Daily Archives: 2 December 2012

How To ‘Not Get It’ About Race, Part LXVII

minstrel show diversity = GOP

adapted from a print at the Library of Congress

Having spoken in unmistakable code about takers and makers and lazy sponges and gifts to minorities, etcetera, the brain trust of the GOP seems to have hit on a novel new idea:

J.C. Watts for RNC chair?
John Bresnahan / Politico

Former GOP Rep. J.C. Watts says he is being “encouraged” by supporters to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee, a move he says could broaden the party’s appeal to minorities.  —  Watts is not formally entering the race, and he is not critical of current RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who has already announced he will second term in the post. [sic]

But Watts, an African-American conservative who served in the House from 1994-2002, said the GOP defeat on Election Day demonstrates that Republicans need to broaden their appeal to minority voters, and cannot continue on their current path if the party is to be successful in presidential races.

“My concern right now, and I don’t say this necessarily as a candidate [for RNC chairman], my concern is that as a Republican, every single Republican in America ought to be concerned about what has happened in 2008 and 2012,” Watts said in an interview with POLITICO. “In this business, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.” [...]

Ahh. The Minstrel Show Mentality so in evidence at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia has not abated a bit. Continue reading

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