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  •  I don't mean to be disrespectful to the diarist at (14+ / 0-)

    all.  But I believe that the question itself is absolutely ridiculous - and not in a good way.  There need not be this huge breakdown of the who, what, when, why and where of Newt's (and the other GOP racists) comments.  He has, for all intents and purposes, told all of us who he is and what he stands for.  What more does he have to do for acceptance of the FACT that he is a racist?

    Perhaps I would feel differently if I were not an African American woman who grew up in this Country in the 50s, 60s and 70s - the critical years for me as a woman of obviously the wrong color.  When a potential employer tells me to my face in 1976 that the only reason I was invited for an interview was because the U.S. government was enforcing provisions of the Civil Rights Act and that certain quotas had to be met, I didn't need to further explore whether or not he was a racist.  He then went on to elaborate that if it were left up to him, he would not hire me but had to.

    He knew and I knew that he was racist.  And unfortunately, this is just one small example.  When you have lived with the racism "sickness" for as long as many like me have, you just know.

    By the way, not only did I get the job, I worked for him for 3 1/2 produtive and impressive years.  In the end, he said that I was the best executive assistant that he had ever had (in the days of carbon paper and typewriters).

    There are so many morals to this story that I'll just leave it.

    •  P.S. re my previous comment. Consider the (7+ / 0-)

      following red flags:

      1.  Newt did not offer to go to any white conventions to discuss this topic;

      2.  He singled out African Americans as though they were the greater recipients of the food stamp program.  They are not.  "Majority of Welfare Recipients are White," Non-urban, Study Reveals:  http://www.sodahead.com/...

      3.  He has to know that there are more white food stamp recipients than both African Americas and Latinos.  After all, if you're going to pretend like welfare reform was your idea, and that you implemented it, you would have to at least have some essential facts at your disposal to throw around to the gullible MSM and your opponents.  

      4.  Just for fun, I went browsing to look for statistics and articles are food stamp recipients, and came across a Jet Magazine article from December 1992 entitled "
      Despite Prevailing Sterotypes, Whites, Not Blacks, Collect Greater Share of Public Aid Dollars."  Here is the link to the magazine article http://books.google.com/...

      5.  From Time Magazine in 1991:  Welfare:  A White Secret:  http://www.time.com/...

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