Recently, presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson shared once again the oft-repeated meme about black people being manipulated into believing that the republican party is racist. When looking for examples of this insidious manipulation, I found plenty of incidents of media trickery. Just a partial list of how the media dupes black people into believing that republicans are racist is provided below.
A picture on the Republican National Committee’s Facebook page featured President Obama eating what looks to be a piece of fried chicken with a caption that read “Miscegenation is a crime against American values”.
When she thought she was out of the range of a microphone, Ohio republican Representative Jean Schmidt told a “birther” that she agrees with her, calling into question whether some folks believe their own denials about the impact of race in these debates.
US Representative Lynn Jenkins shared that the GOP was looking for “a great white hope” to counter President Obama. Congressman Jim Clyburn’s congressional office was vandalized with a swastika.
Congressman David Scott shared racially charged hate mail he received during the health care debate.
Mississippi republican State Senator Lydia Chassaniol gave a keynote address to the Council of Conservative Citizens – an organization with a well-documented history of racism – saying that “seeing you gives me hope”.
In the midst of her campaign for Chair of the Young Republicans Organization, Audra Shay, cheer-led racist comments on her Facebook page. She was re-elected.
Michelle Bachmann led other republican politicians in blaming the entire financial meltdown on – you guessed it – racial minorities when she stated that the mortgage debacle that ignited the global crisis was caused by loans “being made on the basis of race and little else”.
In reaction to pictures of the First Family, and particularly of then 11 year old Malia Obama wearing a t-shirt with a "peace" symbol on it, members of the conservative Free Republic website unleashed a torrent of racist invective, including:
"We’re being represented by a family of ghetto trash."
"Looks like a bunch of ghetto thugs. A stain on America."
"Looks like a typical street whore."
"What we now are sending the ghetto over to represent us. and if so who the hell is that flea bag who looks to be dragged from the trash dumpster."
"you could go down any ghetto right now and see exactly the same."
"could you imagine what world leaders must be thinking seeing this kind of street trash and that we paid for this kind of street ghetto trash to go over there"
"the world must be laughing like mad right now at that we have this kind of street trash in our white house."
"Wonder when she will have her first abortion."
"sad isn’t it that we now have ghetto street trash over there representing us in Europe."
"This disgusting display makes me more and more eager for the revolution."
"They make me sick.... The whole family... mammy, pappy, the free loadin’ mammy-in-law, the misguided chillin’, and especially ‘lil cuz..."
This is not the America I want representin’ my peeps."
Minnesota State Senate Candidate Mike Parry calls President Obama “a power hungry arrogant black man”. He apparently prefers his black men unambitious and docile. He won the republican endorsement of his candidacy.
Republicans in San Bernadino County published a newsletter that included “Obama Bucks”, a food-stamp with pictures of watermelon, fried chicken, ribs and Kool-Aid surrounding a picture of the President.
A republican mayor in California distributed e-mails featuring a watermelon patch in the foreground of the White House.
A South Carolina republican activist shared on his Facebook page that an escaped gorilla was an ancestor of First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Tennessee Republican party distributed a collage featuring pictures of Presidents of the United States, depicting President Obama as two eyes peering out of a black background.
Adam LaDuca, at the time executive director of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans, wrote on his Facebook page that then candidate Senator Obama has “a pair of lips so large he could float half of Cuba to the shores of Miami.”
The GOP chairman of New Mexico’s Bernalillo County said "The truth is that Hispanics came here as conquerors," he said. "African-Americans came here as slaves” and that "Hispanics consider themselves above blacks. They won't vote for a black president."
A republican City Councilman enjoyed racist e-mails regarding the President and the First Lady so much that he thought everyone should have the same fun he was having. So he distributed and forwarded “jokes” that compared Obama to O.J. Simpson while others suggested that "n@!$%r rigs" should now be called "presidential solutions."
Chip Saltsman, former chair of the Tennessee republicans and candidate for Chairman of the Republican National Committee, distributed a CD containing the song “Barack the Magic Negro”.
In addition to distributing sexually perverted e-mails, Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino distributed racist e-mails, including one depicting the President as a pimp and First Lady as a prostitute. Paladino still received 37% of the vote.
When discussing the possibility of President Obama replacing Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Sylvester Stallone and Nancy Pelosi, respectively, Larry Faircloth, republican gubernatorical candidate in West Virgina, stated that the new campaign slogan would be "Vote Sambo, Rambo and Bimbo."
Republibaggerservative Congressional candidate Craig Huey produced a campaign ad attacking his female democratic opponent that depicted her as a pole-dancing stripper girlfriend of assault weapon wielding black gangstas.
While wearing a wire during an FBI operation, republican official Scott Beason refers to black casino patrons as “aborigines”.
Marilyn Davenport, a member of the Orange County Republican Party Central Committee, promoted a photograph of a “family” of chimpanzees, dressed in human clothing, with President Obama’s face photoshopped onto the head of the baby chimpanzee.
The republican governor of Virginia claimed that slavery was not a significant aspect of the Civil War
Rand Paul stated that retailers and restaurants should be able to discriminate against black patrons
South Carolina official Sherry Lanford Smith, posted on her Facebook page a joke about killing President and First Lady Obama Kansas Tea Party group calls President Obama a skunk because he is half black and half white.
Republican Congressman Doug Lambourne stated that working with President Obama was like touching a Tar Baby Fox News referred to President Obama's 50th Birthday party as a "hip hop barbecue".
In response to President Obama signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, California tea party/libertarian candidate Jules Mason posted the hateful words "Assassinate the @!$%#en @!$%# and his monkey children"
A tweet from the account of University of Texas College republicans president Cassie Wright says: "My president is black, he snorts a lotta crack. Holla. #2012 #Obama"
Fox News talking head Eric Bolling claimed that President Obama was "chugging 40s in IRE while tornados ravage MO" and said that the President was hosting "hoodlum[s] in the hizzouse" in description of state visits by African leaders.
A Fox News headline referred to the President's 50th birthday party as a "hip-hop barbecue".
During an interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, conservative columnist Pat Buchanan referred to President Obama as "your boy".
Rush Limbaugh referred to First Lady Obama's behavior as "a little bit of uppity-ism".
Alabama republican officials were heard on a wire talking about how "every black, every illiterate would be taken to the polls on "HUD-financed busses". A federal judge found that the motivations of those officials was to "increase Republican political fortunes by reducing African-American voter turnout."
In response to a question about foreign interests, Presidential candidate and former senator Rick Santorum specifically targets black people when meandering into a discussion about entitlements - which had nothing to do with the original question Santorum stated:
”I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them other people’s money"
Kansas republican Mike O'Neal applies to President Obama a verse from a Psalm that calls for the death of a government official. He also sends around an e-mail referring to the First Lady as "Yo Mama".
Republican candidate Newt Gingrich claims that he would tell the NAACP that black people should be demanding jobs instead of demanding food stamps, ignoring the fact that black people have been demanding jobs and have not been demanding food stamps.
After an encounter on a tarmac after the arrival of Air Force One where she wagged her finger in the face of President Obama, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer claims that she felt "threatened" by the President, even though witnesses from both parties intimated that the President was characteristically calm.
In spite of fact-checker unanimity regarding the mendacity of its assertion, the Romney campaign continued to assert that President Obama was eliminating work requirements from welfare reform. Romney took the lie even further in saying that President Obama was doing so to shore up his voting base.
Failed tea party local office candidate Jules Manson posted on his Facebook page that someone should Assassinate the fucken nigger and his monkey children"
The Mecklenburg County (VA) GOP affiliate maintains a Facebook page that includes images of President Obama as a wife-beating thug and a witch-doctor. In defending the racist images, GOP county chairman Wally Hudson said "We know our regular readers, who are good conservatives, they're gonna get a kick out of it."
A Romney/Ryan supporter felt more than comfortable attending a Romney campaign rally wearing a t-shirt that said "put the white back in the White House".
From Doug Preisse, chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party and a member of the elections board, on the reason he opposes extended voting hours in Columbus:
"I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine."
Among the numerous racist statements in his self-published book Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative, Arkansas republican legislator John Hubbard claims among other things that slavery was good for black people:
“… the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth."
Cooper City (FL) republican commissioner John Sims wrote on his Facebook page:
"Just wanted to let you know ... today I received my 2013 Social Security Stimulus Package. It contained two tomato seeds, cornbread mix, two discount coupons to KFC, an 'Obama Hope & Change' bumper sticker, a prayer rug, a machine to blow smoke up my ass and a 'Blame it on Bush' poster for the front yard. The directions were in Spanish. Yours should arrive soon."
Arkansas republican state legislator Jason Rapert rallied tea partiers with remarks that included <blockquote>"We're going to try to take this country back for conservatism. And we're not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in."</blockquote>
Arkansas republican state legislator Loy Mauch wrote a series of letters to the Arkansas Gazette defending slavery including
"If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861?"
Montana County's GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Olsen posted a picture of a "trap" featuring a watermelon under a raised box and featuring the caption: "The Secret Service just uncovered a plot to kidnap the president. More details as we get them..."
Former South Carolina republican party Executive Director Todd Kincannon demonstrated his vulgarity and racism when he tweeted
"This Super Bowl sucks more d.ck than an adult Trayvon Martin would have for drug money".
South Carolina republican Kris Crawford admits the level of racism within the party when he states:
"It is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House right now, especially for the republican party".
A black man is escorted out of CPAC2013 after a white attendee became angry about the black man's questioning over the lack of black attendees. In spite of his screaming, the white man was not asked to leave.
During a CPAC breakout session, attendee Scott Terry suggests that black people should be grateful for the food and shelter provided to slaves by their owners to the cheers and applause from several members in the audience.
Republican Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile said that the county needed to hire an architect to design county building improvements instead of "nigger-rigging it". In response to a question, Dallas tea party leader Ken Emanuelson said
"Well, I'm going to be real honest with you: The Republican Party doesn't want black people to vote..."
During the same CPAC, an attendee tossed peanuts at a black CNN camerawoman while saying: <blockquote>this is how we feed the animals</blockquote>
Appeals Court Judge Edith E. Jones, originally appointed by Ronald Reagan and considered for the Supreme Court by both President Bushes, said that blacks and Hispanics were more violent.
Tanner Flake, son of Arizona republican Senator Jeff Flake, used the handle "N1ggerkiller" in a Facebook game site and has created a body of social media messages filled with bigotry, including:
"you faggot retard pussy piece of crap i hope you die in a hole slowly and painfully"
"you gay fag ni**er go shoot yourself because nobody likes you"
“Mexicans are the scum of the earth.”
“Then some ni**er started rapping and I looked at her album art and saw that it was Flo Rida.”
“IT’S THE NI**ER FAMILY!!!!” “Stupid little ni**er”
“go die in a hole you stupid ni**er”
“The black guy always fails first…”
“Yes, because one white dude goes nuts. No. Black people do crap like this all of the time.”
“When he called himself a cheap jew i loled hard”
In an interview regarding young, undocumented immigrants (commonly referred to as "Dreamers", Iowa republican Congressman steve king stated that
"for every one who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantelopes because they're hauling 75 pounds or marijuana across the desert."
While criticizing Washington DC pest control policies, Virginia republican Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli remarked:
"They have to relocate the rats. And, not only that, that’s actually not the worst part, they cannot break up the families of the rats!....So, anyway, it is worse than our immigration policy. You can't break up rat families. Or raccoons, and all the rest, and you can't even kill 'em. It's unbelievable."
After former Miss America Ericka Harold announces her intention to challenge congressman Rodney Allen in the republican primary, fellow republican and Montgomery County GOP chairman Jim Allen releases a tirade that includes
"Rodney Davis will win and the love child of the D.N.C. will be back in Shitcago by May of 2014 working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires....miss queen is being used like a street walker and her pimps are the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANS…"
After Newark Mayor Cory Booker won the democratic primary for the United States Senate, his general election opponent republican Steve Lonegan released a series of tweets that included a depiction of Booker's "debate notes" that labelled a picture of New Jersey with African, Middle Eastern and South American countries.
Alaska republican congressman Don Young said "My father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks...to pick tomatoes..."
Texas republican senator Ted Cruz stated that congress needed 100 more of rabid segregationist Jesse Helms Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher assured his followers on his website that
wanting a 'white Republican president doesn’t make you a racist, it just makes you American.'"
According to Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, a republican leader in the House of Representatives told President Obama that he couldn't even stand to look at him. Republican Nevada assemblyman Jim Wheeler says he would vote for slavery if that is what his constituents wanted Republican county treasurer, assessor and school superintendent sends an e-mail stating that there were
more lesbians, queers, Indians, Mexicans and niggers than the rest of us!”
In a speech to the Coppell Republican Club, Dallas County Judge ron natinsky stated,
You might question, ‘why would you talk a Republican out of running against Eddie-Bernice Johnson?’. Well, because we don’t want to motivate her voters. We don’t need another 5 or 10,000 of her people going to the polls. What we want them to think is, ‘There’s no reason. She doesn’t have an opponent. I don’t need to go to the polls. I’ll go spend my food stamp money at the grocery store or whatever, you know, on Election Day.”
Nevada republican assemblyman ira hansen, who keeps a confederate flag on the wall of his office said
"[t]he relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what’s best for his simple minded darkies."
Regarding North Carolina's aggressive restrictions on voting rights, gop official donald yelton remarked that:
If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks who want the government to give them everything, so be it.
These above list of incidents occurred just over the last six years. Nothing is noted regarding the near half-century of cynical race-baiting that anyone with a marginally functioning brain knows has been going on. If the media is duping black people into thinking that republicans are racist, republicans sure seem to doing everything they can to prove the media right.