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The GOP’s Racial Politics

From the subtle to the sickening, this Republican primary season has seen a normalizing of racist and racially-coded language. The three primary beliefs of the GOP’s are white, Christian, and heterosexual.

When it comes to the Republican Presidential Candidates, often times in an attempt to “prove” that they are not a racist, the words they spew forth often ironically shows they are. Example from a few years back when Mitt Romney, in a failed attempt to be “cool,” uttered the words, “Who let the dogs out,” during a photo op with a group of African-American’s in Florida.

Sometimes the racism appears with a simple slip of the Freudian tongue. Perfect example is when Santorum, while in Iowa, uttered the statement, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families.” It took Santorum three days to come up with a completely trumped up excuse that he stumbled on his words and did not say “black,” but rather said, “blah.” To make matters worse, he was wrong. In Iowa, 84% of welfare recipients are white.

This video created by ThinkProgress’ Jeff Spross has compiled a recent history of the GOP’s dehumanizing and divisive language that threatens to plague the primary process for weeks to come.


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