A lot of you Negroes are upset with Newt for suggesting that black folks are the only ones who use food stamps and rightfully so. His statement was ignorant and misguided. And, to make matters worse, he doubled down at the republican debates by calling out Juan Williams to the delight of the red meat starved wingnut crowd.
"JUAN WILLIAMS: Speaker Gingrich, you recently said black Americans should demand jobs, not food stamps. You also said poor kids lack a strong work ethic, and proposed having them work as janitors in their schools. Can’t you see that this is viewed, at a minimum, as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?
GINGRICH: No, I don’t see that." [Source]
Of course he doesn't see it, because he lives in a parallel universe where ignorance and bigotry is accepted.
But here is the thing, as black folks we contribute to this crap by perpetuating these stereotypes our damn selves.
Just today I was in the train station here in Philly, when I saw the pic that goes with this post on a billboard. (I took that pic myself) Are you serious? WTF? WDAS is the most popular radio station here in Philly. They play R&B and "classic soul". And, quite frankly, that billboard is embarrassing. Newt and his ilk would love it. The folks at Clear Channel should be ashamed for green lighting that bull s%$#.
The folks who thought of this billboard are doing to get ratings for the Steve Harvey show, and they are doing it in an ignorant way. Sorry, "We Pay Your Bills" isn't cutting it for me. Find another promotion, or find another slogan for the one you are pushing.
Finally, -and we have been down this road before- can someone please remind Beyonce Knowles where she came from? Girlfriend tends to forget every now and then.