Support candidates who actually denounce racism; Elizabeth Lennox (EL); Beaver County Times; September 7, 2018.
Below is a review of the subject letter.
“Last week, the secretary for the Republican Committee of Beaver County was called out both locally and nationally for racist remarks she posted on Facebook. The outrage was swift and well deserved and ultimately lead to her resignation.
“The chairman of the Republican Committee knew of her comments, but she was elevated to leadership on the committee months after the postings. He and others claim that the Republican party doesn’t have a racism problem, that this is an isolated incident.
“Don’t believe it.
“Carla Maloney was condemned by her fellow committee people, yet these same people continue to throw their rabid support behind a president whose racism is blazed across decades. This committee cheers a president who stokes the flames of hate against people of color, painting them as dangerous criminals who are destroying our country. This president calls black lawmakers ‘low IQ’; he criticizes black athletes for protesting police brutality; he denigrates predominately black countries; he essentially ignored an entire U.S. territory, Puerto Rico, in distress because the majority of the people there are not white.”
[RWC] DT didn’t claim “black lawmakers” are “low IQ.” DT has used this phrase to describe individuals regardless of sex and skin color. DT used this phrase to describe an individual black legislator, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), not “black lawmakers” as a group. MW caught DT’s attention for apparently calling for violence against Cabinet members. MW said, “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” I support neither DT’s name-calling nor EL’s “gilding the lily.”
As for EL’s claim DT “criticizes black athletes for protesting police brutality,” does she mean DT doesn’t criticize white athletes for joining in?
I don’t know EL’s data source for her Puerto Rico comment, but her assertion “the majority of the people there are not white” is false. According to the 2010 Census, 75.6% of Puerto Ricans reported themselves as “White.” According to the 2017 Census estimate, 69.4% of Puerto Ricans reported themselves as “White alone.”
“Feel your outrage, share the news article. But put your outrage into action by supporting candidates in Beaver County who actually denounce racism not just with words, but also with action. Donate to their campaigns, knock on doors, make phone calls. And most important of all, vote this Nov. 6.”
[RWC] What “action” is required to show a candidate is down for the struggle?
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