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Scenes From An Exhibition: 2012 Republican National Convention


In the two-horse race, that is the US Presidential election, the second horse has been chosen. Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate. A look at some race-related incidents in the Republican National convention that selected Romney as the Republican candidate.

The Party Has Spoken  |  Aug  28  2012  cartoon titled The Tampa Bucks by Martin Kozlowski; cartoon source & courtesy - cagle.com

The Party Has Spoken | Aug 28 2012 cartoon titled The Tampa Bucks by Martin Kozlowski; cartoon source & courtesy – cagle.com

Seemingly

A few months ago, Lydia Polgreen compared, in NY Times, the changes in the lives of Indian Dalits versus American Blacks. Using studies by Western universities, Polgreen suggested that Indian Dalits have indeed moved closer to the Indian averages than American Blacks have.

Dalits still lag behind the rest of India, but they have experienced gains as the country’s economy has expanded. A recent analysis of government survey data by economists at the University of British Columbia found that the wage gap between other castes and Dalits has decreased to 21 percent, down from 36 percent in 1983, less than the gap between white male and black male workers in the United States. The education gap has been halved.

Another survey conducted by Indian researchers along with professors from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard showed that the social status of Dalits has risen as well — they are more likely to be invited to non-Dalit weddings, to eat the same foods and wear the same clothes as upper-caste people, and use grooming products like shampoo and bottled hair oil.

via India’s Boom Creates Openings for Untouchables – NYTimes.com.

Is the American Right Going in the Right Direction?  |  Cartoon on Aug 26 2012 titled Right Direction by Gary Varvel; image source & courtesy - cagle.com

Is the American Right Going in the Right Direction? | Cartoon on Aug 26 2012 titled Right Direction by Gary Varvel; image source & courtesy – cagle.com

There, Here – and Now

Here are some snapshots from the Republican National Convention (RNC) held at Tampa Bay, in USA.

A few notes before that. It would be interesting to see how readers can compare India’s treatment of two less-powerful sections of Indian society.

One is the Indian Muslim minority, which has seen a massive comedown, from being the most-powerful elites in the past, to the new, plebian hoi-polloi.

Second is the vast mass of Dalits, who are actually not a minority, but close to a majority – and out-number their ‘oppressors’ by a significant margin. Unlike American Blacks who are in a minority – and have a past of oppression, Indian Dalits are a majority.

The origins of Dalit economic and social powerlessness are credited to the Indian caste system – as per the narrative crafted by the British Raj, in the last 100 years. Post-colonial India has not made any serious attempt to trace the changes in the economic status of the Dalits in the last 1000 years to validate or reject the colonial narrative.

Now on to the RNC.

Mitt Romney - The Wooden Candidate is the Republican Choice  |  Cartoon on Aug  27  2012  titled Republican Convention by Jimmy Margulies; image source & courtesy - cagle.com

Mitt Romney – The Wooden Candidate is the Republican Choice | Cartoon on Aug 27 2012 titled Republican Convention by Jimmy Margulies; image source & courtesy – cagle.com

Peanuts & Monkeys

There are tensions just below the surface at the Republican convention.

The GOP ejected two people from last night’s session for allegedly throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman, and saying, “This is how we feed animals.”

“Yesterday two attendees exhibited deplorable behavior,” said a Republican statement. “Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”

The nut-throwing incident was first reported on Twitter by Take Action News and reporter David Shuster.

Tweeted Shuster: “GOP attendee ejected for throwing nuts at African American CNN camera woman saying ‘This is how we feed animals’.”

Some Twitter users are casting it as a racial issue. But it should be noted that some Republicans dislike many media members, regardless of color.

via GOP ejects people who threw nuts at camerawoman.

Using a real incident of an escaped chimpanzee shot dead by police, cartoonist Sean Delonas in NY Post in February 2009 uses the chimp as a proxy for Obama.

Using a real incident of an escaped chimpanzee shot dead by police, cartoonist Sean Delonas in NY Post in February 2009 uses the chimp as a proxy for Obama.

One sentence is all it takes

To ruin a Black sympathizer!

Compared to the simple expulsion, of the Nut-Chuckers, a private, anti-Romney comment, sympathizing with Blacks, can get you promptly fired from your job.

When a policeman-in-a-cartoon shoots dead a chimpanzee, an Obama-proxy, First Amendment is invoked. But, the First Amendment didn’t seem to apply to David Chalian.

In an economy with nearly 10% unemployment rate, when David Chalian, the Head-Washington News Bureau for Yahoo, made a private anti-Romney comment, he paid with his job.

This private comment was recorded by an open microphone, and made its way into the cyber-sphere. A comment not in the best taste – but during a Presidential campaign in USA, what are limits to bad taste? Candidates routinely make the most distasteful comments, allegations.

David Chalian’s private comment seems high-culture, in contrast.

While candidates have been having field day in lowering public debate, one sentence is all it takes to ruin a man's career?  | Cartoon on  Aug  25  2012 titled Political Convention Checklist by Bruce Plante; image source & courtesy - cagle.com

While candidates have been having field day in lowering public debate, one sentence is all it takes to ruin a man’s career? | Cartoon on Aug 25 2012 titled Political Convention Checklist by Bruce Plante; image source & courtesy – cagle.com

Yahoo abruptly fired its Washington bureau chief on Wednesday after he was caught on a hot mic taking a racially charged swipe at Mitt Romney and his wife.

David Chalian lost his job after he was overheard saying that the Romneys are “happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

Chalian’s comment, a reference to the tropical storm battering Louisiana, was made during a webcast at the Republican convention that is part of a partnership between Yahoo and ABC News. On Tuesday, Chalian and ABC’s Jonathan Karl jointly interviewed members of the Romney brain trust.

Yahoo said in a statement: “David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!. He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended.”

It is unfortunate that a journalist’s career can implode so quickly over one ill-considered comment. At the same time, Chalian’s words were so biased against Romney, and racially inflammatory, that Yahoo management undoubtedly felt it had no choice. That kind of unguarded remark also feeds perceptions that the mainstream media is biased against Romney.

Late in the day, Chalian posted (an) apology on Facebook.

via Yahoo Cans Staffer for Anti-Romney Slam – The Daily Beast.

While the Presidential candidates are lowering public debate, one wrong sentence by lesser ‘mortals’ can ruin their career? | Adam Zyglis of Buffalo News, in August 2012, source & courtesy – Politicalcartoons.com

While the Presidential candidates are lowering public debate, one wrong sentence by lesser ‘mortals’ can ruin their career? | Adam Zyglis of Buffalo News, in August 2012, source & courtesy – Politicalcartoons.com

Black is not Back

The Republican Party has decided that Obama will get all the Black votes – and has ignored its own Black constituents.

Black members of the Republican Party, were themselves disappointed by the lack of Black faces, absence of Black people in the power corridors of the RNC.

This is the fourth Republican convention that I have attended, and it is by far the least diverse. I now know what America would look like if all blacks and other people of color mysteriously disappeared. Reporters have been calling me, practically begging me to find them some blacks to interview for their various media outlets. Is this really the 21st century? I have not been showered with this much attention since I was a little baby!

But even more alarming than the lack of blacks as convention attendees, delegates or Mitt Romney staff members is the lack of blacks in the pipeline to be future party operatives.

When I came into the party with George H.W. Bush, there was a pipeline of other African Americans who worked for the Republican National Committee in the headquarters, staffers who worked for Reagan, etc. We are now some of the most experienced operatives in the game; many of us have our own firms or work for corporate America. Unfortunately, we are never consulted on party issues unless there is an overtly black angle or, more typically, someone in the party leadership has done something stupid and they expect us to go on camera to provide cover. Those of us with integrity have never allowed ourselves to be used in such a manner, though, some blacks have.

Today, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus doesn’t appear to have any African Americans in significant decision making positions on his staff. The same can be said for the Senate and House campaign committees.

If there are no blacks in these pipelines, then the party has made the decision that there will be no blacks in the party’s future. Imagine there were no college football programs; where would the NFL get its players from? Who would provide players for their future?

The Republican line is that the overwhelming majority of blacks will vote for Obama because he is African American. I find this thinking extremely insulting as a black Republican. The reason the majority of blacks will vote for Obama is because Republicans have not given African Americans a reason to vote for Republicans or Romney.

I am embarrassed at the lack of diversity at this convention.The sad thing is that many of the party leaders agree with me in private conversations, but over the years, they have done absolutely nothing to address this issue. When all is said and done, there has been more said than done when it comes to changing the whiteness of the party.

via Republican National Convention: Where are the African Americans? – The Root DC Live – The Washington Post.

Todd Akin, a Republican of the Legitimate Rape Fame is in the forefront of Women's Agenda by the Republican's  |  Cartoon by David Fitzsimmons of Arizona Daily Star in August 2012, source & courtesy - Politicalcartoons.com

Todd Akin, a Republican of the Legitimate Rape Fame is in the forefront of Women’s Agenda by the Republican’s | Cartoon by David Fitzsimmons of Arizona Daily Star in August 2012, source & courtesy – Politicalcartoons.com

Poster-Child At The Altar

However, anyone banging their head at the altar of the American Dream, is an instant poster-child.

One such poster-child is Mia Love, a Republican Mayor. While there is considerable (anecdotal) evidence that talented Blacks can get their breaks to the American Dream, the important are the average Blacks.

Does the American System work for them – or against them.

Love, who is Mayor of Saratoga Springs, a small town in Utah meets members of the Utah National Guard at a community event in Salt Lake City  Image & caption courtesy: dailymail.co.uk

Love, who is Mayor of Saratoga Springs, a small town in Utah meets members of the Utah National Guard at a community event in Salt Lake City Image & caption courtesy: dailymail.co.uk

She could be Mitt Romney’s best hope of capturing the African American vote – the dynamic, young immigrant’s daughter hoping to become the first-ever black Republican woman to win a seat in congress.

Mia Love is a 36-year-old, first-generation Haitian-American. She’s a Mormon and already mayor of Saratoga Springs, a small town in mostly white Utah.

The speech, which drew sustained applause, combined her family’s journey to the U.S. with references to civil-rights icons Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

‘Our story has been told over 200 years,’ she told the adoring crowd. ‘With small steps and giant leaps, from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream.’

Love, who is up against Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, a six-term incumbent, is a staunch conservative championing small government and fiscal responsibility.

She said: ‘My parents immigrated to the U.S. with $10 in their pocket, believing that the America they had heard about really did exist.

‘When times got tough they didn’t look to Washington, they looked within.

‘His policies have failed,’ she continued. ‘We are not better off than we were four years ago, and no rhetoric, bumper sticker or Hollywood campaign ad can change that.

via Mia Love, the black female Republican making waves at the GOP conference, could make history in Congress | Mail Online.

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  1. Pp
    August 31, 2012 at 4:16 am

    You are unnecessarily being harsh on the RNC. If they’ve AAs participating , you accuse them of tokenism. If there are no AAs then it’s coz of racism. These are in fact the same accusations that the Indian MSM lays on BJPs feet wrto their Muslim politicians. Ever heard of Allen west? Condelezza rice? they r all part of Republican party. If AAs dont want to join RNC how is it RNC’s fault? It’s not that RNC doest want AAs vote. It’s just tht for AAS race matters more hence almost 90% of them voted/ wil vote for Obama . If chalian was fired, it’s bcoz he is supposed to be neutral, reporting events without any prejudice as he is a newsman. Unlike in India. And Washington post is known publication that is favorable to Obama.of course it’s going to report negative stereotypes of republicans.

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