Oh Wow. RACIST!! I want to thank Think Progress for posting this. This is some straight BS! If you are a black person living in AZ you need to campaign really, really hard to get this man out of office. Here’s the info:
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) — one of the most conservative member of Congress, according to a new National Journal ranking — decried the strained state of political discourse in an interview today with blogger-activist Mike Stark. While defending hate radio host Rush Limbaugh, Franks said bipartisanship and “true tolerance” is about “being halfway decent to each other in spite of the differences.” But when the conversation turned to abortion, Franks made a clearly indecent comment, claiming that African-Americans were probably better off under slavery than they are today:
FRANK: 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?
What? Huh? Don’t believe me? Watch it (beginning 6:20):
Franks continued by saying, “[S]ometimes we get angry and say things that we shouldn’t say, and I apologize…[for saying things] that are intemperate. But I don’t want to hide from the truth.”
Truth? Readers, is this the truth? AZ, is this the truth that you want your Representatives to believe in?
Update: Salon.com has picked up the story. They report this: Abortion-rights opponents like to compare abortion and slavery; the Dred Scott vs. Sandford case is often seen on the right as the 19th century equivalent of Roe v. Wade. Still, the comments caught the attention of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
“To compare the horrors and inhumane treatment of millions of African Americans during slavery as a better way of life for African Americans today is beyond repulsive,” said Stephanie Young, a DCCC spokeswoman. “In 2010, during the 2nd year of our first African American president, it is astonishing that a thought such as this would come to mind, let alone be shared. The next time Congressman Franks wants to make assumptions about what policies are ‘best’ for the African American community, he should keep them to himself.” [Full Article]
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Negro dialect? Really Senator Harry Reid? Just because you mean well doesn’t mean your comments were not racially insensitive. If you’re dark-skinned with a negro dialect…guess you’ll never be elected. Bright=right, huh?
Democrats continue to close ranks behind Sen. Reid after the book “Game Change” revealed that he made comments suggesting that Barack Obama could become the first African-American president because he was “light-skinned” and because he did not speak with a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Reid has apologized, but the right is milking this situation for all it’s worth and calling for him to step down.
In this situation I feel that what is said has been said and there is no good excuse. There is a lot wrong with Reid’s remarks. Blacks shouldn’t give him a pass, and Democrats shouldn’t either. He shouldn’t the spokesperson for the Dems, anymore than Trent Lott should be the spokesperson for Republicans. If he going to see any real repercussions? Perhaps when he’s up for re-election.
We should hold politicians to a higher standard and sometimes you don’t get a second chance after you put your foot in your mouth. Joe Biden is the exception to that rule, the Dems can’t afford to have more than one loud mouth who doesn’t think before he speaks. That’s what the Republicans and Fox news are for.
The NY Times makes some great points:
Supporters of Mr. Reid said the Reid and Lott situations were also different because of what they say is Mr. Reid’s unimpeachable record on civil rights. They mentioned Mr. Reid’s support from black leaders across the country as well as his efforts to integrate the Las Vegas strip and Nevada’s gambling industry. Mr. Lott’s record was more mixed, and included, among things, his previous opposition to making the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday and his vote against the Voting Right Act as a member of Congress.
“They are not in the least bit comparable,” said Lani Guinier, the Harvard Law School professor whose nomination as assistant attorney general for civil rights in 1993 was pummeled by conservative groups and eventually withdrawn by President Bill Clinton.
Mr. Lott’s remarks, Ms. Guinier said, seemed to be expressing nostalgia for the segregationist platform of Mr. Thurmond’s 1948 presidential campaign, while Mr. Reid comments seemed to be addressing “an unfortunate truth about the present.” That truth, she said, is that Mr. Obama would have had a more difficult time getting elected if his skin were darker and if he spoke in a dialect more identifiable as “black.”
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Good Lord, it’s cold outside today. I think Chicago’s famous “Hawk” has come to DC because it missed the Obamas. If you have infants or small children, you might want to stay inside. It is “killing people” cold today!!
Oh, and while I’m talking about weather, will somebody please get Fenty to change DC government’s cheap ways and buy some chemical salt to treat the streets with before the next round of snow (and ice)?!?!? This cheap, “fresh from the shores of Myrtle Beach”-looking salt messes up paint jobs and causes rust. Is it salt or sand??? I don’t know. What I do know is that it does more to wear away the black top on the streets than it does to melt away snow. I hit a pot hole yesterday that was so big you would have thought a backhoe dug it out.
Let’s get some better salt? Gentrification and taxes from the condo boom have brought in enough money by now to make such a reasonable change possible.
“…my master’s gone away!”
It just makes me laugh when people post comments on Republican related articles on this blog in an effort to “educate” us about the Republican party’s connection to Abraham Lincoln. Newsflash: I’m aware.
There is a lot that has not changed from 1800s America, but the nature of the Republican party is not one of those things. The Republican party of the late 1800s is not the party of today. That could be painted as a bad thing, that could be painted as a good thing…it depends on who has the paint brush in hand.
In 2009, Republicans cannot claim the glory of Lincoln’s legacy by association any more than present day Democrats can claim the glory of Kennedy or Roosevelt presidencies. All we are really talking about here is political associations during a specific era. Political associations are flexible and subject to change.
Having a great last name doesn’t make you great. Being part of a wonderful family doesn’t mean you won’t one day shoot your friend in the face by accident. Being a great dad doesn’t mean you won’t cheat on your wife with an intern. Bottom line, it’s goodness by association. As to say, Republicans are good because of Lincoln’s association with the party. Republicans are neither all bad or all good…but that can be said of any person, place, or political party.
Note: When I hear of Democrats saying racist things on social media sites or via email I will be sure to post them…don’t you worry. Equal opportunity exposure, honey.
The content of the emails that Republican Gary Frago was passing around are the most racist so far that have been noted by major media outlets. The Republicans just need to learn that you don’t forward racist emails, and you don’t respond to or post racist comments on Facebook and Twitter. It’s that simple. Nothing is private anymore. Note to the party: You don’t need anymore help looking insensitive. You’re party’s participation in the Sotomayor hearings was quite enough, at least for this week.
Here is the scoop from Wonkette (Who’s liberal use of the n-word at one point gave me pause. Just because you’re talking about someone else using the word doesn’t mean you should. I’m talking about: “Niggers are just a naturally funny subject, to everyone.” Um…really?)
The latest batch of foul, blatant racism comes from “City Councilman Gary Frago,” in some place near Merced, California. And he’s not sorry, either! “I’m not the only one that does it,” Frago told the Merced Sun-Star. Yeah, we’ve noticed.
All in all, the Sun-Star obtained seven e-mails that Frago sent from October 2008 to February 2009 from an anonymous source.
Some compared Obama to O.J. Simpson while others suggested that “nigger rigs” should now be called “presidential solutions.”
Perhaps the most overboard e-mail was sent on Jan. 15. It read: “Breaking News Playboy just offered Sarah Palin $1 million to pose nude in the January issue. Michelle Obama got the same offer from National Geographic.”
The newspaper tracked down the person who sent the emails to Continue reading
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I’m sure that none of my readers will be surprised that Republican leaders have yet to understand that the crazy stuff they say online will be picked up in mainstream media or at least by the bloggers. Here’s another example from Gawker.com:
“First of all, why is a vice chairwoman of the Young Republicans 38 years old? And secondly, why is she “lol”-ing at racist Facebook comments? Oh, right, because she is a vice chairwoman of the Young Republicans.
Frankly? It is a pretty non-shocking example of the GOP’s ability to find humor in the craziest and most racist of places. But here is the magical tale of Audra Shay, Young Republican leader:
Shay posted something dumb about health care, on her Facebook, and one of her friends responded, as anyone would, with an angry string of slurs.
Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.”
Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments: “You tell em Eric! lol.””
Note to the Republican party: It’s really, really hard to re-invent your image when your membership doesn’t embody that “change”.
But wait…it gets better. Shay only de-friended people who complained about her comments!
Cassie Wallender, a national committeewoman from the Washington Young Republican Federation, then wrote: “Someone please help a naïve Seattle girl out, is Eric’s comment a racist slur?” She answered her own question one minute later: “Okay, why is this okay? I just looked it up. ‘It comes from a term baracoons (a cage) where they used to place Africans who were waiting to be sent to America to be slaves.’ THIS IS NOT OKAY AND IT’S NOT FUNNY.”
This was followed soon after by the chairman of the D.C. Young Republicans, Sean L. Conner, who wrote “I’m really saddened that you would support this type of racial language. ..wow! Thanks Cassie for standing up…”
Baracoons, really? Well, there is my black history lesson for the day. Wow.
He apologized but I don’t give a F***. Sorry. This is unacceptable. Totally.
Today former state election director Rusty DePass issued an apology Wednesday for his comments last week linking an escaped gorilla with the ancestors of First Lady Michelle Obama.
The formal apology came during a noon press conference at the offices of the State NAACP.
“I am truly sorry for any offense I have caused,” DePass said, speaking to a small group gathered for the press conference.
DePass, commenting on the facebook.com social networking Web site Friday, created a stir when he said an escaped gorilla at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia was probably one of Obama’s ancestors.
DePass responded to a facebook.com link to news the gorilla had briefly escaped his cage by writing: “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”
DePass later admitted he was referring to the First Lady. source
Um…NAACP, why did you host this fake apology? Why?