5 Ways ‘I Wish I Was Mexican’ Mitt Reveals Contempt for Brown and Black People
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Poor Mitt. It's tough to be a rich, white guy these days.
2. Black people want free stuff. In July, Romney made an appearance before the NAACP's annual convention, declaring himself to be the best presidential candidate "for African American families." Then, in an apparent bid to collect television footage of black people booing him, he declared his intention to "repeal Obamacare."
At a fundraiser later that night, according to a pool report, Romney responded to a question about his reception at the civil rights group's gathering:
I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this: If they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy -- more free stuff. But don't forget nothing is really free.
3. Arabs love war -- and are poor because of their inferior culture. In the video secretly shot at the Boca fundraiser, Romney offers a new twist on the Middle East peace process, basically saying the best approach is to kick the can down the road. Why? Because, Romney says, "the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace." That's right -- none of them. (This assumption, by the way, flies in the face of public polling data in the occupied territories.)
Add to that statement Romney's assertion before a group in Israel that "culture" is the reason for the wealth disparity between Israel and the Palestinian territories, and you have Romney painting Palestinian Arabs according to the racist "ghetto thug" stereotypes used against blacks in the U.S.
Romney's Israel remarks, as reported by TPM's Benjy Sarlin in July:
As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita*, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality."
"Culture makes all the difference," Romney said. "And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things." Among them, he cited "the hand of providence."
4. Falsely painting black president as promoter of work-free welfare payments. Having yet to close the deal with the Republican base, Romney set out in August to provide right-wingers with a false narrative about President Barack Obama that would vindicate the racist biases of the right, especially the notion that Obama favors blacks over whites, based around the false assumption of the average welfare recipient as black, and the lie that the Obama sought to remove the work requirements from federal welfare payments.
In a series of ads, the Romney campaign mischaracterized waivers granted to several states as the undoing of welfare reform when, in fact, the waivers were granted in order to allow the states to try new methods to increase the employment numbers of welfare recipients.
5. Another twist on the "lazy Negro" theme. As I reported in July:
At the end of May, the Romney campaign rolled out a new campaign based around the theme, "Obama Isn't Working." It was a neat little double entendre, with a surface-level meaning, if one read it as a grammatically tortured kind of shorthand, that Obama's policies aren't working, while its grammatically correct meaning implied that the African American president is, well, shiftless -- a notion that is a persistent racial stereotype of American black people.
When it comes to people who aren't white, or who aren't rich, Mitt Romney, it seems, has a few issues.