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Pinpointing Racism at the Texas Republican Convention

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Posted on Jun 17, 2008
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Some challenges to Sen. Barack Obama’s potential presidential authority might be considered covertly racist, but here’s one that baldly revels in its ignorance: At last weekend’s Republican state convention in Texas, a vendor booth hosted by Republicanmarket pushed a pin that brought racial politics to the fore in the most blatant and unproductive possible way.

The Dallas Morning News’
“Trail Blazers” blog:

While a number of speakers—such as Railroad Commission chairman Michael Williams and Mike Huckabee—have praised the advance of Barack Obama and what it means towards a colorblind society, at least one vendor hasn’t gotten the message.

At the Republican state convention, a booth hosted by Republicanmarket was selling a pin Saturday that read: If Obama is President ... will we still call it The White House?

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By americahappens1, June 18, 2008 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment

....still a little racist….but it’s getting better.

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By JMCSwan, June 18, 2008 at 10:53 am Link to this comment


I don’t interpret the button as racist at all. I choose to interpret it as a 13 brave JC: Ring of Fire, Man in Black.

If I am correct, the pin-man is being considered an alleged ‘racist’; by coconuts (ghetto lingo). Shows you how many people prefer a pathetic demockery, to a constitutional republic. 

I guess it’s just one of those ‘how you think about it that makes all the difference’ kind of questions, based on your personal experience combined with your personal intentions.

But since I don’t know the man, and didn’t manage to speak to him at his booth, since I wasn’t at the convention, or even on the same continent; all I’ve got to go by are words on a button, and other people’s interpretations, based on their experiential intentions.

He’s probably one very interesting person to talk to. Maybe even has some really good ideas the republican party might wish to consider. Who knows until you really listen to him, in a one-on-one conversation?

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By xyzaffair, June 18, 2008 at 9:52 am Link to this comment
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Democrats were long perceived as the party of racists.  The Republicans were, from their origin, the anti-slavery party.  But it all began to change, it seems, with Barry Goldwater’s campaign in 1964.  He capitalized on white anger over Lyndon Johnson’s support for the Civil Rights Bill.  It’s been that way ever since, with Reagan’s remarks about welfare mothers who looked like they “hadn’t missed a meal,” to Dan Quayle’s stating he understood why people in Louisiana supported David Duke, the neo-Nazi who ran for the US Senate.

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By Bill Blackolive, June 18, 2008 at 9:03 am Link to this comment
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It is like whisky.  Two shots the human is ape, 3 shots the human is elephant, 3 shots the human is wolf, 4 shots the human is lizard, or a politician trying to guage the tide. How the wind blows.  One wonders how these men return to their wives.  Perhaps the wives are whores but how can we get our populous to return to one shot, there is this 911 coverup.

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By jatihoon, June 18, 2008 at 9:00 am Link to this comment

When you close your eyes, everything is black, pitch black or dark, time for racist to open their eyes and see the bright color not white color.

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By Thomthum, June 18, 2008 at 8:38 am Link to this comment

...the Repubs could literally use the N word all day/every day and the Dems would do nothing about it…and lose the election too…why?

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By Thomas Mc, June 18, 2008 at 7:53 am Link to this comment
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Not all Republicans are racists, but most racists are Republicans.

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By geoffspear, June 18, 2008 at 7:42 am Link to this comment

We can all take comfort in the fact that there are no racists in the Democratic Party, while the Republicans have at least one with a booth at a state convention.

The Republican Party is responsible for a whole lot of bad stuff, but trying to paint the whole party with the beliefs of one button-seller is like trying to claim all Democrats are Rev. Wright or Geraldine Ferraro.  Intellectual dishonesty abounds in both parties, apparently

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By Ed Harges, June 18, 2008 at 6:53 am Link to this comment

It’s very good for the Democrats. This will really energize a lot of voters who perhaps have been lulled into thinking that the problem is just Bush, and that maybe there’s nothing really wrong with the Republican party.

This reminds everyone that there is in fact something deeply wrong with the Republican party.

Their shirts are browner than Obama’s skin.

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By JP, June 18, 2008 at 6:08 am Link to this comment
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It has become ever more clear that the Republican tent is crowded with a** holes.  I see it in real life, on the blogosphere, on forums, on comment sections of news articles, and sometimes (as in this case) it’s even advertised.  I am not beholden to any party, but the obvious fact is that most people who like the ideas of invading countries, curtailing human rights, trashing the environment, racial stereotyping, and general selfishness are Republicans.

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By middlepath, June 18, 2008 at 5:41 am Link to this comment

The Republican Party has long been a bastion of racism and all other types of isms as well. The fact that this happened in Texas comes as no surprise to me.

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By skulz fontaine, June 18, 2008 at 5:17 am Link to this comment

Wow, Republicans are racist? Go figure. One could have had them pegged as warmongering lunatics. Corrupt petty tyrants. Torturously ignorant misanthropes. Wildly genocidal. Massively atrocious. Maliciously treasonous. But, racist?
Would it be fair to conjecture that the White House is now, an ‘insane asylum’? You know, cause the White House is loaded with them “crazy liar war criminal” types.

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By reason, June 18, 2008 at 4:05 am Link to this comment

This is the kind of attitude that will sink the republican party. I realize that politics can get very heated and words can be and often are miscontstrued but this is nothing more than playing to the BIGOTS. Our country needs two or more viable political parties representing the many views and interests of the people. The citizens of this country for the most part now know and understand that age, color, gender and religious affilitation are not factors in deciding who and what is a “good American” or who will do the best job as President. The best thing that can happen to those who promote this kind of bigotry is that they must live in a country that would find this acceptable but that is not realistic because prejudice and bigotry is a plague and is not constrained by national borders or socio-econimic class. Bigotry and prejudice are destructive to all us all and redirects the precious resources that could serve to make life better not just for our country but the world. If we must fight a war, this is the one we should fight, for it is an enemy that can and will destroy us if we do nothing to confront it.

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