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Newt Gingrich has lost his mind.

Did you see his somewhat feisty exchange with Fox News contributor Juan Williams during the most recent Republican/Tea Party presidential debate?

Don't worry. I didn't either, at least not live. But when I watched the archived CNN videos, I applauded Juan Williams for asking questions that tell us where the Republican/Tea Party contenders stand on race.

And to say that I'm unhappy with where they're standing would be an understatement.

All of these Republican/Tea Party contenders have shown they could care less about the African-American vote. They know most of us blacks will be voting for President Barack Obama in November anyway. But what about those African Americans who were sitting in the auditorium with them? They adhere to the same conservative values as their Caucasian counterparts. They too want to make Barack Obama a one-term president. But it looks as if these candidates, and the Republican/Tea Party faithful, don't care about them either.

During Monday's debate, Newt offered a reiteration of his comments about President Obama being a "food stamp president", and raised questions about poor people’s work ethic. He told the audience that if invited to the NAACP Convention, he would tell its members to encourage their African-American constituents to demand paychecks, not food stamps. Newt stood behind these words even after Juan Williams suggested they were "intended to belittle the poor and racial minorities."

Diatribes like this have not been heard since the days of George Wallace, the former Alabama governor who, according to Wikipedia, is best remembered for “his Southern populist and pro-segregation attitudes during the American desegregation period.” Now I don’t fault Newt for playing to the crowd, but I have a problem when a person distorts reality by placing a president’s misconceived foibles on the backs of the poor and racial minorities.

Every intelligent American knows that Newt is speaking code when he refers to President Obama as the “food stamp president.” The audience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina offered thunderous applause when he used the debate to hurl this sound bite at President Obama. It is understandable that Newt is trying to make the narrative about the state of American politics more pro-Republican. But why ignore the fact that most of the people receiving food stamps are white, not black?

I applaud Juan Williams for raising legitimate questions about Newt Gingrich’s belittling tendencies. But I hate the fact that in the aftermath of his perceived beat down, he allowed Newt to continue the perpetuation of his lies. Their exchange provided Williams with a platform for speaking out against conservative Republicans racist tactics. But Williams squandered this opportunity, opting to elevate his own status (albeit negative) among the Fox News faithful rather than be a champion for righteousness. Sadly, his transformation into the proverbial wimp occurred on the same day we honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Juan Williams would probably respond to me by saying he has done a lot as a journalist to educate Americans on the plight of the poor and racial minorities. And I wouldn’t argue with this point. I have many of his books on my shelf. But I wouldn’t walk away quietly either. I would remind Juan Williams that his views may be moderately conservative, but the blood flowing through his veins is rooted in Africa. And the latter should encourage him to stand up when peering into the face of wickedness (Newt Gingrich), not sit down.

Juan Williams will forever be remembered as the African-American journalist that Newt Gingrich put in his place. But that story will hopefully be nothing more than a footnote. What I hope history highlights from this exchange is the Republican/Tea Party’s failure to intelligently address the issues of prejudice, discrimination and racism.

By endorsing Newt’s brand of fiction through their thunderous applause, the Republican/Tea Party caucus resurrected attitudes reminiscent of the Jim Crow era. It is almost as if they want to change our political and social discourse from income inequality to personal responsibility.

And I wouldn’t have a problem with that. Such a discussion is important. But don’t make it seem like we African Americans lack personal responsibility because some of our members are receiving food stamps and other forms of public assistance. These Republican presidential candidates also need to talk about those disgruntled Caucasians who are struggling to make ends meet. Their struggles weren’t wrought by President Obama. They began when one of their own, Republican George W. Bush, went on a spending spree during his eight years as president.

And that’s why I will be supporting President Barack Obama in 2012. Not because he and I are descendants of Africa. But because of the Republican/Tea Party caucus’ inability to put forth a candidate that has the temperament to be the leader of the free world.

What do you think?

I look forward to reading your responses.

From http://www.faulkersonfocus.blogspot.com by Jeffery A. Faulkerson
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Sunday, January 22nd 2012 at 6:30PM
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And I like how you're thinking, Irma. Newt and others are using African Americans as their scapecoats, even though they know statistical data paints a different picture.
Sunday, January 22nd 2012 at 7:02PM
J. A. Faulkerson
@ Brother Faulkerson,

Great blog and I thank you for your commentary; however, Newt is a great Politician, Adulterer, Liar, and Deceiver. We can all ask his ex-wife to confirm. Oops! I believe the media has done that already. Ha! Ole Boy Newt said on Meet the Press with Candy Crawley yesterday that everyone knows that there are a larger number of White people on food stamps than minorities. Imagine that! ((Lol)) Newt pandered to my good ole birth State of S. C. and won. Am I surprised that my fellow South Carolinians supported this adulterous candidate? Nope, I'm not surprised at all especially since the Southern Plantation owners had concubines in addition to their wife(s). Newt has captured the hearts of those Americans who still buy into fear tactics and anti-change tactics. Way to go Newt. By the way, isn't Juan the guy who used to attack Black politicians when he worked for Fox News? Hmmmmm.....

P.S.
Besides, the majority of Americans especially White Americans aren't comfortable with talk about Race so Juan should have known better. Black Americans keep missing the boat when they attempt to engage White people in Race talks. It's a subject that always puts White people on attack or on the defensive. Never go there... period!




Monday, January 23rd 2012 at 3:58AM
Jen Fad
I have never seen a more white-sucking, hater of Islam like sell-out Negro Juan Williams of Fox News. Williams is the Negro who caused Amerikkka to reach s*xual political ecstasy when he told that demon Bill O’Reilly that people in Muslim attire frighten him.

Given the hell that Black people have had to endure in Amerikkka, one would think that he’d have better sense than to give white supremacy more legitimacy by saying something so ASININE...

Tuesday, January 24th 2012 at 11:56AM
Siebra Muhammad
Hi my brother lets try the flip side of this to maybe see how Juan Williams who don't want to fly on the same plane as a Muslim asking this queation helped to get Newt (and JW's former co-worker on FOX) get such a big win in S.C. and maybe even in Fl....

What if JW had used the definition of DISCRIMINATION (singleing out a group as in his being Black)to ask Newt tis question and not one like this...

"NEWT SINCE THE GREATEST NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON FOOD STAMPS ARE WHITE AND EVEN OUR TROOPS FIGHTING IN WARS CHILDREN MUST RECEIVE FOOD STAMPS WHY HAVE YOU SINGLED OUT OUR SITTING PRESIDENT AS THE FOOD STAMP PRESIDENT WITHOUT MENTIONIING THE OUT SURCEDJOBS,DECADE OLD WARS, HOMELESSNESS AND A RECORD SETTING NUMBER OF ALL RACES OF OUR AMERICAN CHILDREN GOING TO BED HUNGRY?!? (NUP / SMILE)

"JUST THINKING MY BROTHER, JUST THINKING...
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
ROBINSON IRMA
Thanks Jeffery and may "I" add that I am not happy to have been so, so right when I warned out youth a long time ago that tis election would be about out racisting the next racist and started when those Teaparty (minus those whote hoods promised to return this nation back to the days when Jim Crow ruled)

and, not to mention how successful tis is going to be as long as they have us turning ou out greatest survival in America's tools...our religious faith and our mothers...(nup, but it is the truth that will set us free that we are always united as a race when the need arises)...

( BEEN THERE, DONE THAT , S-M-I-L-E)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
ROBINSON IRMA
@Jen (I already know about your believing I have a problem with the religion I was born inand even after 48 years of faithfully practicing until learning it was 110% responsible fo rour becoming chatel slaves and not slaves...but I shall s peak the truth i already know you say you can't understand from me)...

I DON'T BLAME NEWT FOR CHANGING TO A FAITH THAT THE POPE PAID A SPECIAL TRIP TO AMERICA TO ASK THAT WE F-O-R-G-I-V-E AND FORGET 50 YEARS OF RAPING OUR SMALL CHILDREN (YOU KNOW THIS NATION AGAISNT THE ADULT MALE AND MALE s*x IS WRONG BUT THE MALE ON MALE CHILD IS NOT---THE PRAISE GIVEN TO THE MAN WHO JUST DIED OF LUNG CANCER YESTERDAY ---FOR HIS AGRREEING WITH 15 YEARS OF THIS BEHAVIOR ALSO)...

WE CAN'T BLAME JUAN WILLIAMS FOR GOING ALONG WITH THIS SMALL PIECE OF NEWT'S WHEN WE USE THIS BLACK SOCiAL SITE TO DEMEAN AND DISRESTECT OUR MOTHERS AS A WAY OF LIFE...HELL ,JEN THIS IS NOT AS BAD AS THINGS YOU USE THIS SITE TO GO AGAINST OUR FIRST LADY aBOUT...OR YOUR QUEST TO STOP OUR BLACK HISTORY TALKED ABOUT ON THIS SITE...SO...

PLEASE GIVE TRYING TO BE AGAINST JW FOR DOING SOMEThING ONE TIME THAT YOU DO YEAR AFTER YEAR...NOW IF YOU LIKE YOU CAN GO POST ANOTHER NEGATIVE POST ABOUT ME AND SIEBRA OR JUST ME ALONE IF YOU LIKE...

THANKS MY BROTHER FOR WLLOWING ME TO VENT AGAINST ANY AND ALL EFFORTS TO TRY AND TURN US AGAINST OUR OWN BY TRYING TO KEEP US CLOSED MINDED AND PLAYING THE VICTIM AS THE POWERS THAT BE WOULD LIKE US TO DO...THIS IS WHY JUAN WILLIAMS MAKES THE BIG BUCKS AND I AM SURE WILL BE WRITTING A BOOK ON TIS THAT WILL BE PUBLISHED BY THE BOOK PUBLISHING INDUSTRY OWNE BY THE OWNER OF FOX ALONG WITH MAGAZINES OWNED BY TOSE WHO WORK FOR FOX LIKE 'THE WEEEKLY STANDARD!!!! (N...U...p!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


...oops isn't JW the guy that FOX gave $$$$$$millions for saying he feared flying with dark skined / Muslims??? YEP, but we said nothing about this did we????????????????????...Oh,I say daark skined, because I am sure that we can not tell a dark skined person from Iraq form one from Iraq or even India as the MUSLIM TO FEAR in the real world of truth and facts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
ROBINSON IRMA
...oops also...a Muslim serving on active duty in our Marine corps, navy, airforce, army of in our federal , state, local government...it only is about the color of this skin and closed minds who reject our constittion or our need to be our own worst enemy on cue...(NUP)

Thanks again my brother, and I am off you post leading it astray...LOL...
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
ROBINSON IRMA
@Juan Williams,Newt Gingrich and Fox...it is so good to see that little 'farcical' all of you pulled in S.C. has come back to huant you as well as the Teaparty 110%!!!! (smile)

And, (no disrespect to the Jewish (PEOPLES) money that helped us get from free in Africans to chatel in America...

YOUR CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROOST TRYING TO BRING OUR PRESIDENT DOWN...THE OWNER OF FOX IS A JEW, THE PERSON WHO JUST GAVE NEWT $10 MILLION IS A JEW AND THE BOTH OF YOU ARE NOW UNDER OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S INVESTIGATIONS...

AND YOU JW, YOU ARE HEADED TO THE SAME NO MAN'S LAND AS OJ SIMPSON!!! LOL (S-M-I-L-E)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
ROBINSON IRMA
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