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Dear GOP: Stop Cowering
Before Bad-Faith Race Card Attacks

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Posted By: Garnet, 5/21/2020 10:29:14 AM

“Dear Mitch McConnell,” wrote Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr., last week. “Why don’t you just go ahead and call Barack Obama the n-word? You know you want to.” What led to this over-the-top racial attack from Pitts? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had the audacity to disagree with an approach taken by former President Barack Obama, who leaked audio of himself critiquing the Trump administration after new revelations about his involvement spying on the incoming Trump administration. McConnell thought it an unwise deviation from norms.The political media used to agree about the importance of this norm.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Highlander 5/21/2020 10:46:09 AM (No. 417703)
To my lifelong disappointment, the Republican leadership always talked big during campaigns and walked small when in office. Even with Trump’s victories and higher-than-usual poll numbers, tremblers like McConnell continue to quake at every bogus racism cat-call.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird 5/21/2020 10:49:38 AM (No. 417708)
I needed to look something up and found it in a 1950s vintage Jet Magazine. As I perused the pages that came up, it was fascinating to see that this for-blacks publication used negro and negroes to describe its people. No mincing words, no dishonest “African-American” (many are not from Africa) and all that. Just “negroes”...
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Starboard_side 5/21/2020 10:52:51 AM (No. 417712)
Just because you disagree with someone's left-wing, liberal, progressive agenda, does not mean you are a racist, or hate that person. It should be that simple and basic. And, just because you desire a left-wing, liberal, progressive agenda, does not mean you are better, or more enlightened than "those people" either. I've seen some extremely rude, vile, hateful, and excessive comments from people I personally know, on the left, and it's likely because they feel they are better, smarter, than those who don't believe in their agenda.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: IdahoJoe 5/21/2020 11:06:45 AM (No. 417728)
How dare Pitts belittle and minimize true racism by equating every action against Obama racism? That is like calling everyone in the world 'Hitler'. It takes all meaning from the actions of Hitler. Obama is quite capable of doing bad things, and calling him on what he does bad is not racism. I don't know or care what your race is Mr Pitts, so you cannot call me racist, but you do a great disservice to everyone that has ever been racially wronged, and you ought to be ashamed of yourself for having done so. The marchers at Selma and the riders told to get to the back of the bus would slap you silly for your minimizing their cause by you justifying every action of a corrupt politician that just happens to be black. Have you no respect or shame?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: ByteGuru 5/21/2020 11:07:40 AM (No. 417730)
One can safely ignore Pitts. This double-digit IQ liberal hack has proven many, many times that he is several eggs short of a dozen. It does not take too many forays into his articles to realize that it is a wonder that he still has a job.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Mofongo 5/21/2020 11:14:24 AM (No. 417736)
The headline could have stopped with “Cowering.”
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Reply 7 - Posted by: spacer 5/21/2020 11:46:04 AM (No. 417770)
After all these years and after all the waffling, it is my belief the cowering is in the republican dna.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MickTurn 5/21/2020 12:26:26 PM (No. 417826)
OK, OK, if you insist, Obama is a NAZI! How's that for an N'-Word?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: WI Cynic 5/21/2020 2:16:23 PM (No. 417918)
I'll go with "Obama is a nobody."
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Reply 10 - Posted by: doctorfixit 5/21/2020 2:17:42 PM (No. 417924)
How about instead just get rid of coward RINOs. If you're a gutless enabler of totalitarian socialism, you're gone. That means you Romney Jeb, Chamber of Commerce.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 5/21/2020 4:55:14 PM (No. 418076)
Dems are far too quick with racist labels and assigning racist motives. It rarely is true. Dems are using it as a tool to polarize the country and that is about as shameful as it gets. Just because you are Black and things don't go your way doesn't mean it was due to racism. Further, the keys to success, education, hard work, good work ethics, reliability, etc. are well know. They have nothing to do with race. They are universal. If you choose to ignore them, your likely failures have nothing to do with race. Dems lie about the intentions and results of such cultural norms and raise Black frustration over perceived mistreatment when it is not happening. Republicans need to listen to Blacks, and where reasonable, take action to help them.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: bighambone 5/21/2020 8:02:25 PM (No. 418212)
The Democrats learned long ago that anytime they refer to the wimpy Republicans as racists and xenophobes, that those Republicans are bound to run and hide under their mattresses until the smoke clears. If those Republicans were to somehow find the gonads, also known in some parts as huevos to stand up for themselves and their political agenda. If the Republicans did that they would be seen in a much better light by minority communities and especially prospective minority group voters.
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