The GOP Continues to Perpetuate Racism by Supporting Absurd Black Candidates

ew-jacksonIt always baffles me how Republicans can act so clueless as to why they can’t appeal to black voters. It really doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the reasoning. Ever since Nixon’s “Southern Strategy,” Republicans have purposefully tried to secure the white vote by using manipulative tactics to perpetuate stereotypes against minorities. They’ve mastered dog-whistle politics, coined pejorative terms like “welfare queen” and consistently fought against pretty much any legislation which would do anything to help the poor.

More recently, especially since 2010, we’ve seen a new Republican strategy implemented in their quest to supposedly “appeal” to minority voters. Republicans have been supporting absolutely absurd and outlandish black candidates for office, ranging everywhere from state elections to the presidency of the United States. Apparently, hyping up black candidates who themselves fight against and demean minorities is a “winning” strategy for securing the black vote. See, this candidate is black, we’re appealing to you — vote for us!

Remember Allen West? Who could forget him? He compared progressives to Nazis and called Social Security a “form of slavery.” He even called himself a “modern-day Harriet Tubman” trying to lead blacks away from the “Democratic plantation.” Nothing like trying to call black people “slaves” for supporting Democratic policies. That will certainly win over the black vote.  

Of course, West was defeated and sent home after only one term in Congress last year. Just last month, he was given a perfect position to continue to voice his ridiculous views — as a contributor on Fox News.

Then we had the rise and fall of conservative superstar Herman Cain, and his often surreal run for the presidency. Cain’s behavior was so ridiculous it led Rachel Maddow to speculate that his whole campaign was satire and nothing more than “an art project.” From his goofy 9-9-9 plan to his “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan” and other foreign policy gaffes, everything he said and did was downright bizarre. Even his campaign commercials seemed like something ripped from Saturday Night Live. In his final speech before ending his candidacy, Cain quoted from the Pokemon movie. How fitting. While Cain might have been an entertaining presidential candidate who provided some memorable moments, he certainly brought nothing to the table as far as real leadership ideas — so what was the point?

Or what about the curious case of Alvin Greene, the unlikely Democratic Senate candidate in South Carolina back in 2010? The circumstances surrounding Greene’s victory in the primary were extremely suspicious, with many signs pointing toward some sort of Republican scheme being behind his success. Greene was out of his league from the start, unable to handle simple interview questions and facing felony obscenity charges away from politics. Of course, Greene winning the primary firmly secured Jim DeMint’s re-election, and he handily defeated Greene by a 35-point margin. Funny how that worked out. 

Most recently, we now have E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia. If you haven’t heard of him by now, you’re missing out. You see, Jackson has been busy claiming Planned Parenthood is a “racist” organization that’s “far more lethal to black lives than the KKK.” If that’s not enough, he’s also accused President Obama of seeing the world “from a Muslim perspective.” Oh, and we can’t forget about Jackson’s book, in which he suggests yoga could lead to Satanic possession, and evolution can’t be real because chimpanzees can’t speak. But what else would you expect from a book that doesn’t even have a properly spelled title.

Yes, this is the man that the Virginia Republican Party picked to be their first black candidate for statewide office since 1988 — E.W. ‘the devil makes his home in your yoga pants’ Jackson.

So the question becomes — why? Why are Republicans continuing to support outlandish black candidates who bring nothing but hate or absurdity to the table? Also, if Republicans truly wanted “better ties with minority voters,” wouldn’t they stop throwing support behind candidates — no matter their race — who vow to block any progress on issues that disproportionately affect minorities?

Or is the real issue here that there are too few reasonable and educated black politicians who choose to align with the Republican party? Maybe the issue is that those types of black politicians don’t have the type of appeal Republicans are looking for. Educated, reasonable politicians usually don’t resort to dog-whistle politics and make preposterous claims to try to appeal to voters.

This may come as a shock to many Republicans, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret — black people don’t vote for other black people just because they’re black. Most black voters do actually care what a candidate stands for. Amazing concept, isn’t it?

And yes, for the record, President Obama did receive 93% of the black vote last November. You want to know why? Because your candidate sucked. Get over it.

Thomas Barr

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  • Bob F

    It reminds me of John McCain picking Sarah Palin as his VP candidate in 2008. Hillary Clinton didn’t win the Democratic nomination, so McCain seemed to think that every Democrat who voted for her would automatically vote for Palin. One woman is as good as another, right?

    • Tigerclaw1

      Palin is head and shoulders better than HillBilly.

      • Bill Rubin

        Wow, if you honestly believe that Palin is head and shoulders better than Hillary Clinton, then you reinforce the inherent stupidity that every liberal believes is required to think that Palin is intelligent. Palin is not terribly bright and her record only clearly reinforces that fact. Clinton, like her positions or not, is incredibly bright and has the record to prove it. Apparently, stupid does follow stupid.

      • Tigerclaw1

        You are just a racist and a sexist. You hate her because she is smart, successful, happy, Christian, pretty, and has a Midwestern accent, and she didn’t have to get married to accomplish any of it.

      • Bill Rubin

        You make bold claims without any supporting examples. How exactly do you get me as a racist and sexist, other than the fact that I think Palin is a moron? I don’t think she is a moron because she is female or white. I think she is a moron because she makes statements that are completely false, because she relies on a Bible she doesn’t understand to make claims about reality and not the mythical land of Christianity, and because she demonstrates her utter stupidity on a fairly consistent basis. I am more than happy that she is pretty, Christian, successful, happy, etc. I don’t hate her. But I still think she is a moron. Your comments suggest you very well might be, as well.

      • Tigerclaw1

        In your brainless rampage against Christianity, you used so much hyperbole that you have deemed yourself otherwise useless as a purported “thinker”. And I am no moron, I just know more than you so of course you think it is nonsense. I am a Christian, also a doctor with numerous degrees and research, some law school (it bored me to tears), I have lived abroad, I speak 7 languages, had a perfect GRE (needed GRE for the research program), and I am too smart to stay in a Holiday Inn Express. You can wallow in your bigotry, and you may think that is impossible, seeing as you are a liberal, but trust me, you are a bigot.

      • YeahBut

        Smart, yes. But the rest is BS. She is evil and rotten. WOMEN AGAINST HILLARY! People voted for Obama because he was black. Look how that turned out? Not so well! WE WON’T SETTLE FOR HILLARY JUST BECAUSE SHE PLAYS THE GENDER CARD.

      • YeahBut

        She is corrupt and rotten to the core. Quit watching so much MSNBC.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        You are joking, correct???

      • Tigerclaw1

        Palin is more qualified and is missing about 600 tons of baggage that Pants-Suit Clinton has.

    • YeahBut

      Women YES. Hillary (hell) NO!!!!!

  • Tom Birmingham

    they are simply getting the African American analogues to their own candidates. It’s trying to market a brand in a new country but the taste of that foreign group find’s your product to be repugnant. In reality, their AA candidates are just as stupid, withdrawn from reality and narcisistic as any of their white ones.

  • Nathalie

    As I watch these buffoons in action, I always felt that they’re great mouthpieces to play to racist stereotypes and it’s OK because…”they’re black.” These sell-outs, I mean candidates, are used to speak against the interests of people of color (Mia Love on immigration, for example) and it makes it harder to accuse the GOP of racism because…a black person said it. It’s a sinisterly clever move on the part of GOP and while those of us w/any brains don’t fall for it, a majority of idiots do. It’s not only black people, either (Marco Rubio, anyone?).

  • William

    I’m not saying Black America should speak with one political voice but it’s sickening to watch this Uncle Tom porn.

    • Tigerclaw1

      Calling a black conservative an Uncle Tom is racist, and you are just jealous because they are better than you.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Uh, Uncle Tom is a term black folk used to describe blacks who pandered to the white Massa. Try reading Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice.

      • Tigerclaw1

        I know what it means, and it is telling conservatives that they are sellouts if they are black. Maybe you should try reading, racist little daddy-issues voter.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        You don’t appear to know what it means. How is one black person ridiculing another black person racist.

        Daddy issues? Does that even start to make sense? You forgot your meds this morning.

  • Gilgamesh

    Well… to their defence. ALL of their candidates are crazy. Not just the black ones.

    • Tigerclaw1

      Yeah… We should get normal candidates like Al Franken. Al “Chicken Little the Sky Is Falling” Gore, Anthony Wiener, etc…

      • Souris Optique

        First sensible thing you’ve ever said. Yes, we should.

      • Tigerclaw1

        “You” already did. No conservative would ignore the sarcasm in my post and agree with it.

      • Gilgamesh

        You mean those elected officials that were voted into office? Yes I think that would be an excellent idea for the Republicans or you can keep voting for Bachmann, Romney, Cain, Santorum… whatever it’s your choice man.

      • Tigerclaw1

        Let’s face it: You are just upset because Father’s Day just passed and you still feel confused.

      • Gilgamesh

        You’re right. I do feel confused because of Father’s Day. Why didn’t you call me? I mean sure it was one passionate night that I spent with your mother, but with all the filthy things that I did to her you should feel like I’m your daddy no matter what time has passed.

      • Tigerclaw1

        Sorry, you’re not my dad. I am too smart, handsome, and high-class to be the fruit of your defective genes.

      • Gilgamesh

        It’s Ok. You don’t have to be sorry for not being my son. That night I spent trampolining your mother on coupon night at the Best Western more than made up for it!
        OH SNAP!!

      • Tigerclaw1

        “Oh snapping” your own comment tells me all I need to know about your food stamp ass. =)

      • Gilgamesh

        That I’m better than you? It’s about time that you figured that out. Now learn manners when you talk to your betters, WD.

      • Tigerclaw1

        Come on boy you can do better than that. Well, maybe not.

      • Gilgamesh

        You said it, WD.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        No, you’re not. You’re just deluded.

  • Rob

    It’s an interesting question. Do Republicans pick these people because they’re boffoons, or are they the only choices Republicans have? I’m leaning toward answer #1. I think it’s possible to be a small-government conservative, black, and intelligent. But what Republican would vote for such a person? They elevate characters who play to their script… who make them feel better by denying that racism is (or ever was) a problem, who claim that the problem with black poverty is all about the blacks (or maybe about some socialistic plot by democrats). Those scripts make them feel good. Scripts about how racism has been horrid but we still don’t want government encroaching on our privacy just don’t have the same appeal.

  • Tigerclaw1

    Yeah we should appoint mainstream, normal black folks like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton….

    You just hate our black people because they are successful and not corrupt. Ann Coulter was right. =)

    • Souris Optique

      “your black people.” Thanks for being clear about that. Why are “your” black people so consistently ridiculous, then?

      • Tigerclaw1

        Yeah, you have Sheila Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters, Corrine Brown, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and you want to pretend the conservatives are ridiculous? I think you just hate to see people who are smarter than you who tell you you are wrong. Must be a very unhappy life.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        And you have Louie Gohmert, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Tom Coburn (who doesn’t want relief money for Oklahoma unless it’s taken from someone else), Rick Santorum, Rick “Oops” Perry, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Michael “masturbating fetus” Burgess, should I go on?

      • Tigerclaw1

        2/3 of them are unfairly maligned and the other 1/3 are people you wouldn’t know but for one statement that was actually true but ridiculed by the ignorant left.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Unfairly maligned? So I’m imaging what comes out of their mouths and is on record?

      • Tigerclaw1

        What do you have against Perry, Palin, and Santorum? That is not a challenge to find minor flaws, but for every minor flaw they have there are dozens of major flaws on far more influential Democrats.

    • Gilgamesh

      What do you mean YOUR black people?

      • Tigerclaw1

        Um, do you think anyone is stupid enough to misinterpret my comment the way you are trying to? It shows how weak your side is, and how desperate you are.

      • Gilgamesh

        Weak and desperate? Hmm.. and to think we have a whole system of law based on self incriminating testimony like this. I guess the 5th amendment is put there as more of a guideline then.

      • Tigerclaw1

        Yes, weak and desperate, and even more so seeing as how you double down on your stupid comment.

      • Gilgamesh

        Weak and Desperate. Was that the name the girls gave you in at Christian Summer camp?
        Whatever you say WD.
        Your brain is too short to box with mine. You’ve come to this mental challenge unarmed.

      • Tigerclaw1

        lol If you learn nothing else in your life, know these 2 facts:
        1. Nobody comparing us would think you are the smart one.
        2. Nobody comparing us would think I am the dumb one.

      • Gilgamesh

        Whatever you say WD.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Right…Herman Cain got elected? Alan West got the boot. So much for success. And we’re talking about ELECTING, not APPOINTING.

  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    Herman Cain has done bits on The Daily Show and I think he ran for President for the exposure and publicity. He’s actually pretty funny, but I don’t think he was ever serious about being elected.

  • truevoice4real

    Great article….

  • Flashes

    “I’m going to let you in on a little secret — black people don’t vote for other black people just because they’re black.”

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Old article, I know, but I was doing a bit of research and ran across this article and just had to chip in a word. The quote above, is the funniest and possibly most outlandish lie I’ve ever heard. Wow!!!

  • YeahBut

    Absurd Democrats: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Elenor Holmes Norton, Obama, Eric Holder. Black Republicans (cool): Martin Luther King, Ben Carson, Tim Scott.