As you might know by now, Vice President Biden had another foot-in-mouth episode. Addressing a Virginia crowd last week, the VEEP warned of Romney’s intentions to lift the business regulations imposed on Wall Street since the economic collapse. “Unchain Wall Street,” Biden quipped. “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” Since then, the Romney camp and conservatives across the country haven’t wasted a second capitalizing on this. Funny thing is: while I’d definitely add this to growing list of Biden Face Palm moments, I’m perhaps more entertained (and, in another sense, offended) by the selective outrage I’m seeing from conservatives.
While conservatives are decrying the “divisive” nature of Biden’s comment, they have turned a deaf ear to the ubiquitous displays of racism showcased by folks in their own crew. Does the birtherism movement promoted by Romney endorser Donald Trump ring a bell, anybody? Where is the anger from Romney surrogate John Sununu’s suggestion that the president needs to learn to be an American? Oh, and how about Herman Cain’s celebration from escaping the “democratic plantation” or Allen West’s over-the-top assertion that Obama wants to makes us his “economic slaves”? Did we so quickly forget about Rick “I said blah people” Santorum’s blanketed attack on minorities and entitlement programs? Where was the anger when Former Speaker and now Romney support Newt Gingrich called Obama a “food stamp president?” If we want to look directly at the candidate, how soon have we forgotten Romney’s attack on the NAACP for wanting “free stuff from the government” in response to his intentions to repeal Obamacare?
This only provides a snapshot of what’s been going on in recent months. Examining all the racist vitriol directed at Obama since his presidency (in the form of emails, speeches, interviews, etc) is so time-consuming, it should be a full time job. So, rather than trying to disingenuously convince us that Obama is running a campaign around racial division, maybe the GOP should take a closer look at themselves. We don’t need them to go to bat for us when their batting average is frighteningly low itself. People living in glass houses don’t have any business throwing stones.
All that said, on behalf of the 95% of black folks who probably won’t vote for you GOP clowns anyway, allow me to say: sit down somewhere and shut the hell up. Thank you.