GOP Women to Liberals: I Play the Race Card Better Than You
It’s no secret white Republicans only care about black folks when it’s time to vote. Every election season you know there is going to be a random white man sitting in the back of your church looking out of place. Then the preacher steps to the pulpit with a: “We have a very special guest today. Representative/Congressman/Senator So-and-so is here and he wants to tell us about x, y, z,” i.e. himself — and then after the election season is over you never see the man again.
I’ve grown accustomed to this sad tradition, but this year it seems the Grand Old Party is kicking that reach-out-to-the-black-people thing into over drive. And oddly they are playing the race card to do it. Right wingnut Ann Coulter, for instance, has been bending over backwards to defend black conservative Herman Cain during his sexual harassment crisis. Proudly, she has remarked — in public — that her blacks, meaning Republicans, are more impressive than their blacks, meaning Democrats, spurring her crusade against what she calls the “high-tech lynching” of Cain regarding the sexual harassment allegations against him. The Daily News has the details on her bizarre reasoning:
“Our blacks are so much better than their blacks,” Coulter told Fox News. “To become a black Republican, you don’t just roll into it. You’re not going with the flow. You have fought against probably your family members, probably your neighbors, you have thought everything out and that’s why we have very impressive blacks in our party.”
HLN’s Joy Behar questioned Coulter’s remarks on Tuesday evening, asking if she believed “all the African Americans who are Democrats are stupid?”
“No,” a testy Coulter answered. “I’m saying Google Maxine Waters, Cynthia McKinney, John Conyers, and then Google Allen West, Michael Steele or Herman Cain. … Ours are more impressive. There’s no question about it.”
If you ever thought black people overplay the race card, these statements are evidence that the GOP is about to put us all to shame. Even Rush Limbaugh of all people has taken a stance against the “racism” he says is being hurled at Cain, having the nerve to ask the public, “What’s next, folks? A cartoon on MSNBC showing Herman Cain with huge lips eating a watermelon? What are they gonna do next?” He’s is really one to talk. (If you need a reminder of all of Rush Limbaugh’s many racist statements, check out NewsOne’s list of gems.)
And let us not forget the race-baiting fairy godmother of all who started this whole trend, Michele Bachmann. I don’t know how she sleeps at night tossing and turning over how President Obama has failed us as black people, who were so much better off during slavery.
I have to wonder if Bachmann and Coulter could get away with these antics if they were men. Even Limbaugh could not go that far.
I just want the GOP to get real. Has anyone seen Michael Steele since Obama won the election three years ago? I know they’ve got Herman now, but does he, or anyone else, really think his party will care about him after he fails to win the nomination?
I have enjoyed watching a group of people who’ve used words like “tar baby” and “boy” to refer to the leader of our nation suddenly become so outraged over a few questionable allegations being investigated about one of their own, who is black by political design. I’ll actually be kind of sad after November 2012, when we will likely see pigs fly before you see another GOP member try to advocate for the black community. It just shows their hypocrisy in using race — and using Herman Cane’s race — to make the party seem more interested in the black community. We will seldom have such obvious evidence that they are more interested in political maneuvering.
What do you think about all this racial pomp and circumstance from the GOP? Are you angered by their playing the race card or do you even pay it any mind?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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