Iowa GOP Posts Ridiculous Graph Showcasing Just How Ignorant Republicans Are About Racism

racism-graph-iowa-gopRepublicans can hold meetings, have conventions or do whatever they want to try to solve their problem when it comes to attracting minority voters.  But their biggest problem with things such as race is their own racism.  They can pretend that it’s not there, they can try to “coach” Republican politicians to avoid certain words, but it’s not going to change the fundamental problem within the Republican party that a good amount of them are just plain racist.

Like I’ve said countless times before, living in Texas I see it all the time.  I’ve been to tea party events where racism wasn’t hidden at all.  In fact, it dominated the conversation as much as politics did.

Until Republicans actually address racism as oppose to just trying to find ways to mask it, we’re going to continue to see stupid moves like I saw from the Iowa Republican Party Facebook page.  Somebody affiliated with the Iowa GOP posted a “joke” that might be funny in an inner circles of friends, but is completely inappropriate for an organized office of a major political party.

It’s basically a chart that’s supposed to poke fun at how white people are often seen as racists where other races are not.

Of course the chart was quickly deleted and Iowa Republican Party Chairman A.J. Spiker released a statement condemning the post, but it showcased exactly how naive Republicans are when it comes to the real problem of racism within this country.

Now we’ve all heard racist jokes and we’ve all probably seen graphs like this one that poke fun at racism — heck, the graph itself isn’t even all that offensive, it’s just stupid.  The problem is that a state office for the Republican party posted something like this, proving again that their idea of “minority outreach” continues to fail on most levels.

But what it shows me is that Republicans just don’t get it.  To many of them, racism is just a joke.  Many of them don’t see it as a problem, probably because most of them are white.  And while immature people might privately make racial comments or laugh at racist jokes, it’s not something you do when you’re a major political party.

Especially when racism is still a very big problem.  Even more so when it’s a huge problem within your own party.  

They just don’t get it.  And that’s the problem for Republicans on a lot of issues.

Women’s rights, gay rights, immigration, racism, poverty – they just don’t get it.

To them these are talking points or partisan issues they shift around their stances on in hopes of winning elections.  Etch-a-Sketch, anybody?  They’re not problems they really want to tackle because for many of their voters, they don’t see them as problems.

They see women as secondary to men.  They don’t think gays should have rights.  They want to deport all immigrants.  They don’t think racism is an issue.  They think if you’re poor it’s because you’re lazy.

It’s just blind ignorance.  It’s this bubble they seem to live in where anything outside of it they simply cannot grasp.  It’s why some Republican in Iowa with access to their Facebook page thought this would be funny.  Because they just don’t understand that racism isn’t a joke.

And this was just another great example showcasing the reality that when it comes to major issues like racism – Republicans just don’t get the severity of it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Kristinfan413years

    I’ve seen a fair share of racism on the left side as well…

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Examples? There is racism in some Liberals also, but the majority comes from the right. That is why there are many more non Caucasian voters on the left.

  • Sandy Greer

    We don’t get to decide how others perceive us. We do what we do, say what we say: OTHERS decide what they think about it.

    GOP/TeaPugs can deny racism within ranks, or belittle its importance. But WE are the deciders.

    It’s why they’re losing ground, with the voters.

  • Pipercat

    Too many, from all points on the ideological compass, parse their words in some way to prove something or another. This is not limited to just racial perception, but also shows up in gender issues, religious affiliation and the like. The only concept necessary is the concept of understanding. Anything else is just conditional nonsense.

    • Charles Vincent

      Me thinks that’s too deep for some people. /mindblown

      • Pipercat

        Glad you understand!!!!

  • Kien Tran

    Let’s get down to fundamentals. Being racist is not a choice EVERYONE is racist. Even if just a little bit. The good news is that if we acknowledge it we’re aware of it and we can start to heal. It’s very similar to how women fat-shame and slut-shame other women. Minorities are even racist against their own races. We’re taught to do it. It’s part of our culture and it perpetuates because we don’t do anything about it. It’s INSTITUTIONALIZED. We’re ashamed of it, we’re in denial of it, and so we allow it to go on. We assume that if we don’t talk about it, it won’t exist. Well, it doesn’t work that way. Minorities still earn less, die faster, and spend far more time in jail than whites. WE ARE ALL STILL RACIST.

  • Liberal Larry

    “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate
    and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a
    storybook, man.” — Joe Biden

  • Liberal Lucy

    “A few years ago, (Barack Obama) would have been getting us coffee.” — Bill Clinton to Ted Kennedy

    • Gabriel Gentile

      Yep, and we got him elected President anyway.
      So what’s your record like?

  • White True Patriot

    I hate niggers like God wants me to and look forward to a Final Solution for them when Rick Santorum becomes Fuhrer.

    • Charles Vincent

      Holy hell go back to the democratic party with that bullshit, or better yet build a rocket and launch yourself into the sun FFS.

    • painkills2

      It is a sad state of affairs when our economy supports jobs like yours. I’m thinking we better get you a janitorial job, how would that be? That way, we could keep you away from polite company, and you could still be useful. When was the last time you had your head in a toilet?

      • White True Patriot

        You’re a commie faggot internet troll. I’ve got a bullet for you.

      • painkills2

        Big man, threatening me from afar. I guess one must do what’s necessary to feel important. Or relevant.

      • noah vail

        notice how this cowardly piece of shit hides behind a “guest” screen name

  • Terry

    Talk about IGNORANT ! Allen did not even know the difference between a GRAPH and a F L O W C H A R T !

  • Charles Vincent

    Apparently Mr. Clifton missed the sarcastic humor…