Dems Are Ignoring Their Own Racism
And it could get worse as GOP gets more diverse: Peter Beinart
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 7, 2013 12:53 PM CDT
Dick Harpootlian called for Nikki Haley to go 'back to wherever the hell she came from.'   (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

(Newser) – Republicans don't have a monopoly on racism, much as Democrats might like to believe it, writes Peter Beinart in the Daily Beast. Case in point: Former South Carolina Democratic Party chair Dick Harpootlian recently said the state's Indian-American governor, Nikki Haley, should be sent "back to wherever the hell she came from." Harpootlian was speaking at a party dinner ahead of a Joe Biden appearance. But Democrats aren't exactly falling over themselves to slam the comment—"and for now, at least, conservatives are just about the only ones asking them to."

"Unless offenses like Harpootlian’s are slapped down hard, Democratic Party bigotry is likely to get worse," Beinart writes. "The reason is simple: the Republican Party is getting more diverse," as its current Senate and gubernatorial rosters reveal. Indeed, "in politics, bigotry isn’t always connected to ideology; sometimes it simply stems from opportunism." Click for Beinart's full column.

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Murahu
May 9, 2013 3:15 PM CDT
It is not a comment here or there that makes the Democrats THE racist party. It is their actions. Example, Obama's Dept. of Justice does not believe in treating whites equally. It favors preferences, racist discrimination against whites, pushing Black-skin privilege. This is why the New Black Panther Party was allowed to intimidate voters in Pennsylvania and get away with it. And lesser known cases of voter fraud by Black Dems in Mississippi and Alabama. This is why the Dems seek to take away guns from law abiding citizens, so only violent criminals will have the guns. We know who the law abiding are, and Obama knows who the violent criminals are. Who are the perps of gun violence in Chicago? But Dems do not want to punish them, because they are "poor, minorities". They are Democrats. The media and academia call the GOP racists because the GOP sometimes demands equal opportunity and equal rights for poor whites. To Democrats, equal opportunity is racist. But is the Dems, and their absurd philosophy of giving racial preferences, and pushing Black-skin privileges, that is truly racist.
Vikiviki
May 8, 2013 11:43 PM CDT
Republicans have the most racist attitude. Republicans are sure not wild about the India men and women who win. Since I have Governor Jindal I can tell you that he is a terrible governor who has done nothing good for the state. He has privatized state agencies and he has tried to privatize prisons but was rebuffed by legislators. Taking public school funds to give to private schools and for vouchers has been determined to be unconstitutional. He is a disciple of Grover Norquist against all taxes while he has been all for millions of dollars in cuts to our colleges and to our hospitals that saw people who were poor and needed health care. Jindal has been going down in the polls and that is good for Louisiana.
think_again
May 8, 2013 4:31 PM CDT
If the USA were a majority Black country, then Obama would have been the first White president.