I. investigators was not to clean up corruption but to increase Republican political fortunes by reducing African-American voter turnout. Second, they lack credibility because the record establishes their purposeful, racist intent,” Thompson wrote.
Oh but ladies and gentlemen, it gets even more awesome. Continue reading
Oh Pat Buchanan, how are you possibly still employed at MSNBC?
During a radio appearance promoting his book, MSNBC analyst Pat Buchanan argued that blacks and whites were more unified during the 1950s than they are today. Buchanan argued that “what we had then, which was a sense of cultural and social one-ness, we were a people, that I think that is what’s being lost.” Buchanan added that while blacks considered themselves Americans first and foremost during the era of segregation, today they’re using “hyphenated terms” like “African-American” to describe themselves.
Buchanan’s remark came yesterday on the radio program of Mark Davis. Davis asked Buchanan to expand on his theory that, in Davis’ words, “black Americans of 1960 were more woven into the fabric of the America of that time than many of today’s black Americans are woven into the America of this time.”
Buchanan replied that during the 1950s, blacks and whites “all had a common religion, we all worshiped the same God, we all went to schools where American literature was taught, the English language was our language, we all rooted for the same teams, we read the same newspapers, we listened to the same music. We were a people then. We were all Americans. Now I’m not saying segregation was good. But what I was saying, that did not prevent us from being one people.”
First, allow me to say that I wouldn’t participate in this, even as a Native American woman who would eat for free. But seriously, this isn’t sending a message, it’s an insult. It’s a flaw that brings attention to the ultimate weakness, the refusal to accept people and stop boxing them in. This isn’t sending a message, it’s a slap in the face disguised as a political point. Or to just say it and be done, it’s a cheap shot. One of the worst, because it tries to look clever and pretentious when it’s really just racist and sexist hiding behind a “statement” to the public. While I am a strong advocate of free speech, I do hate to see it used for evil even as I acknowledge its necessity.
CNN has the full article here, and you can watch the video below.
This is the trademark insensitivity that has come to mark the Republican stance. If this is how they plan to address equal rights and gender equality, no thanks. Any message they were trying to send, even if it was well-meaning, is lost in the delivery. It tells me where they place their value, and while I’m not surprised I am surely disappointed. There are plenty of ways to make a statement. Most traditionally, with words that rely on facts to make a point. I try to have a good sense of humor about most things, but this looks like hate disguised as a joke. The good news is, I completely disagree with what they are trying to accomplish, and a backfire of this level will actually come around to benefit the people who have earned my respect and show progress taking strides towards racial and gender equality.
This is how the next generation of Republicans view progress and equality. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
And, I suppose, I should be glad the muffins aren’t $16. I look for sunshine where I can.
Some Classic Roy Edroso here on the GOP’s new Marxist bogeyman: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. No, seriously. Apparently having a black President and Dr. King finally getting his own memorial in Washington DC has broken conservative reality badly enough to the point where Dr. King is now Bill Ayers or something. To whit:
A longer-lived staple of conservative anti-racist cred has been their effusions over Martin Luther King, Jr. Yes, back in the old days they hated King (“For years now, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and his associates have been deliberately undermining the foundations of internal order in this country” — National Review. More here!). But when things got a little hot for them, bigotry-wise, they shifted to declaring King a good conservative; on every MLK Day, in and among their many confused tributes, you’ll see many that insist King’s vision of a color-blind society is exactly what conservatives have been trying to do all along. Then they grab parasols and handkerchiefs, burst into “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In,” and dance around. It’s a grisly sight.
But then we get this piece from the Moonie Times (Title, “Martin Luther King Jr.’s Mixed Legacy”. Yeah, if you’re a student of the struggle for civil rights in the 20th century, wrap your head around how Dr. King broke even at best.)