Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Is the Republican party racist?

Leonard Pitts suggests in his article Grand ol' bigots? that the GOP is the "repugnant party" on issues of race. Pitts' article points to numerous examples from just the past year where the GOP has dropped the ball to say the least as it relates to how they view "others" and especially black people.

Is it any wonder black people have such a hard time voting for a Republican?

Do you think that the GOP is bigoted in it's essence?

What do you think of Pitts' suggestions about the GOP?

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Jesse Curtis said...

I felt that the article was somewhat of a tired and oversimplified rehashing of liberal talking points. That being said...it's basically all true. The modern Republican party was established in racism, and the fact that its major spokespeople continue to deny that rather than confess it speaks volumes.
I wouldn't ask or expect any black person to vote for a Republican. It's astonishing that many Republicans don't "get" that. Is that itself a sign of ongoing racism? If nothing else I suppose it shows a high degree of ignorance and low degree of empathy.

KG said...

Why do Republicans not see the way that they "keep out" people who are not like them? What keeps them high in ignorance and low in empathy?

Jesse Curtis said...

I think in some cases it is caused by segregation - residential, social, etc. I grew up in an all white area of Maryland. That didn't make me an uncaring person, but it did make me, in a sense, "ignorant" when it came to other viewpoints.
I believe another more indefensible cause is misplaced priorities. Some people are so commited to conservative political principles and certain beliefs about America that they are unable to think about other groups of people Christianly. In fact, they will resort to believing a group of people is lazy or culturally deficient before they will modify their political principles. Their beliefs (anyone who works hard will succeed, welfare is bad, everyone should be as infatuated with America as I am, etc) COMPEL them to hold negative attitudes toward poor black Americans. Sad.

KG said...

I think this is a big part of it. They view everyone else through their own situation and wonder what the problem is.

You learn so much when you take a minute to walk in someone else's shoes and learn from what they experience.

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