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PostPosted: Fri 28 Aug , 2009 12:48 am 
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Well the push among the racist wing of the Republican Party is no longer subtle, sublime, understated or coded. It is open and clear. The GOP is looking for a Great White Hope to defeat a African American President.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090827/ap_ ... white_hope

This is completely disgusting. In a weird way it is also welcome since it puts the obvious racism of the Republican party out in the open once and for all.

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Aug , 2009 1:10 am 
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Tempest in a teapot.

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Aug , 2009 2:14 am 
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Well, I sure hope that she misspoke or was trying to use an ill-thought-through metaphor. I'd like to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she used the word "white" to mean, like, "shining" or something, rather than "Caucasian". But with some people you never know.


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PostPosted: Fri 28 Aug , 2009 2:20 am 
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Watch it elfshadow, if you choose any interpretation besides the one preferred by sf you are "playing word games."

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Aug , 2009 3:54 am 
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Cenedril_Gildinaur wrote:
Watch it elfshadow, if you choose any interpretation besides the one preferred by sf you are "playing word games."


Who pushed your button?

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Aug , 2009 4:07 am 
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vison wrote:
Tempest in a teapot.

I'm thinking the same. Maybe it was a stupid way to phrase it, but Jenkins has a point - the GOP is in utter shambles right now and can't seem to gain any traction. The reason people are paying so much attention to the freaks in the GOP is because the freaks are about all that's left of the GOP. I'm sure they'll recover - if the Dems could anyone can - but it's going to be a rough ride for them. I'm not about to prance around and celebrate because these things are cyclical, but can't say I'm terribly troubled that they're in a trough right now.

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Aug , 2009 4:26 am 
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CG's button is always "on".

I've been searching for the great white dope. His name is Jimmy Pop Ali. He is the lead singer of the Bloodhound Gang.

"What! The N***** have their own television station!?" It's from a comedian.

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Aug , 2009 6:39 am 
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The GOP is about as useful these days as a chocolate teapot.

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Aug , 2009 11:34 am 
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Here is the video of Congresswoman Jenkins making the comments about the Republicans looking for a Great White Hope. She also later issues an apology to anyone who completely misunderstood her comments or took them in a negative way when they were only meant in the most positive of ways. Which is the usual right wing tactic for apologies in these sort of situations...... 'we are sorry if you made the gross mistake of misinterpreting and jumping to the wrong conclusions about something harmless that we said so its all your fault and not ours'.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/#32589732

Wikipedia points out that

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"The Great White Hope," a phrase that originated in the early 1900s, is a reference to any boxer whom whites hoped would finally defeat then-World Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson, who was black.


So lets see now..... a century ago, a black man took over a prestigious title that white Americans had considered their own property and white racists created the term Great White Hope for any white boxer who could defeat the black boxer and return the prestigious title back in the hands of those who had previously held it as their right. Now, a black man takes over the prestigious title of President of the United States- a title that white Americans had considered their own property and white racists are now using the term Great White Hope in the search for a politician who can defeat the black president and return the prestigious title back in the hands of those who had previously held it as their right.

Yup, there are obviously far more charitable meanings to be applied to this usage other than the obvious one of race. ;) When you put this together with all the other stuff coming out of the right wing, it is indeed something to be concerned about and indicates how the national temperature is being raised creating a very hostile environment for the President.

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Aug , 2009 1:34 pm 
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This speaks to the cyclical nature of history, but couched in today's "politically correct" society. To clarify that statement better, today we live in a more diverse, and accepting culture, but various racial rifts continue beneath the surface. In 1909, white would have no problem saying outright racist things because it was accepted, while today whites have freudian slips because today we do not accept racist statements (as we shouldn't).

It's fun to watch the republican party grope through today's political climate like a blind man in a hallway where doorknobs are attached to everything even the wall.

My favorite part of her apology was when she said "they are bright lights within the party". Yes, bright, white lights.

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Oct , 2012 12:33 pm 
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I don't know a whole bunch about US politics, but from an outsider's POV, it appears that the Republicans have found their great white hopes in Romney and Ryan.

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