The GOP Continues to Perpetuate Racism by Supporting Absurd Black Candidates
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Jun 13, 2013
It always baffles me how Republicans can act so clueless as to why they cant appeal to black voters. It really doesnt take a rocket scientist to understand the reasoning. Ever since Nixons Southern Strategy, Republicans have purposefully tried to secure the white vote by using manipulative tactics to perpetuate stereotypes against minorities. Theyve mastered dog-whistle politics, coined pejorative terms like welfare queen and consistently fought against pretty much any legislation which would do anything to help the poor.
More recently, especially since 2010, weve seen a new Republican strategy implemented in their quest to supposedly appeal to minority voters. Republicans have been supporting absolutely absurd and outlandish black candidates for office, ranging everywhere from state elections to the presidency of the United States. Apparently, hyping up black candidates who themselves fight against and demean minorities is a winning strategy for securing the black vote. See, this candidate is black, were appealing to you vote for us!
Remember Allen West? Who could forget him? He compared progressives to Nazis and called Social Security a form of slavery. He even called himself a modern-day Harriet Tubman trying to lead blacks away from the Democratic plantation. Nothing like trying to call black people slaves for supporting Democratic policies. That will certainly win over the black vote.
Of course, West was defeated and sent home after only one term in Congress last year. Just last month, he was given a perfect position to continue to voice his ridiculous views as a contributor on Fox News.
Then we had the rise and fall of conservative superstar Herman Cain, and his often surreal run for the presidency. Cains behavior was so ridiculous it led Rachel Maddow to speculate that his whole campaign was satire and nothing more than an art project. From his goofy 9-9-9 plan to his Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-sta n and other foreign policy gaffes, everything he said and did was downright bizarre. Even his campaign commercials seemed like something ripped from Saturday Night Live. In his final speech before ending his candidacy, Cain quoted from the Pokemon movie. How fitting. While Cain might have been an entertaining presidential candidate who provided some memorable moments, he certainly brought nothing to the table as far as real leadership ideas so what was the point?
Or what about the curious case of Alvin Greene, the unlikely Democratic Senate candidate in South Carolina back in 2010? The circumstances surrounding Greenes victory in the primary were extremely suspicious, with many signs pointing toward some sort of Republican scheme being behind his success. Greene was out of his league from the start, unable to handle simple interview questions and facing felony obscenity charges away from politics. Of course, Greene winning the primary firmly secured Jim DeMints re-election, and he handily defeated Greene by a 35-point margin. Funny how that worked out.
Most recently, we now have E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia. If you havent heard of him by now, youre missing out. You see, Jackson has been busy claiming Planned Parenthood is a racist organization thats far more lethal to black lives than the KKK. If thats not enough, hes also accused President Obama of seeing the world from a Muslim perspective. Oh, and we cant forget about Jacksons book, in which he suggests yoga could lead to Satanic possession, and evolution cant be real because chimpanzees cant speak. But what else would you expect from a book that doesnt even have a properly spelled title.
#3 Jun 15, 2013
Want looney? How about Al Sharpton!
#4 Jun 15, 2013
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