The GOP’s Racial Politics (Video)


Written by Tom Perriello, president of Center for American Progress Action Fund

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:

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Ray S.
Ray S5 years ago

USE your VOICE or LOSE your VOICE so your (children)DAUGHTER'S have a VOICE and FREEDOM of CHOICE!

RICK SANTORUM or what I call him RICK who need's to be in a SANITARIUM (SANTORUM).
Showed his TRUE character when a WOMEN in his audience said terrible things about our President of the United State's that were not only (RACIST) not one (WORD) she spoke had one ounce of (TRUTH)to it. Ya think Mr. SANTORUM you could have set her STRAIGHT, nicely, while DEBUNKING her, in regard's to BIRTH-ISM and the President's RELIGIOUS BELIEF'S. Instead of feeding to the (FEAR) and (FRENZY) of (RACISM),then stating he's tired of giving BLAH people FREE handout's. I have pretty GOOD hearing the word I heard was not BLAH it was BLACK as CLEAR as day. Like the way Senator John McCain did while running for President in 2008!

When the POTENTIAL next PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATE'S of AMERICA say thing's like Newt GINGRICH referring to President Obama as the FOOD STAMP President and that BLACK people need to learn how to WORK for a CHECK not get a FREE handout. REALLY? Like SLAVE'S don't know what HARD WORK is with NO PAY!!

Newt GINGRICH notice the (RICH) in the name? Willard M. ROMNEY notice the (r-MONEY) in his name? LAST but not LEAST:Rick SANTORUM notice the similarity in his name to SANITARIUM? Quit frankly, he is out of his (MIND) if he think's AMERICAN'S (REPUBLICAN or DEMOCRAT) especially (WOMEN) and (MINORITIES) would agree with any of his

Curtis Monroe G.
Curtis Griffin6 years ago

Diane O., While I'll agree with you that any word creates a gap for generalizations that will never fit any individual, your self righteous, selective BS comes through anytime you try to add some detail to your thought. Please so everyone can read, less tag lines, more info like the following that you wrote

"There's no racism going emanating from the right. People are judged by their performance irrespective of their skin color. It has been decades, I mean decades, since we have had 'race discrimination' lawsuits in our courts."

Hate groups have grown 50% in the last decade in the US, check Southern Poverty Law Center.

How about Arizona's racial profiling law in our courts? Plenty more out there, just let me know if you care.

You can't go from preaching that liberals are fools for generalizing ALL republicans and then generalize yourself by saying that NO ONE is a racist. Racists are alive and well in your party and you empower them with your denial.

Then Diane writes about racism in Obama's book,
"Dylan, that was a joke right? You want ME to do your research for you? No, Dylan, read the book, do your own research. It's out there. All you have to do is research......"

This sure is an intelligent way to debate, why should Diane have to support any of her arguements, not only that, but insult someone for her own inability or lack of will to rationalize her position. KEEP POSTING DIANE, KEEP POSTING.

Elizabeth Irby
Elizabeth Irby6 years ago

Hateful people. Beware of the Republicans. They are criminals without guns. What a mess the US has on their hands. Hopefully, the voters will use at least one small part of their brains when they vote in the next election. The lobbyists make millions and give more than we would like to know for the sake of GREED.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

No surprises here -- pass on by. The repubs have used the southern strategy for decades, and stupid people continue to fall for their lies. It's a sign of the stupidening of American -- believe anything you hear on t.v. or from a politician -- don't bother to check facts.

Beverly C.
Beverly C6 years ago

The statements from the Republicans on the video are upsetting, maddening, and WRONG. -Bev (I am a caucasian teacher)

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

I have been saying for almost 4 years now that the agenda of the Republicans to have President Obama fail is simply because he is bi-racial. Look at where most of the hatred and obstruction is fueled/lead from…Southern elected officials. Those people just about croaked when President Obama got elected because they knew if he did a good job the Presidency just might go to another minority or woman. They were and are in shock that a bi-racial, intelligent, caring, family man and patriot could be elected.

I believe with every fiber in my being that there are still those who would love to see the old South rise again and along with those believers is the religious-right who is also racist and bigoted. That is why the Republican Party has reached out to Corporations because Corporate CEO's will support any Party no matter their social agenda as long as they get what they want financially; these CEO’s will and have sold this country to the highest bidder.

Those of you that are hard core Republicans and conservative take a good long look at your Party. It is not the Party you once knew, there isn’t one single solid conservative in your Party and those that use to be and are still there sold their truth and yours to the racist, bigots, ultra religious right and anti-Americans. I ask you to be brutally honest with yourself in 2012 before you vote for any Republican, your ideals and those of this country are at stake.

lee e.
lee e6 years ago

Last week there was a post regarding the fact that racists have less intelligence. I believe that's true - while the "eft" is an exception - there must be a few exceptions to every rule - newt may actually not be so intelligent - bombastic arrogance can frequently pose itself as intelligence - who in their right mind would be so blatantly racist with such cunning as to avoid the "N" word while actually running for office as a "paid by the people" "for the people" position! It is rather astonishing to me that evidently there is an endless supply of dummies in our electorate - of course mostly located in the South, I was therefore shocked to see how far west it has traveled; when I consider the "brewster" of AZ or this brain dead pig from CO - these are new additions to the mentally challenged racists of the country - it's contagious!

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Good luck America, you certainly have your work cut out for ya!

Mark S.
Mark S6 years ago

Exactly. You shouldn't vote republican unless you are a rich, white christian male. If you do, you deserve what you get.

Brian F.
Brian F6 years ago

Republicans are racist pigs, period. It's long past time that we accept and ackowledge that all republicans care about is money, power, and white people.