Newt Gingrich has made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t expect to see any of you people on his lawn with picket signs over his racially charged comments about poor children and President Barack Obama, whom he dubbed a “food stamp president”. While addressing the congregation at Jones Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in South Carolina on Sunday, the former Speaker of the House felt that his earlier comments were taken out of content. “What I was saying was, in the poorest neighborhoods, if we can find a way to help young people earn some money, we might actually be able to keep the dropout rate down and give people an incentive to come to school,” he said.
While the exchange between Gingrich and the African-American congregation was largely respectful, the GOP hopeful was less polite when pressed about his statements by Juan Williams during a FOX News debate televised on Martin Luther King Day-how fitting! “Can’t you see that this is viewed at a minimum as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?” asked Williams. Gingrich curtly replied, “No, I don’t see that.” The South Carolina crowd went wild with applause.
History has taught us that no one can truly understand what is and isn’t offensive to African-Americans as well as a White person who has been accused of being offensive to African-Americans. Time and time again, it has been made abundantly clear that we should not take offense to anything short of being called a “nigger”, physically assaulted and/or killed. Otherwise, we’re just being sensitive and there’s nothing worse than a sensitive Negro.
Seriously, will Gingrich’s overtly racist language mean anything to his base? Or will this latest outburst simply make opponent Mitt Romney look less racially insensitive by comparison?