Charlie Crist Jockeying For 2012?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in crist, Race, Republicans

Along with Michael Steele, Charlie Crist seems to be attempting to move the Republican party into the 21st Century.

Here’s a statement he recently put out about the Chip Saltsman/”Barack The Magic Negro” stupidity…

As the GOP Chairman in one of our nation’s most ethnically and culturally diverse states, I am especially disappointed by the inappropriate words and actions we’ve seen over the past few days. I am proud of those party leaders who have stood up in firm opposition to this type of behavior.

In Florida we have worked hard to reach out to ALL citizens to promote the Republican Party’s principles and values while ensuring that our commitment to African Americans, Hispanics, and other minority communities is sincere and credible. Actions such as the distribution of this CD, regardless of intent, only serves to promote divisiveness and distracts us from our common goal of building our party.

Today, the GOP has an unprecedented opportunity to embrace change and inclusion, and we are either going to welcome this opportunity fully or watch it slip through our fingers. We can only achieve success if Republican leaders reject racial or any other acts that divide us and instead embrace what unites us as a nation.

The question is…will it work?

Well, when a high ranking Republican leader gives a CD with a song on it entitled “Barack The Magic Negro” as a Christmas gift to members of the Republican National Committee, one thinks there’s a LONG way to go yet. Because not only is it completely tone deaf to where we’re at right now in our nation’s history, it’s also needlessly divisive.

What’s more, he didn’t apologize and positioned an apology as pandering.

And maybe it’s just me, but I’m getting really tired of the pathetic defense of “What? Can’t you take a joke? Don’t you have a sense of humor? Jeez, everything’s so politically correct these days.”

Still, it’s encouraging to see high ranking Republicans speak out.

Let’s hope there are more.


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5 Responses to “Charlie Crist Jockeying For 2012?”

  1. gerryf Says:

    Frankly, I am somewhat surprised Saltsman hasn’t been embarrassed out of the country.

    I know we’ve seen some people come out and be critical of him, but it is wholly inconceivable that the condemnation hasn’t reached a point where GOP folks aren’t falling all over each other to condemn him.

    I mean, for anyone–let alone a candidate for the GOP national chair–to do something like this and still be considered “a candidate” for the chair–it’s simply amazing.

    I mean, Mike Huckabee even kind of defended him?!?

    Good grief…

  2. Will Says:

    gerryf Says:

    December 30th, 2008 at 10:23 am
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    Frankly, gerry, I hope these political suicidals keep up the fine work.

  3. Danielle Says:

    I have to admit I cringed when I heard about that disk and don’t think its
    ever appropriate to use that small ‘n’ word, HOWEVER. I don’t remember
    this outrage when Saturday Night Live accused Gov. Palin’s husband
    of incest. That was far more inflamatory than even this.
    All I heard were crickets chirping from the main-stream media
    and left-leaning moderates like you.

  4. Justin Gardner Says:

    Danielle,

    I’ve consistently called out folks on both sides. Just because you haven’t heard it during one occasion doesn’t mean I’m not vocal when I think people say insensitive things.

    But let’s get one thing clear…Saturday Night Live isn’t a political party. Their job is to be purposefully provocative and if you really think they were genuinely “accusing” Todd of incest, I’d caution you to rethink that.

    However, I agree that there is a line and I think what we’ve agreed upon, as a society, is that racially insensitive remarks are best left off the table. That’s why you don’t see them used very often unless it’s by people of that culture, creed, sexual orientation, etc.

    HOWEVER…

    The point I’m trying to make is that if Republicans honestly don’t understand why this type of stuff is dumb and not fit for public consumption, then they’re doomed to be the part of white Southerners. And that’s fine, but just so long as they realize that and don’t complain about being ignored.

  5. J. Harden Says:

    As a professional magician…I took extreme offense! There is no such thing a “Magic Negro” — just like there is no such thing as a “Magic Mexican”, “Magic Irish”, “Magic Jew”, “Magic Romanian”….(well, actually there is such a thing as a “Magic Romanian” — but its complicated.) We, the Magicians, have worked too hard as a profession that one day we might be judged by the quality of our tricks rather the color of our lucky rabbits.

    Fellow Magicians! Five score plus some years ago, a great American, in a Magic Top Hat, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Magicians who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity (mostly in handcuffs, but sometimes stuffed in locked bags and locked in underwater chests.)

    But one hundred years later, the Magician still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Magician is still sadly crippled by the manacles of goddiness and the chains of our own tricks. One hundred years later, the Magician lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Magician is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile upon his own stage. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

    In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a big magic check. When the magicians of our republic wrote the magical words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, Magicians as well as circus freaks, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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