Joe Walsh's Racist Remarks Exemplify GOP Bigotry and Blame Shifting
- From: Lookout <mrlookout1@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2012 22:33:43 -0500
You idiots just don't get it, do you?
COMMENTARY | Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., has again inserted foot into
mouth by making some ignorant comments in regard to Hispanics, blacks
and welfare. Last week at a Town Hall meeting, Walsh told constituents
the Democratic Party wants Hispanics and blacks to be dependent on
government and also said civil rights leader Jesse Jackson wants the
"Jesse Jackson would be out of work if (blacks) weren't dependent on
government," Walsh said.
On Friday, Walsh had the opportunity to apologize on the "Big John &
Amy" radio show but instead, as reported by the Chicagoist, he stepped
in even deeper saying, "All Jesse Jackson is trying to do is to keep
African-Americans down on some plantation."
Walsh's bigotry is not only disheartening, it's wrong. He's following
a number of Republicans who seem to believe nonwhites make up the
majority of Americans who are on welfare. Newt Gingrich and Rick
Santorum have made similar comments, and in January, the Chicago
Tribune reported statistics that fly in the face of the stereotypical
image of the "black 'welfare mother' having out-of-wedlock babies so
she can stay home and live large off the taxpayers."
The majority of food stamp recipients are white, but these bigoted men
seem to be incapable of comprehending the reality in America today.
Many Republicans seem to want to blame the state of the economy on
government public assistance programs, but perhaps they're just trying
to shift the blame from the real culprit: corporate welfare.
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