Republicans say the darndest things…
You’re a smart person, so you know that not all conservative Republicans are racists.
Okay. Now, with that out of the way, let’s take a walk down White Supremacy Lane and review some of the more blatant racist comments and actions made by right-wingers.
Of course, there will be some who will point out that conservatives can’t possibly be racists because of Tea Party darling Dr. Ben Carson or Utah Congresswoman Mia Love. But that is kind of like saying a husband who beats up his wife can’t be a bad guy because his wife chooses to stay with him.
Since we can all agree that not every single conservative on the planet is a racist (#NotAllGOP), there is one little uncomfortable fact that that gets in the way of that argument, and that is: if you vote Republican, you are basically turning a blind eye to the racism put forth by many in the party and, in effect, allowing a racist political agenda to be played out. So, logic dictates that if you vote Republican, you are voting for an overall racist philosophy. Sure, you can try to rationalize it away, you can become angry and defensive and/or you can call me names – hey, it wouldn’t be the first time – but none of that will negate the fact that when you vote for the GOP, you are perpetuating the idea that white people are the superior race.
And now, without further ado…
- Trent Franks (R-AZ), said in 2010 that “far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery.” And Franks also said: “In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say ‘How brave were they? What was the matter with them? You know, I can’t believe, you know, four million slaves. This is incredible.’ And we’re right, we’re right. We should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America’s soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?”
- The Republican House Majority whip, Steve Scalise, was an honored guest at the 2002 International White Supremacist Convention.
- Former Arkansas Republican House Representative Jon Hubbard made a series of racially charged statements in his self-published book, Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative, including saying that black people don’t “appreciate the value of a good education” and have yet to “establish themselves as inclusive and contributing members of society.” He also claimed integration of schools is hurting white students, that African slaves had better lives under slavery than in Africa. He warned that a situation is developing in the United States which is similar to that of Nazi Germany. Hubbard wrote: “… the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth.” (Pages 183-89)
- Michele Bachmann (MN-R) and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum both signed Bob Vander Plaats’ pledge that opposed same-sex marriage and asserted that life was better for slaves: A child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.”
- In 2011, Orange County Republican Central Committee member Marilyn Davenport sent an email that depicted President Obama as an ape and captioned the photo with “Now you know why no birth certificate.”
- Back in September 2010 Newt Gingrich told National Review that President Obama may follow a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” worldview, asking: “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”
- In his 2008 essay on the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama, “A Brief for Whitey,” conservative Pat Buchanan wrote: “It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.”
- Donald Trump: His presidential campaign has been marred by racism he accused Mexico of sending rapists and criminals to the United States during his announcement speech. Most recently, couple of weeks ago, USA Today reported that “About 30 black students who were standing silently at the top of the bleachers at Donald Trump’s rally [in Valdosta, Georgia] Monday night were escorted out by Secret Service agents who said the presidential candidate had requested their removal before he began speaking.” That same day, Trump was recorded harassing a protester during a rally in Radford, Virginia earlier in the day. “Donald J. Trump repeatedly asks protester if she’s from Mexico, then calls for her removal from campaign event … ‘Out! Out! Out! Out!’”
- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) claimed that Obama has stamped his alleged dependency on government because “it worked so well for him” that “as an African-American male… he got tremendous benefit” from entitlement programs.
- There is the time that Sarah Palin, Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator Mike Lee joined a couple hundred protestors in Washington, DC to protest President Obama’s closing down the WWII Memorial (while pretending they had nothing to do with the government shutdown). These protesters then marched to the White House, where they carried a Confederate flag and demanded “the President leave town, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to come out with his hands up.” As we reported at the time, “Did no one realize that carrying a Confederate flag in front of the White House, where our first African-American family now resides, was an absolutely disgusting display of racism? The Confederate flag – which represents a war that killed 600,000 Americans over the right to enslave other human beings?”