Entries in Racism (4)


Maker of Racist Anti-Obama Sticker Shuts Down Site

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A photograph of a bumper sticker that features a racist play on words lit up Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere Thursday.

The sticker reads “Don’t Re-Nig In 2012″ and sits above a smaller text that reads: “Stop repeat offenders. Don’t re-elect Obama!”

The design seems to have originated from a site called Stumpy’s Stickers, which has since been dismantled. The site featured similar stickers for sale, including a picture of an ape that reads, “Obama 2012″; a drawing of the Confederate flag with the message “If this flag has offended you, then it made my day!”; and another that features members of the Ku Klux Klan and reads, “The Original Boys In The Hood.”

ABC News tried to access the website Friday morning, but the email address has been suspended, and the person(s) responsible for the website has not been identified.

The photograph went viral when it was posted to Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

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Newt Gingrich Presses Ron Paul to Explain Racist Newsletters

Scott Eells-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Newt Gingrich on Friday challenged GOP rival Ron Paul to explain more than a decade’s worth of incendiary newsletters that he has disavowed.

The newsletters contain bigotry against blackS, Jews and gays and an obsession with conspiracies.

“These things are really nasty, and he didn’t know about it, wasn’t aware of it,” said Gingrich adding,  “But he’s sufficiently ready to be president? It strikes me it raises some fundamental questions about him.”

Ron Paul has tried since 2001 to disassociate himself from the newsletters which starting in 1985 bore the name “Ron Paul Investment Letter," “Ron Paul Survival Report” and the “Ron Paul Political Report.”

Paul this week told ABC News’ Jon Karl that he “disavowed those messages” and added that he was practicing medicine at the time and that other people wrote part of the letters for him.

He even walked out of an interview on CNN on Wednesday claiming that he didn’t write the newsletters.

But Paul has indicated that he knew of the newsletters as far back as 1995 and even vouched for the accuracy and admitted writing at least some of the passages in 1996.

During a bruising 1996 Congressional campaign, Paul’s Democratic opponent Charles “lefty” Morris surfaced a 1992 newsletter which stated that 95 percent of black men in Washington “are criminal or entirely criminal.”

Paul told the Dallas Morning News in 1996 that he was being taken out of context and the columns should be read in their entirety.

The 1992 newsletter also stated that “If you have ever been robbed by a black teenage male, you know how unbelievably fleet of foot they can be.”

Paul did not deny to the Dallas paper that he made the statement about the swiftness of black men.

“If you try to catch someone that has stolen a purse from you, there is no chance to catch them,” Paul said.

Paul again vouched for a 1993 edition of the “Ron Paul Survival Report” addressed to “Dear Frightened American” warns of a “national emergency” when the government will close all banks and seize accounts to pay off debts, particularly for the war on drugs.”

According to The Austin American Statesman, the newsletter went on to urge readers to buy foreign passports to better hide their assets from the federal government.

Paul countered at the time to the San Antonio Express-News that he has given readers of his newsletters legal and investment and personal security advice for some time.

Paul again in 1996 acknowledged that he wrote a 1992 newsletter that calls the late Barbara Jordan, the first black woman elected from the south to the U.S. House, a “fraud” and an “empress without clothes.”

Paul told the Austin American Statesman paper he was contrasting Jordan’s political views with his own.

“The causes she so strongly advocated were for more government, more and more regulations and more and more taxes,” said Paul.

It wasn’t until 2001 that Paul began to deny that the words in the newsletters weren’t his, telling the Texas Monthly that others had written it because it was “too confusing.”

“I could never say this in the campaign, but those words weren’t really written by me,” Paul said.

“It wasn’t my language at all. Other people help me with my newsletter as I travel around.”

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Rick Perry Accused of Running ‘Race-Baiting’ Ads in 1990

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has rebutted criticism for leasing hunting grounds that once featured a stone marker bearing a racist name for the property, but this is not the first time he has been the subject of questions about racial issues.

During his 1990 campaign for agriculture commissioner, which he won, Perry ran ads against his opponent, Democrat Jim Hightower, which critics described as “race baiting,” according to news reports from the time.

A 1990 Fort Worth Star Telegram article detailed several African-American elected officials’ expressing concern that the ads were along the same line as the Willie Horton ads Republicans used in the 1988 campaign against Michael Dukakis.  Those ads were critical of Massachusetts’ weekend furlough program.  They depicted Horton, who is black, as a menacing-looking convicted murderer who was furloughed under the program and then committed additional crimes.

The two Perry ads included footage of Hightower’s appearances with Jesse Jackson, whom Hightower endorsed in the 1988 presidential election.  One ad featured a voiceover while the photos of Jackson and Hightower were shown, asking “Does Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower share your values?” and the second ad asked “Do Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower’s scandals bother you?” while also highlighting some of Hightower’s questionable acts.

In a 1990 letter written to Perry, provided by the Democratic group American Bridge, a leader of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus warned that Perry’s ads were along the lines of “race-baiting” and requested he stop running the ads.

“Given the foregoing, and in the spirit of genuine racial harmony and cooperation, please refrain from campaign tactics which appeal to the worse in us all,” Larry Evans, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, wrote.  “My request is based upon my knowledge of you as an honorable and racially sensitive man.”

A spokesman for Perry’s presidential campaign said the ads were simply intended to highlight Hightower’s ties to one of the most liberal politicians in the Democratic Party.

“Rev. Jackson led the most liberal wing of the Democratic Party in his 1988 presidential campaign and Jim Hightower endorsed and worked on his behalf,” Ray Sullivan, communications director for Perry, told ABC News.  “The 1990 TV ad truthfully highlighted Mr. Hightower’s role in the ’88 presidential campaign and truthfully demonstrated his very liberal politics to Texas general election voters."

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Rick Perry Denies Accuracy of Story on Family Lodge, Racial Slur

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry found himself playing defense again on Sunday, this time facing a new round of criticism stemming from a Washington Post report on his family’s lease on hunting grounds, which once was known by a racist name that is derogatory towards blacks.

According to the Washington Post, Perry and his father held leases on a property in West Texas that was once called “N*****head.”  The camp was called by that name for years before Perry and his father partook in the lease.  A stone bearing this word stood at the entrance to the property, but the word was later painted over, and the rock was overturned so the offensive word would not be seen, the Post reported.

The Perry campaign contested the claims made by the Washington Post, saying the family never owned the property that bore the derogatory name.

“A number of claims made in the story are incorrect, inconsistent, and anonymous, including the implication that Rick Perry brought groups to the lease when the word on the rock was still visible.  The one consistent fact in the story is that the word on a rock was painted over and obscured many years ago,” Perry communications director Ray Sullivan said in a statement.

Perry’s father Ray first leased the property in 1983.  Perry told the Washington Post in an e-mail that his father painted over the word shortly after he joined the lease.

“When my Dad joined the lease in 1983, he took the first opportunity he had to paint over the offensive word on the rock during the 4th of July holiday,” Perry told the Post.  “It is my understanding that the rock was eventually turned over to further obscure what was originally written on it.”

Perry himself held a hunting lease on the land for several years between 1997 and 2007.  His campaign says Perry has not visited the grounds since 2006.

“My mother and father went to the lease and painted the rock in either 1983 or 1984,” Perry told the newspaper.  “This occurred after I paid a visit to the property with a friend and saw the rock with the offensive word.  After my visit I called my folks and mentioned it to them, and they painted it over during their next visit.”

“Ever since, any time I ever saw the rock it was painted over,” Perry said.

But the Washington Post spoke with seven anonymous sources who had different recollections, saying they saw the rock with the racial slur on the property during the span that Perry leased the hunting grounds.

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