Rep., Joe Walsh’s Racist Remarks Exemplify GOP Bigotry and Blame Shifting.
COMMENTARY | Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., has again inserted foot into mouth by making some ignorant comments in regard to Hispanics, blacks and welfare. Last week at a Town Hall meeting, Walsh told constituents the Democratic Party wants Hispanics and blacks to be dependent on government and also said civil rights leader Jesse Jackson wants the same thing.
“Jesse Jackson would be out of work if (blacks) weren’t dependent on government,” Walsh said.
On Friday, Walsh had the opportunity to apologize on the “Big John & Amy” radio show but instead, as reported by the Chicagoist, he stepped in even deeper saying, “All Jesse Jackson is trying to do is to keep African-Americans down on some plantation.”
Walsh’s bigotry is not only disheartening, it’s wrong. He’s following a number of Republicans who seem to believe nonwhites make up the majority of Americans who are on welfare. Newt Gingrich andRick Santorum have made similar comments, and in January, the Chicago Tribune reported statistics that fly in the face of the stereotypical image of the “black ‘welfare mother’ having out-of-wedlock babies so she can stay home and live large off the taxpayers.”
The majority of food stamp recipients are white, but these bigoted men seem to be incapable of comprehending the reality in America today. Many Republicans seem to want to blame the state of the economy on government public assistance programs, but perhaps they’re just trying to shift the blame from the real culprit: corporate welfare.
Conservatives seem to have a problem helping individuals and families in true need, but they don’t have a problem with big tax breaks to rich corporations. MORE<<<
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