Marshon Sanders, a high school student in Highland Park, Illinois, was removed from class and ordered to change out of his Halloween costume after some in the school complained it was offensive.
Sanders, an African-American, was dressed as Jesus.
Jason Richwine, who parted ways with the Heritage Foundation over his research arguing Hispanics are intellectually inferior to whites, has quietly begun writing semi-regularly for the flagship conservative publication National Review.
You don’t exactly need the Enigma Machine to decode the editorial policy at the National Review.
“When a n—– can use the word n—– and it not be considered racist, that’s the utmost racism in the world, and it’s hypocrisy.”
Recently fired GOP voter suppression enthusiast Don Yelton, doubling down on his nonracist world view.
Karoli, over at Crooks and Liars has a great post up on our honorary Scissorhead Alan Grayson. It seems he is getting some flack for pointing out the obvious racism that is inherently present in the Teabaggers:
“There’s no excuse for the hateful words and imagery used by Congressman Grayson,” [Matt Gorman, rapid response director for the National Republican Congressional Committee] said in a statement. “House Democrats should swiftly and strongly condemn him and return the money he has raised for them. This hate-filled rhetoric has Americans fed up with Washington.”
Grayson defended the email in a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying the tea party has long used racist and insensitive terms and imagery to refer to African Americans, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and gays.
“[T]here is overwhelming evidence that the Tea Party is the home of bigotry and discrimination in America today, just as the KKK was for an earlier generation,” Grayson said. “If the shoe fits, wear it.”
Karoli points out much of the imagery of Wingnuttia carrying Confederate flags to rallies, and so on. It’s a great, short piece, and it debunks a lot of noise around the admittedly bombastic Grayson.
As we’ve said many times before, not every Republican is a racist. But if you are a racist, you probably are a Republican.
(Crooks and Liars Full Disclosure: I sometimes blog over there.)
From The New Civil Rights Movement: “Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, best know as “Joe the Plumber,” for falsely suggesting during the 2008 presidential campaign to actually be a plumber, yesterday posted most of an opinion piece on his website (by another author) explaining why, America Needs a White Republican President.”
OK… I’ll bite. “Admit it,” the piece Wurzelbacher re-posted requests. “You want a white Republican president again.”
There’s so much more there. The author, Kevin Johnson, explores new depths in his shallow mind. I thought for sure it had to be a parody, but it appears to be legit.
Anyway, go read it at the New Civil Rights Movement. I refuse to link directly to Joe-the-Dumber’s racist rant at his site.
You are much more likely to find me admiring and objectifying the 4-H cows than watching the Miss America Pagent. With that out of the way, there’s this to report:
Nina Davuluri has been hit with Twitter abuse after becoming the first woman of Indian descent to be crowned Miss America.
After her victory in Atlantic City, the 24-year-old beauty queen, who was born in Syracuse, New York, and is believed to be a practising Hindu, said: “I’m so happy this organisation has embraced diversity.
Uh-oh, the Twitterverse senses a change in The Force?
One Twitter user, DallasRobinson8, wrote: “I am literally soo mad right now a ARAB won. #MissAmerica”
Jakeamick5 added: “How the **** does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots”
Emi_adkins said: “It’s called Miss America. Get outta here New York you look like a terrorist. #bye #americanforamerica”
And another user said: “Well they just picked a Muslim for Miss America. That must’ve made Obama happy. Maybe he had a vote.”
OK, so Indian=Arab, Hindu=Muslim, and anyone other than white=non-American. I’m so glad the reporters didn’t check IA’s Rep. Steve King, who might have weighed in on her cantaloupes.
Many Republicans including both living Republican presidents, John McCain, Jeb Bush and John Boehner had been asked to attend the rally celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. All declined for various reasons.
So how’s that rebranding going, Reince. Please tell us, we’re all ears.
David Marsters, a retired Massachusetts police officer and a candidate for selectman in Sabattus, Maine, posted a photo of Obama along with a link to a story about a Republican push to impeach the president at 8:17 p.m. Friday, writing “Shoot the Nigger” above it, according to the newspaper.
Not surprisingly, this resulted in a little face-time with the Secret Service, who, you know, for professional reasons don’t want the President shot on their watch:
Marsters told the Press Herald that after his Facebook post was flagged to local law enforcement by other residents, he was visited by both the Secret Service and the CIA. He said he told the Secret Service agents who questioned him that he didn’t intend to threaten the president.
Marsters told the Press Herald in a telephone interview that his post was taken out of context.
“I think it’s a lot of hogwash,” he said. “I did not threaten the president. … I might have used the wrong words. … I didn’t say I was going to do it.”
“I might have used the wrong words,” ya think so, Sparky? Also/too: what would be the correct context? Wearing a sheet, perhaps?
“What I really meant to say is, ‘When are we going to get rid of this (expletive),’” Marsters added. “I should have said, ‘I hope the bastard dies.’”
And so I guess he’s going to get another little visit from the Secret Service, who maybe should think about staying the night to see what Mr. Marsters says next.