Monday, June 28, 2010

Race to nowhere

  Iowa congressman Steve King is at it again. On a national radio interview, King got to talking about the black Harvard professor who was arrested at his house by a white policeman that was responding to a neighbor calling about a possible break-in. President Obama weighed in on behalf of the professor, realized he was on the wrong side of public opinion, and defused the situation by having a beer with both parties at the White House. King said the situation showed that “The president has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race on the side that favors the black person in the case of professor Gates and officer Crowley."

  After these remarks, King was disinvited from various rallies and fund-raisers for Tea Party and Republican candidates. This surprised me because it’s not the first time that King has made controversial comments. As a
lone wolf spokesman on racial issues and being profoundly against amnesty for illegal aliens, his quotes make it into the media more than most.

  It’s not the first time a President’s been accused of being racist. President W. Bush was accused of being racist in his slow response to Hurricane Katrina and President Obama was also subject to racist accusations by those comparing his quick calls for aid to Haiti to his response to the Gulf Coast oil spill.

  I don’t agree with the congressmen’s comments but don’t know what was especially wrong with them either. It seems that anyone that comments about race is accused of being racist. I was talking to a black man and he told me he was a republican, so I asked him who got his vote in the last presidential election. He told me he voted for Obama because it was historic. I mentioned that he must not be much of a republican and we had fun talking about race and politics because we could be just talk without a bunch of name calling. You can see racism everywhere if you want to find it. I talked to a guy from Mexico once and he told me that in Marshalltown, the reason we have to park our cars on the opposite side of the street every day is because the white people in town think the Mexicans are so lazy they won’t move their cars and so the town will make a lot of money on parking tickets. I didn’t have the heart to tell this guy that this law (as well as the law preventing you from parking a car in your front yard) was more than 15 years old and most likely to prevent *****(color removed lest I offend) trash from parking junked cars that won’t start on the street forever.

  Since I'm discussing race, I've compiled a few quiz questions for you. Go ahead and name the person each quote is attributed to. The answers are in the link below the question. I dare you to list your answers in the comments, but you don't have to mention your race, gender, or age.

Question #1
In 2008, who said, "The people are ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama – a 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.’ ”?
a) Former Vice-President Dick Cheney
b) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
c) Senator John McCain
d) Former Vice-President Al Gore
Answer to Question #1

Question #2
Which political figure referred to himself as an ‘Honest Injun’ in 2010?
a) Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
b) Former President Bill Clinton
c) Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele
d) Vice President Joe Biden
Answer to Question #2

Question #3
Which political figure has called for the impeachment of President Obama and has been photographed with a poster of the President with a Hitler moustache?
a) Iowa Republican Congressman Steven King
b) California Democratic Governor hopeful Jerry Brown
c) Wyoming Republican State Senator Stan Cooper
d) Texas Democratic Congressional Candidate Kesha Rogers
Answer to Question #3 and
in case you didn't think that was a real source.

I got 3 out of 3. How did you do?