I’ve been asked by my Republican friends to refrain from criticizing all of them and instead single out individuals or simply say “some Republicans, not all Republicans.”
I can do that. Some Republicans are racist assholes. One specific Republican who is a fucking racist asshole is John Sununu, the chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign. Following Colin Powell’s endorsement of President Obama for a second term, Sununu was interviewed by CNN’s clownish Piers Morgan.
You would expect Team Romney to shrug off the former Bush Administration Secretary of State supporting their rival, but Sununu, a man with a breathlessly nasty temperament couldn’t refrain from showing just how nasty he is.
MORGAN: “Colin Powell has decided to opt for President Obama again, despite apparently still being a Republican. Is it time he left the party?”
SUNUNU: “Well, I’m not sure how important that is. I do like the fact that Colin Powell’s boss, George Herbert Walker Bush, has endorsed Mitt Romney all along. And frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder if that’s an endorsement based on issues, or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama.”
MORGAN: “What reason would that be?”
SUNUNU: “Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being President of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him.”
That’s today’s Republican Party. There’s nothing too reactionary or inflammatory or just flat-out stupid someone with an “R” after their name can say that goes too far. Is Sununu backing Romney because he’s of his own race? For far too long it’s been thrown in the face of Black supporters of Obama that, “You’re voting for him because he’s Black.” Which is crap. I’m voting for Obama because he’s not Mitt Romney.
Whites vote for candidates for no reason than they’re White and that’s accepted as standard operating procedure. Blacks are supposed to apologize and explain why they support someone who looks like them. Could it be the content of his character, not the color of his skin, makes Obama the best man for the job?
Not to shitheads like Sununu. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told liberal talk show host Ed Schultz “My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people, not all of them, but most of them, who are still basing their decision on race,” Wilkerson said. “Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists.”
“And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that’s despicable.”
President Obama refused to bite Sununu’s race-bait. In a radio interview Obama said, “I don’t think that there are many people in America who would question Gen. Powell’s credibility, his patriotism, his willingness to tell it straight. So any suggestion that Gen. Powell would make such a profound statement in such an important election based on anything other than what he thought would be best for America doesn’t make much sense.”
The Republican Party is not racist. Republicans are not by nature any more racist than Democrats. But racists are voting Republicans and when Romney allows his people to race-bait in such an overt way it speaks volumes on how little he cares when his campaign wallows in craven appeals to bigotry.
Not only do anti-Black attitudes still exist, they have been growing and thriving since America elected its first Black president.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.
Those views could cost President Barack Obama votes as he tries for re-election, the survey found, though the effects are mitigated by some Americans’ more favorable views of blacks.
Racial prejudice has increased slightly since 2008 whether those feelings were measured using questions that explicitly asked respondents about racist attitudes, or through an experimental test that measured implicit views toward race without asking questions about that topic directly.
In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.
“As much as we’d hope the impact of race would decline over time … it appears the impact of anti-black sentiment on voting is about the same as it was four years ago,” said Jon Krosnick, a Stanford University professor who worked with AP to develop the survey.
Romney will never say he wants anyone to vote for him because he’s White, but he certainly knows he will get a lot of votes because he is.
Race matters and racism matters as well. What some suspected, many already knew: if Obama will get Black votes because he’s Black, it’s equally true that he won’t get votes from Whites because he’s Black.
This has nothing to do with party affiliation. There are Democrats who won’t support a Black candidate too. The sentiment that there needs to be a White man in the White House doesn’t have to be said out loud. It hangs in the air unsaid, but clear.
If Obama loses, White racism won’t be the reason. But it will be one of the reasons.
- Keeping it Real: Sununu is a racist (current.com)
- Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Colin Powell Aide, Blasts Sununu, GOP, As ‘Full Of Racists’ (policyabcs.wordpress.com)
- Op-Ed Columnist: The Company Romney Keeps (nytimes.com)
- Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Colin Powell Aide, Blasts Sununu, GOP As ‘Full Of Racists’ (democraticunderground.com)