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London Times pokes “unreconstructed underbelly” of GOP

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photo by wonkette.com

photo by wonkette.com

Racism in “sections” of the GOP grabs international attention. Examples accumulate, highlighted here by the London Times:
clipped from www.timesonline.co.uk
An e-mail sent by a Republican aide, entitled Historical Keepsake Photo, features portraits of the first 43 American presidents in a variety of dignified and statesmanlike poses … the final and 44th panel … displays just a pair of cartoon eyeballs set against an entirely dark background [..]

Diann Jones, a vice-chairman of the Collin County Republican Party in Texas … denounced [bogus] plans for a tax on guns as “another terrific idea from the black house and its minions” […]

Dean Grose, the mayor of Los Alamitos … sent an e-mail to a black businesswoman depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons […]

[A] member of Florida’s state Republican committee … said. “How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in one day in sub zero temps when 200,000 couldn’t get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?”

Chip Saltsman, the former Tennessee Republican chairman [and candidate for the RNC chair]  sent friends a Christmas gift of songs by the satirist Paul Shanklin, including the track: “Barack the Magic Negro”.

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The Times goes on to quote Michael Steele, the recently-elected RNC chairman, who sees the problem as GOP officials who “don’t give a damn”.

To them, he said, “outreach means let’s throw a cocktail party, find some black folks and Hispanics and women, wrap our arms around them — ‘See, look at us’. And then we go back to the same old, same old.”

And “same old, same old” means “these things don’t really matter:”

  • Ms. Carter, who suggested black people were too indolent to escape Hurricane Katrina,  “begged” readers to have “a sense of humor.”
  • Mayor Grose (of the watermelon cartoon) claimed to be unaware of  stereotypes of black diet.
  • Sherri Goforth, the Tennessee legislative aid who emailed the presidents’ portraits, was sorry that she sent the cartoon to the wrong email list!

In other words, they seem to say (as one might’ve heard fifty years ago):  Gotta keep the nigger jokes inside the club.

The Times observes:

[H]opes that the country is finally overcoming a racist past are being tempered by evidence [that] sections of the Republican Party … remain aghast at the notion of a black First Family[…] The internet is providing glimpses of an unreconstructed underbelly of America […]

Now whom do you suppose has the power to change that?

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  1. Disgraceful.

    honestpoet

    June 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm


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