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?
I was looking for information on racist comic act “Shirley Q. Liquor” and ran across this info. Oh my! It’s interesting how young white people these days are so comfortable with racist imagery and blackface, to the point where they just post things all over the net. CRAZY.
From Ban Shirley Q. Liquor – University of Alabama student Elizabeth Dennis recently changed her Facebook profile image from Piglet, a Winnie the Pooh character, that was in blackface with one hand holding a watermelon and the other holding a bucket of KFC Fried Chicken, with the word “Niglet” underneath. After it got around that the photo was up she posted a new pic and added the confession “the profile pic was a joke … Sorry if I offended.”
But after looking at all of the photos that she posted of herself in blackface, I am even more disappointed that she was apparently supported by other brothas and sistas to do what she did.
Elizabeth must have missed the big speech yesterday because these photos were up TODAY.
But America’s transcending race and blacks need to get over it. Yeah right!
I wonder what’s the percentage of white college students dressing up in blackface to black college students dressing up in whiteface and then being stupid enough or smart enough, depending on how you look at it, to post the photos on Facebook or Myspace. Continue reading
What do you think…should this video be censored?
Blackface-book: Should Whites Reenact Jena 6?
Pushing Decency Louisiana Students Play Racist
By: Emily Steiner | Washington Post
Is it racist, or just kids playing in the mud? Eyebrows are raising over a Facebook video reenacting the stomping incident in Jena, La. The footage shows three University of Louisiana at Monroe students in blackface, playfully acting out the racially motivated assault on a fourth white student. In the background others can be heard yelling out racial epithets.
Shot on the banks of the Ouachita River, the minute-long video was posted on the Facebook page of Kristy Smith, though her page has since been made private and footage pulled after she received a number of complaints. However, The Smoking Gun has obtained a copy of the video as well as a number of photos of the white students covered in mud and showing the number “6” with their fingers.
While Smith is quoted saying “I’m not racist,” but things “got a lil out of hand,” the video was posted days later and is entitled “The Jena 6 on the River,” fueling speculation that it was not inspired just by inebriated spontaneity. On the other hand, since student film has long been a medium for controversial commentary, should Smith’s film be censored?
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