Rep. Paul Ryan Defends Comments On ‘Lazy Inner City Men,’ AKA Black Men

Rep. Paul Ryan Defends Comments On 'Lazy Inner City Men,' AKA Black Men

Rep. Paul Ryan Defends Comments On ‘Lazy Inner City Men,’ AKA Black Men (Attribution Unkown)

Eddie Munster look-alike, Rep. Paul Ryan is defending racist comments he made about inner city men — ahem, black men. Ryan, the House Budget Committee chair and one-half of a failed Republican presidential ticket, is trying to brand himself as an anti-poverty crusader. He went on Bill Bennett’s radio show and talked about his ongoing desire to address poverty by slamming most of the existing anti-poverty programs in America. He claimed that poverty is caused by men in “our inner cities” who are “not even thinking about working.” Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) read Ryan the riot act:

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, fired back at House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) for claiming that poverty is caused by men in “our inner cities” who are “not even thinking about working.” His comments “are a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated,” Lee said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says, ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black.’”

“As someone who sits on the Budget Committee with Mr. Ryan, I know that his assertions about the racial dynamics of poverty are not only statistically inaccurate, but deeply offensive,” she said. “Instead of demonizing ‘culture,’ and blaming black men for their poverty, Mr. Ryan should step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tackle poverty and racial discrimination in America. His uninformed policy proposals continue to increase poverty, not solve it. My colleague is demonstrating a complete lack of knowledge and understanding of the issues in urban and black communities.” Source: Think Progress

Rep. Paul Ryan claims the comments had nothing whatsoever to do with race? Really? Can’t recall seeing many white men in the inner cities of America. Just black and Hispanic men. The fact is Rep. Ryan wants us to believe that the blame for America’s persistently high poverty is due to the moral and cultural failings of poor people.  But not just any poor people, I might add. The ones that live in the inner cities of America are the cause of America’s poverty.

So, let me get this straight — the people who are most often the victims of economic inequality are responsible for the racial and economic inequality in America? The fact is a Princeton University study found that it is much easier for a white felon to get a job than a black felon. I would love to hear Paul Ryan’s explanation as to how the “real culture problem” we are currently experiencing is that “generations of men” in the inner city don’t “value the culture of work.”

Rep. Ryan’s comments are a disgrace, but we have come to expect this kind of inflammatory rhetoric from elements in the Republican Party, who claim they really want minority outreach. In reality, we know they don’t. He issued a statement saying that his comments were “inarticulate” and he called Rep. Lee. Right. Um, this sounds as “inarticulate” as his claims about climbing 40 fourteeners in Colorado.

Listen to audio from Crew of 42:

GOP Pollster Fred Steeper Says Republican Party Must Stop Pandering to Racism

GOP Pollster Fred Steeper Says Republican Party Should "Throw in Towel on Immigration Issue"

GOP Pollster Fred Steeper Says Republican Party Should “Throw in Towel on Immigration Issue” (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

GOP pollster Fred Steeper told the New York Times that the Republican Party has to stop appealing to racial anxieties that exist among white voters and “throw in the towel on the immigration issue.” He also said, “Racism may be a part of it. The Republican Party needs to stop pandering to that.”

Local NC GOP Chair Don Yelton Resigns After Criticizing ‘Lazy Black People’ in “Daily Show” Interview

NC GOP Chair Don Yelton Resigns After Criticizing 'Lazy Black People' in "Daily Show" Interview

Local NC GOP Chair Don Yelton Resigns After Criticizing ‘Lazy Black People’ in “Daily Show” Interview

Usual GOP race-baiting:  Don Yelton resigned his position as Buncombe County Republican precinct chairman after a racist interview on “The Daily Show” in which he criticized the “lazy black people.” His defense against his racist views is that he has black friends. How many times have we heard this?

“Yes, he has resigned,” said Nathan West, a spokesman for the Buncombe County Republican Party. The party had asked for Don Yelton’s resignation in direct response to the interview, West said.

The interview, conducted by correspondent Aasif Mandvi, was on the topic of North Carolina’s new voter ID law, over which the Justice Department has sued the state. On “The Daily Show,” Yelton argued that the law wasn’t racist, though he added that he’s “been called a bigot before.”

He brushed off those suggestions, too, arguing that one of his best friends is black.

“Now you have a black person using the term, “N— this and n— that, and it’s OK for them to do it,” Yelton said at one point.

That prompted Mandvi to respond, “You know that we can hear you, right?”

This is the racist bigotry that the Republican Party seems to embrace, even though they want blacks and Hispanics to vote for their candidates. Right.

Here’s the video of Don Yelton spewing racist venom:

Rep. Steve King Warns Immigrants Come from ‘Violent Civilizations’

Rep. Steve King Warns Immigrants Come from 'Violent Civilizations'

Rep. Steve King Warns Immigrants Come from ‘Violent Civilizations’

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) continues to insult Latinos and that only works against the Republican Party. He is literally vomiting all over the Republican Party and it is quite evident that House Speaker John Boehner can’t control him. He now claims brown immigrants are naturally violent:

He began his nearly half-hour speech here arguing against immigration reform, claiming societies tend to become more violent as one moves farther south in Latin America.“Now think what that is,” King said to the 60 or so attendees at the rally.

“If you bring people from a violent civilization into a less-violent civilization, you’re going to have more violence right? It’s like pouring hot water into cold water, does it raise the temperature or not?”

Ret. Gen. Colin Powell Says Republican Party has a “Dark Vein of Intolerance”

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Ret. Gen. Colin Powell Slams GOP has a “Dark Vein of Intolerance”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ret. Gen. Colin Powell slammed the GOP Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” saying that “there’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.” Colin Powell pointed to a number of statements directed at President Obama as evidence that there is still racism within the Republican Party.

He singled out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s “shuck and jive” comment aimed at President Obama’s response to the attacks in Libya:  “When I see a former governor say that the president is ‘shuckin’ and jivin’.’ That’s a racial-era slave term,” he said.

He also took aim at former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a Romney surrogate, who called the president “lazy” after the first debate. I might also add Sununu also said the president needed to learn how to be an American and that Colin Powell only endorsed him because he’s black. Here’s what Gen. Powell had to say about John Sununu: “He didn’t say he was slow, he was tired, he didn’t do well; he said he was ‘lazy.’ Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is “shiftless,” and then there’s a third word that goes along with it.”

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