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    June 17, 2008

    The bottom of the GOP barrel

    Posted by: Chris

    Over at Gay News Watch, I am posting all the stories relating to the post-primary presidential election under a new story topic called "White House 08." A few hours ago, while adding the ABC interview with Barack Obama that touched on gay marriage, it occurred to me that someone at some point is going to make a tasteless and racist joke about a black man possibly occupying the White House.

    Literally within the hour, I learned that a vendor at (natch) the Texas GOP Convention had already gone there:


    Another winner pin for sale? "Press 1 for English. Press 2 for Deportation."

    Via Ambinder, via Dallas Morning News



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    1. Double T on Jun 17, 2008 6:58:19 PM:

      This may be the bottom of the barrel, but I know where they got it from.

      In the 1980s' I was attending Loras College in Iowa. Located in a sleepy little, lily white town, on the bluffs above the Miss. River.

      Guest Speaker. Jesse Jackson

      Question: As President what's the first thing you'd do.

      Jackson: Paint the White House black.

      The crowd gasped.

      True Story. I was sitting there when he said.
      He may have repeated that story and now it's been recycled

    1. Charlie on Jun 18, 2008 11:17:09 AM:

      I think the second pin ("Press 1 for English...") is actually worse. Racism is an everpresent undercurrent here and it's hardly a secret, so it's pretty much expected that stupid (and not even funny) jokes will abound. Not excusing it, but I doubt anyone is surprised. More distressing to me is that other pin you mentioned because it reveals something we also all know about but talk about a lot less, a very frightening trend towards xenophobia, inclusiveness, and even anti-intellectualism. This anti-immigration movement and ferocious anger at "illegals" is mindless, extremely scary, and also the complete opposite of what this country was supposedly founded on. Once we let go of the idea that people can come here for sanctuary from other nations, to start lives fresh, well, can the constitution be far behind?

    1. Charlie on Jun 18, 2008 11:30:52 AM:

      To emend my previous post, it's not that I believe we should let just anyone wander over here if they feel like it. I realize that it's not the 1700s anymore and certain restrictions need to be in place. But the reaction to immigrants, especially illegal ones, is a disturbing phenomenon. While everyone else advances their civil rights causes, immigrants have dropped to the bottom of the totem pole.

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