Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Republican racism on display in Texas

By Michael J.W. Stickings

From The Dallas Morning News (via John Aravosis), we learn that this pin was being sold at the Republican state convention in Texas: "If Obama is president... will we still call it The White House?"

As was this one: "Press 1 for English. Press 2 for Deportation."

And this one: "I will hold my nose when I vote for McCain."

Alright, that third one is funny. The other two are pretty despicable -- "remarkable but not surprising," as Matt Stoller puts it. (See also Brad Friedman, who has more on the vendor of these pins.)

John asks: "At what point do we hold John McCain responsible for fraternizing with racists?"

Well, he's a Republican, this was the Texas Republican convention, and, in general, Republicans seem to put up with this sort of thing all the time.

So how about now?

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  • Hey there: Please sign this petition and let the Texas GOP know what we think about their racist pin: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/322079918?z00m=15489513

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:24 PM  

  • Don't forget sexist.

    The people who created the Obama pin are also selling this bumper sticker on their website.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:57 PM  

  • 1) John McCain used the anti-Asian slur 'Gook' publicly for 27 years until he was forced to stop for fear of sabotaging his own presidential ambitions. When asked about his use of the racist term by a news reporter, his response was that 'I hate the gooks.'

    2) John McCain voted against declaring Martin Luther King Day a national holiday, and then voted to rescind it.

    3) John McCain worked to remove the Navajo Di'neh from their lands in Arizona's Black Mesa (and onto an EPA designated toxic site) for the benefit of powerful mining interests.

    4) John McCain endorsed George Wallace, Jr., a favorite speaker among white supremacists.

    5) John McCain was a disciple of Arizona senator Barry Goldwater, a man noted as one of only four nonSouthern Republicans to vote against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    6) John McCain is now for banning affirmative steps to ensure equal opportunity for women and racial minority group after a decade of opposing such measures as unnecessary and divisive. (Of course, McCain is FOR affirmative action to ensure that the U.S. military meets its recruitment goals.)

    7) John McCain sought the endorsements of Christian ministers John Hagee and Rod Parsley: Hagee hates Catholics and believes that the Holocaust was ordained by God; Parsley preaches that America's special mission is to destroy Muslims.

    8) John McCain fought to keep the Confederate battle flag flying over South Carolina.

    9) John McCain kicked off his "Service to America Tour" near Philadephia, Mississippi, the epicenter of the states rights movement and opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Civil rights workers Schwerner, Goodman, and Chaney were murdered there in '64. And Ronald Reagan kicked off his 1980 presidential campaign from there with a screed to states rights.

    10) John McCain employs Richard Quinn, a man who believes that Nelson Mandela is a “terrorist”; Martin Luther King, Jr. lead African Americans into "a terrible bondage of body and soul”; and that David Duke is a maverick.”

    11) John McCain's Latin American policies favor rightwing oppressive regimes.

    12) John McCain used the racially charged phrase "tar baby" when responding to a question about divorced fathers posed by a African American.

    13) John McCain threw Latino immigrants under the bus in his lunge to win the nativist GOP vote.

    14) John McCain was introduced in Batavia this way: "You can have your Tiger Woods. We've got Senator McCain."

    15) John McCain promised to start wars in North Korea, Libya, and Iraq during his first presidential campaign.

    16) John McCain promised 100 years war in Iraq; entertained Republicans at a townhall meeting with “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran”; and he gave his supporters ‘straight talk’ when he declared, “I'm sorry to tell you, there's going to be other wars.”

    17) John McCain sent his own money to the contra guerillas, and even visited their illegal war camp.

    18) John McCain keeps race-baiting swiftboaters and lobbyists for dictators on his campaign payroll.

    19) John McCain’s Vietnam War buddy, political supporter, virulent Islamophobe, Bud Day, was quoted saying “that the Muslims have said either we kneel, or they’re going to kill us.”

    20) John McCain lobbied for an Iraq invasion just days after 9/11, and when it came time to convince the American people, he insisted that the Iraq War would be easily won.

    By Blogger Adam Kratt, at 6:36 PM  

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