London Times pokes “unreconstructed underbelly” of GOP
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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