Okay, let’s take a little quiz:
• Rick Santorum did not say:
“I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.”
“I don’t want to make bleaugh people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.”
Oh, that makes all the difference!
Racist, or no? Yeah I think so. I’m with Max Read on this one: there is no other word Rick Santorum could possibly have been intending to say other than “black.” And continuing to perpetuate the incorrect notion that there are more black people on welfare than any other ethnic group is racist. In fact, in terms of sheer numbers, the majority of welfare recipients are white. This is a no-brainer: there are more of us out there in the population. Do the damn math. When the economy sucks, people seek government assistance. That’s why it’s there, idiot!
• Newt Gingrich promised to personally visit the NAACP convention and lecture African Americans on how they need to get off food stamps and demand paychecks.
Racist or no? Um, yeah! Thank you, white man with the $1 million Tiffany’s line of credit! Thanks for lecturing black folk on how they “should” live. Nice little stereotype you’ve got there, all those lazy black folk taking Hawaiian vacations on their food stamps instead of working for a living. It’s also bullshit, but whatever. And while we’re at it, is Newt planning to say anything to all the white folk on food stamps? Or is his finger-wagging reserved just for brown folk?
• Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal was forced to apologize for forwarding an e-mail that mocked Michelle Obama’s hairstyle and referred to her as “Mrs. YoMama.”
Racist? Probably. It was certainly disrespectful to the First Lady, offensive and most assuredly inappropriate from an elected official.
• Over at the NHL, Florida Panthers enforcer Krys Barch just got suspended for a game after a linesman caught him making a “racial slur” at the Montreal Canadiens’ P.K. Subban. What was Barch’s comment to the Jamaican-Canadian (i.e., brown-skinned) Subban? Barch asked if Subban “slipped on a banana peel” after a fight on the ice.
WTF? That’s racist? C’mon. Context, people, context! You can say the word “banana” around black people. Portraying black people as apes, which has been done throughout our history as a means of dehumanizing and oppressing African Americans, is the uncool, racist part.
As an aside, I will be sooo glad when we get to the “post-racial” part of the American experience. Perhaps not in my lifetime, but some day.