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Rick Santorum Wears His Racial Prejudice On His Sleeve

Just before the Thanksgiving holidays I was given a series of audio CDs on the power of positive thinking.  Audio CDs aren’t really my thing.  The only time I’d listen to something like that is in the car and I’m usually using that time to catch up on news or listening to NPR.  But after putting the CDs off for a few days and then a few weeks in order to deal with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I discovered a two hour documentary based on the information on the CDs.  And one evening, instead of listening to all the analysis of what’s about to happen in the Iowa caucus from the conservative perspective, I finally got a chance to listen, and watch, the message I was given.

In a nutshell, what I got out of the documentary was the theory that we are going to receive what we think.  If we focus our thoughts on negativity we can anticipate our environment to respond with negativity.  But if we focus on positive things, we should expect our personal universe to respond with positivity.  It might sound like it shouldn’t take two hours to put that message out there.  But the documentary was actually pretty entertaining and I got the message.

That was just before the New Year.  After watching the documentary I started to think about my blog and how I have a very cynical outlook on this country’s race relations, our social makeup, disparity, and so many other things that are so unfairly distributed.  Maybe all the suggestions from people who respond with comments to my blog saying that I should focus on the good things that are happening all around me and leave the negativity alone, I would actually see that things aren’t as bad as I think they are.  I actually thought about making a late New Year’s resolution to change the focus to all the positive things that are happening in my life and in the lives of the people around me and leave all that cynicism behind.

Not too long after watching that documentary, I saw a video clip of conservative presidential contender Rick Santorum talking into a group of supporters when he made a comment about black people and the state of welfare.  During a campaign stop in Iowa, Mr. Santorum said that he would work to eliminate welfare for the country because he doesn’t want to give black people other people’s money just so black people can live better.  Mr. Santorum elaborated saying that he wanted to give black people the opportunity to go out and earn their money and provide for themselves and their families.  And just like that, so much for my plan to focus on posi-fucking-tivity.

Mr. Santorum wants to improve his political appeal to Iowan conservatives by telling them that they don’t have to support the black community if he becomes President.  Mr. Santorum wants to operate under the implied illusion that only black people are on welfare, forgetting the fact that the majority of people on welfare are white people.  Like many high profile political conservatives, they point a damning finger at black people and other minorities for the piss poor condition of our national economy.  In a state with a white population that exceeds 96% and only 2% of the population is black, it’s easy for some of the people in the majority to relate to America’s national perception that black people don’t pull their own weight and we are a national burden.

Personally, I think it’s commendable to give everyone more opportunity.  But to promote such a lofty goal with the taint of racial prejudice is a problem.  Would all those Iowans be willing to listen to Mr. Santorum if he were to go to the black community and tell a bunch of black people that they shouldn’t be paying for white people to stay on welfare?  I’m pretty sure if Mr. Santorum was to do such a thing his poll numbers would fall like the proverbial rock that symbolized the cratered campaigns of so many of his conservative competitors for the White House.

This is a constant problem with each and every one of the conservative presidential contenders.  Whether it’s Rick Perry going to Camp Niggerhead, Ron Paul’s newsletter saying that black people will stop rioting when it’s time for them to pickup a welfare check, Herman Cain saying that black people are brainwashed, Newt Gingrich saying that there is a total lack of work ethic that is not associated with criminal activity in poor neighborhoods, or Michele Bachmann saying that our forefathers fought tirelessly to end slavery even though they are well documented as participants in the slave trade, conservatives refuse to take black people and conditions in the black community seriously.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black Men, Black People, Life, Racism, Thoughts

2 Comments »

  1. Not only did he say he didn’t want to just GIVE black folks money, he said he wanted to get manufacturing jobs back here in the good ol US of A. #1-Is that all he thinks a brother can do, put his widgets together for him? #2-Just what kind of favors are he going to have to do for corporate America to bring back those jobs? Corporations can’t be cajoled back with patriotism. They want cold hard cash for their investors. So even more tax breaks for the top 1%?

    Comment by Carlton | Wednesday, January 4, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Carlton,

      I didn’t even think about that. By regulating blacks to nothing but manufacturing jobs we don’t have to go out of our way to make sure black people have the same opportunities for higher education. And corporate America won’t give a rat’s ass about helping to assure black people get a fair shot at employment. Too many people think that if one black person gets in, the quota is filled for the whole community. Tax breaks won’t ease the disparity the black community continues to face.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, January 4, 2012 | Reply


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