Racist Rhetoric

Florida Republican Hurled N-Word Because He Was ‘Protecting’ Himself

TFC readers, indulge me for a moment.  To some I may be making too much out of this particular incident, but my thinking is that this is a microcosm of a much larger issue.

The Civil Rights movement and the simultaneous Democratic leadership in Washington DC  (up to 1982 when Reagan took office) seemed to quell these types of vicious epithets hurled at many people in African-American and other minority communities, especially in the South.

It occurs to me that now that given the wide-spread outcry against the current president, these people no longer feel they have to be politically correct when it comes to Black folks because they literally number in the  millions.  Apparently the old adage saying that there’s strength in numbers  has its believers.  Hence the growth of the Tea Party and Militia type groups (the new KKK?)

It will be interesting to see which way the country trends in the 2012 and 2016 elections.  Will this influx of hate and anti-government fervor dissipate or will it grow even larger than it already is?

The only thing I can say to those opposed to the horrendous tactics of the aforementioned fringe groups is to vote in 2014 like it’s 2012…

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Wilton Manors Commissioner Ted Galatis apologized for hurling racial slurs at a woman in a parking lot over the weekend, but maintained that he did so because he felt threatened by the passengers in the car.

The woman told WTVJ that that the commissioner began hurling insults at her in the parking lot of a Publix on Sunday, where he “began calling her and her passengers ’N*ggers’.” Galatis gave a Standard Issue Notpology about the incident, saying that he “may have” used the racially charged invective, but said he was “protecting myself from the immediate threat.” Galatis said in a statement that:

I apologize for my use of the ’N’ word. It is something I never say. I offer no excuse, other than it was uttered when I was being threatened in front of my own home.

His wife rallied to the defense of her husband; Donna Galatis explained what happened in the parking lot when WTVJ reporter Jamie Guirola caught up with them at their family home.  When asked what transpired, Donna shot back: “What did they say to me? ‘White bitch, I’ll slice you up’.”

The neighbors aren’t convinced that the confrontation deserved the slur, though:

“Unfortunately that just doesn’t go,” one neighbor explained. “I mean, it’s unfortunate you can’t say words like that and take them back. You know you got to pay the price. Donald Sterling just paid the price for what his situation was.”

Galatis is a registered Republican and announced that he will seek re-election, and hasn’t given any indication he is going to resign.

You can watch the WTVJ video here…

 

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Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Tells Girlfriend: Don’t Bring Black People To My Games

Clippers owner Donald Sterling

This attitude is prevalent around the country but “political correctness” prevents it from being more overt than it already is.

This guy is not an atypical example.  In fact, stats will show that racism is alive and well all over the country, particularly in the South.

Some TFC readers might wonder why I post a lot of articles about racism.  To that I would say:

Because of the skin I’m in

Think Progress

Donald Sterling, the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, told his girlfriend not to post pictures on Instagram of herself with black people and not to bring black people to his basketball games, according to an audio recording posted by TMZ.

In the recording, Sterling and his girlfriend are fighting over a picture she posted to Instagram of herself with NBA legend Magic Johnson, and Sterling demands that she stop “broadcasting” that she associates with black people. Sterling tells his girlfriend: “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”

Later, he makes the point specifically about Magic Johnson, telling her that “it’s too bad you can’t admire (Johnson) privately…bring him here, feed him, f*** him, I don’t care. You can do anything. But don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games. OK?”

Sterling’s comments about Johnson follow a long argument about his girlfriend — who says in the recording that she is half-black and half-Mexican — not understanding the cultural differences between white, black, and Hispanic people. At one point, Sterling asks her if she gets “a benefit” from associating with black people, and calls her “stupid” when she asks why the race of the people she associates with matters. Sterling doesn’t answer when she asks if it would have been different had it been Larry Bird in the photo.

When it comes to race, the comments aren’t even the most troubling incident in Sterling’s time as the Clippers owner. In 2006, he was sued in a housing discrimination lawsuit that alleged that Sterling wouldn’t rent apartments to black families in Beverly Hills and other LA neighborhoods. The suit alleged that Sterling had once said that “black tenants smell and attract vermin.”

Former Clippers executive (and NBA player) Elgin Baylor sued Sterling in 2009, alleging that the owner discriminated against him based on his age and race.

The NBA didn’t take action against Sterling in either instance, even though there is precedent for doing so: in 1993, Major League Baseball suspended Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schottfor a full season for comments she’d made about black and Jewish people.

More than three-quarters of the NBA’s players are black, and the league has a larger share of minority fans than any of other major sports leagues. The NBA can’t take away Sterling’s team. But it needs to do something, especially because it has already let Sterling off the hook so many times before.

H/t: Ted for this article

Paul Ryan Claims Black Men Are Lazy And The Cause Of Poverty In This Country

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I had to take a deep breath on this one…

Paul Ryan has fallen into the Tea Party, KKK, Citizens’ Councils of America now known as the  Council of Conservative Citizens and other racist organization stereotypes of the “Lazy Black Man” which has existed throughout this nation’s racist  history.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was on the conservative radio show ‘Morning In America’, which is hosted by Bill Bennett. Bennett is the former Secretary of Education under President Reagan. He is also known for gambling away millions of dollars while at the same time preaching about living a virtuous life. Anyway, Bennett had Ryan on to discuss Ryan’s recent ‘War on Poverty’ report, where Ryan stated that anti-poverty programs developed under President Lyndon Johnson and after were actually the root cause for the continued existence of poverty in this country.

During the interview, Ryan used thinly-veiled ‘code’ language to claim that black men do not want to work and are satisfied with being poor. He also stated that anti-poverty programs create a culture of laziness and that what we really need is for affluent white people from the suburbs to spend more of their time mentoring those in the inner-city.  Obviously, the answer for those living in abject poverty in a jobless environment is to have someone come down from their lofty perch and whitesplain about how to lift yourself up by your bootstraps.

Below is an excerpt from Ryan’s conversation with Bennett:

”We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with…you need to get involved, you need to get involved yourself, whether through a good mentor program or some religious charity, whatever it is to make a difference. And that’s how we resuscitate our culture.”

This is Ryan’s way to justify that all social programs need to be gutted. Basically, rich, white people will fill in the gap and provide mentoring to the poor, inner-city black folks that they moved far, far away from. At the same time, there is no need to raise the minimum wage in this country and we also need to destroy unions, since they drive away jobs due to their demands for a living wage for their members. In the end, Ryan’s solutions are for there to be no social safety net and the driving down of median wages. But, no worries. The free-market and basic human decency will provide all the solutions needed.

What is especially disgusting here is the notion that all poverty is centered around inner-city black men and that nobody else utilizes the social programs that Ryan demonizes. He is making sure to stoke the racist flames already ablaze within the Republican Party by going down this route. Ryan is essentially doing the same thing that Reagan did when he brought up the ‘welfare queen’ myth.

To make matters worse, Ryan cited Charles Murray, who is the author of The Bell Curve. Murray has argued that intelligence is genetic, and that whites are naturally more intelligent than blacks. He has also claimed that all social welfare programs will inevitably have a negative effect on a society. Overall, Murray’s studies have been used by many to justify their notions of white supremacy.

Ryan has long been touted by the Republican Party as extremely intelligent and a real ‘wonk.’ I guess the fact that he uses numbers a lot to make his points makes him appealing in that regard. It gives the appearance of being knowledgeable and exact. However, he is just using smoke and mirrors to push forward a Randian vision of how America should be. Basically, the wealthy should be coddled at all times and they will decide how much to trickle down upon the masses.

 

Conservative Writer Declares White Supremacy ‘One Of The Best Arrangements In History’

I guess Mr. Derbyshire  is waiting for the South to rise again, as well…

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Former National Review writer John Derbyshire has been a disgrace to his profession and his country for over a decade. He wrote for the conservative publication for 12 years until he was fired for publishing a piece in Taki’s Magazine. The article served as a guide for parents on how to train children to be racists. For some reason, the National Review felt the need to fire Derbyshire for this piece, even though he has written racist articles over the course of his career. But his firing hasn’t stopped Derbyshire from publishing racist articles.

In an article written for a white nationalist site known as VDARE.com, Derbyshire declared that white supremacy is “one of the greatest arrangements” in all of history, and connected white nationalism to conservatism.

“The enemies of conservatism are eager to supply their own nomenclature. “White Supremacist” seems to be their current favorite. It is meant maliciously, of course, to bring up images of fire-hoses, attack dogs, pick handles, and segregated lunch counters—to imply that conservatives, especially non-mainstream conservatives, are cruel people with dark thoughts. Leaving aside the intended malice, I actually think “White Supremacist” is not bad semantically. White supremacy, in the sense of a society in which key decisions are made by white Europeans, is one of the better arrangements History has come up with. There have of course been some blots on the record, but I don’t see how it can be denied that net-net, white Europeans have made a better job of running fair and stable societies than has any other group.”

And conservatives have the gall to whine when they’re called racists. Derbyshire of course, is white-washing history. He claims white supremacy has led to more “fair and stable societies” but conveniently ignores the atrocities committed by the white race throughout history. The Nazis were white, and they slaughtered millions and nearly destroyed civilization. It took a worldwide effort of people of all races to defeat them. And let’s not forget that whites are responsible for nearly wiping out Native Americans and enslaving Africans, not to mention wiping out South American Indian civilizations. When one really studies history, one finds that when it comes to white Europeans, they’ve never missed an opportunity to take advantage of or destroy people of color.

John Derbyshire represents what is wrong with conservatism today and why Americans need to reject it and leave it as nothing more than a terrible footnote in world history. America has a chance to move toward a future free of hate and prejudice, and if we don’t reach out and take that chance now, the bigots and racists of the Republican Party will continue their quest to transform America into a nation where only white people matter.

Editor’s note: Emphasis are mine

The GOP’s Racial Politics

The Progress Report

From the subtle to the sickening, this Republican primary season has seen a normalizing of racist and racially-coded language. It was not so long ago that the chairman of the Republican National Committee apologized for his party’s history of “trying to benefit politically from racial polarization,” and told the NAACP, “I am here today as the Republican Chairman to tell you we were wrong.” Such leadership cannot be found now.

Newt Gingrich may be the new master of race politics with his efforts to label Barack Obama the “food-stamp president” and his generous offer to lecture African-Americans at the NAACP on why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps. We know that Mr. Gingrich’s claims of being a “historian” for Freddie and Fannie are a strain, but would it be that hard for him to check the history of NAACP’s leadership on developing and demanding groundbreaking job creation policies? (Or to note that more food stamp recipients are white than any other race or ethnicity?) But why would a historian let facts get in the way of historical racial prejudice?

ThinkProgress’ Jeff Spross has compiled a recent history of the GOP’s dehumanizing and divisive language that threatens to plague the primary process for weeks to come. Watch it:

Catholic Leaders Call On Gingrich And Santorum To ‘Stop Perpetuating Ugly Racial Stereotypes’ About Poverty

Finally, voices of reason.  It should be noted here that both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are Catholics…

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Faith in Public Life reports that more than 40 Catholic leaders and theologians across the country are calling on two of their “fellow Catholics,” GOP contenders Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, to stop using divisive rhetoric  about race and poverty on the campaign trail.

Noting that Catholics consider racism an “intrinsic evil,” the open letter confronts the two candidates about their comments singling out minorities who receive welfare:

As Catholic leaders who recognize that the moral scandals of racism and poverty remain a blemish on the American soul, we challenge our fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail. [...]

Labeling our nation’s first African-American president with a title that evokes the past myth of “welfare queens” and inflaming other racist caricatures is irresponsible, immoral and unworthy of political leaders.

Some presidential candidates now courting “values voters” seem to have forgotten that defending human life and dignity does not stop with protecting the unborn. We remind Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Santorum that Catholic bishops describe racism as an “intrinsic evil” and consistently defend vital government programs such as food stamps and unemployment benefits that help struggling Americans.

Gingrich frequently derides President Obama as a “food stamp president” and recently said he would go to the NAACP and tell African Americans they should “demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.” He also said “really poor children…have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works,” and don’t know how to earn an income “unless its illegal.”

In Iowa, Santorum proclaimed, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better” through government aid — conveniently ignoring that only 9 percent of Iowans on food stamps are black. After facing criticism for his remarks, he tried several times to deny he had ever made them.

Despite the fact that 39 percent of Americans on welfare are white, Gingrich and Santorum have directed their vitriol toward minorities in speeches before mostly-white audiences. Instead of acknowledging that millions of American families are looking for help in difficult times, the candidates have played up stereotypes of “lazy blacks” who prefer a government handout to hard work.

Those stereotypes are inaccurate as well as offensive. As Tanya Somanader notes, an increasing number of food stamp beneficiaries actually do have jobs and receive paychecks that are the primary source of their income — but most of those incomes still keep them below the poverty line. The Catholic leaders who signed the letter call it “misleading and insulting” to suggest that the unemployed would rather collect benefits than work at a time when there are four job seekers for every job opening.

Coulter: ‘Our Blacks Are So Much Better Than Their Blacks’

Are Teapublicans systematically trying to turn back the clock on race relations?

Gawker

Whose blacks are the best blacks? Ann Coulter knows: “Our blacks are so much better than their blacks,” she tells Sean Hannity while discussing Herman Cain and the sexual harassment allegations he’s facing. “Our,” of course, being conservatives (and not, say, the Coulter family); “their,” meanwhile, referring to liberals. And why bother even paying attention to boring old Ann Coulter? Because she has the best blacks. Duh.

See video here…

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Racism to blame for Obama’s problems, key Democrat says

Well, I’m just shocked!  Shocked, I tell you, to find out that racism is to blame for Obama’s problems (sarcasm).

However, I prefer to call it Obama Derangement Syndrome. You know, it sounds more politically correct.

The truth of the matter is, Rep. Clyburn is spot on!

McClatchy

House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, on Wednesday blamed most of President Barack Obama’s political problems on racism.

Clyburn, who’s from South Carolina and is a close ally of the president, offered his views in response to a question about Obama’s re-election prospects next year.

“I think they’re improving every day,” Clyburn said. “I think the president has been a good president, a great commander in chief.”

Clyburn, who met his wife at a 1960 court hearing after spending a night in jail for having engaged in a civil rights protest in Orangeburg, S.C., then brought up Obama’s race as the first black president.

“You know, I’m 70 years old,” he said. “And I can tell you; people don’t like to deal with it, but the fact of the matter is, the president’s problems are in large measure because of the color of his skin.”

Clyburn noted that he himself got hate mail, racist phone calls and offensive faxes on a regular basis. Asked how that relates to the president, Clyburn retorted: “We have the same skin color; that’s how it relates to him.”

Clyburn described a recent racist image of Obama that received widespread news coverage.

“When he sees his face being put on a chimpanzee’s body; do you think he didn’t see that?” Clyburn said. “And I suspect they send the same faxes to his office they send to mine.”

Marilyn Davenport, a member of the Orange County Republican Central Committee in California, forwarded an email to friends last month that displayed a photograph of a chimpanzee with Obama’s face superimposed on its head.

In response to the immediate uproar, Davenport apologized but rebuffed demands from the California NAACP that she resign her GOP post.

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Sarah Palin: ‘Just too easy’ to criticize Common’s White House appearance

This woman has been so marginalized to the political sidelines recently, that she had to “go there” to get any attention at all. 

 This part of her statement says it all in terms of her “deep-seated” (to borrow a term from Glenn Beck) racist attitude:

“The White House’s judgment on inviting someone who would glorify cop killing during police memorial week, of all times, the judgment is so lacking of class and decency and all that is good about America with an invite like this.”

Politico

Sarah Palin threw some more fuel onto the fire of the Drudge Report-led controversy swirling around the White House’s decision to host the rapper Common at a celebration of poetry.

“It is just too easy,” Palin said of criticizing the decision, which has caused an uproar in conservative spheres. “The White House’s judgment on inviting someone who would glorify cop killing during police memorial week, of all times, the judgment is so lacking of class and decency and all that is good about America with an invite like this.”

Common has come under attack for some of his past lyrics, including those about a former Black Panther who was convicted of killing a police officer. White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended the decision to invite Common, pointing out that the rapper has “spoken very forcefully out against violent and misogynist lyrics.”

Still, Palin was happy to jump into the fray Wednesday night in a lengthy television interview almost entirely dedicated to the controversy.

“We thought we were to be united under the leader of the free world, Barack Obama in tamping down racism and inciting violence — and cop killing certainly — and killing a former president,” Palin said on Fox News, interspersing references to some of Common’s lyrics that have been targeted by the right.

“All those things that this rapper has glorified and is known for certainly reflects a lack of judgment on the White House’s part,” she said.

Orange Co. GOPer Says Obama-As-Chimp Pic Was Just A Joke Meant For Friends

The problem with those self defined innocuous jokes about Obama or Blacks in general, sent via  email or other media is this:  There is a vile history of denigrating African Americans in this country since the civil war, depicting us as monkeys, savages, and the like.  The perception being that we are stupid and have to be trained to act “human” (not to be confused with “humane”.)

TPM Muckraker

Orange County Republican party official Marilyn Davenport has sort-of apologized for sending out a racist picture of President Obama depicting him as a chimp being held by his chimp parents: “I’m sorry if my email offended anyone. I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth.”

She added: “Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you–the email was not meant for you.”

Davenport’s message came after the OC Weekly obtained a copy of an e-mail on Friday with a picture of the President photoshopped onto a baby chimp that’s being held by two adult chimps. “Now you know why no birth certificate,” the picture says.

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Here’s Davenport’s full apology e-mail from Saturday — it’s definitely worth a read:

I’m sorry if my email offended anyone. I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth. In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race. We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them. One only has to go to Youtube or Google Images to see a plethora or lampooning videos and pictures of Obama, Bush and other politicians. That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing. Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you–the email was not meant for you. For any of my friends or acquaintances who were the recipients of my email and were truly offended, please call me so I may offer a sincere verbal apology to you.