Friday, June 19, 2009

The Republican Party’s Racism Problem

Crystal Wright at New Majority has an interesting piece on an issue that the Republican Party still must address within its ranks.
Racism is alive and well and brewing in the Republican party. Newscoma.com reported on its blog that Sherri Goforth, legislative aid to Tennessee State Senator Diane Black (R-Gallatin), emailed this photo - “Historical Keepsake Photo” - to “the wrong list of people.”

Every white president in the image is depicted with a portrait or photo of himself until you get to our 44th and first black president Barack Obama. His picture is a caricature of the grossest, most racist sort: a black background with white eyes piercing through. This image is reminiscent of a spook, a racist term used for blacks to suggest because of their dark skin they can blend into the night and look like a ghost. The image also looks like a coon, another abhorrent caricature portraying blacks as lazy, inarticulate buffoons.

Either image is offensive and racist and particularly repugnant when applied to the President of the United States. It reminds us this country and more importantly the Republican party has a long way to go on race relations and living in reality. When a reporter with NIT news in Nashville asked Goforth about the email, she said she “felt bad about sending it to the wrong list of people” but never apologized to the President
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The whole piece is worth your time.

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