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Rick Santorum continues his racist themes

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Rick Santorum: Using racism to court votes (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is resurrecting an old, racist theme on the campaign trail, trying to link food stamps with minorities and suggesting only black people receive welfare benefits in America.

On Saturday, Santorum said:

Talk to minority communities, not about giving them food stamps and government dependency but about creating jobs so that they can participate in the rise of this country.

Sound familiar? It should. Santorum used the same theme in January but instead of saying “minorities,” he referred to “black people,” then backtracked and said he was “misheard.”

“Santorum knows racially-tinged remarks play well with some parts of the Republican base,” a top GOP strategist admitted to Capitol Hill Blue on Saturday. “It’s unfortunate but true.”

Santorum, like former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, frequently refers to minorities as part of a “welfare state” and often suggests that non-whites are the only ones who benefit from social services and food stamps.

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20 thoughts on “Rick Santorum continues his racist themes”

  1. Of course these are percentages within the sub-groups, by actual numbers I assume there are many more whites below poverty. Here’s a statistic about children that gives a better idea of the actual numbers:

    \ And this is America! For shame!

    Children represent a disproportionate share of the poor in the United States; they are 24 percent of the total population, but 36 percent of the poor population. In 2010, 16.4 million children, or 22.0 percent, were poor. The poverty rate for children also varies substantially by race and Hispanic origin, as shown in the table below[4].

    Children Under 18 Living in Poverty, 2010


    Number and Percent

    All children under 18

    16, 401,000

    22.0 %

    White only, non-Hispanic


    12.4 %



    38.2 %



    35.0 %



    13.6 %

    SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010, Report P60, n. 238, Table B-2, pp. 68-73.

  2. Some cast these statistics as an indictment of blacks and Hispanics, others see them as a call to action:

    Poverty rates, 2009-2010

    White 14%

    Black 36%

    Hispanic 35%

    Other 23%

      • Unfortunately our having the actual FACTS on our side seems irrelevant to the “of course I’m not a racist” racists that people like Santorum pander to. It would be funny if it was also so tragic that so many white Americans who are below or barely above the poverty lines will file to the polls like lemmings and vote against their own economic interest.

        I suppose it would be noble if they did this because of a sincere pro-life belief, kind of like donating their food or fuel money to the Pro-Life Action League or other anti-abortion organizations. “I’d rather freeze or starve than see one unborn baby murdered.”

        But they actually accept the idea that Republicans will both save fetal people and fix the economy with some kind of miraculous trickle down economics. Or perhaps they believe that the entire population is being punished for the election of a Godless not real Christian president.

        Elect Santorum and God will fix everything? I wonder if Santorum actually believes this. Really?

    • So when Obama or some other loving liberal says virtually the same thing it’s a call to action, and when Santorum or another Republican says it, it’s an accusation of racism? Such is the state of our sorry political system and the overall ignorance of reality.

      What would be the proper call to action? More welfare? Or jobs? Who is right for saying the same thing? Obama or Santorum?

    • Hal, I’m with you on this and have always blamed poor academics as the reason for poverty. I remember when the Los Angeles Board of Education promoted busing the minority kids into the mostly white sections of L.A. County. The grades did not go up and the kids hated losing their sports programs. The President of the Board of Education put her boys in our Private School in Van Nuys and realized that many of us had already used the bus system in this part of the valley for our choice of a better school.

      Many parents realized that Junior High School is often where the kids fail or learn to survive. Our tiny Christian school where my kids got their basic academics no longer served the purpose for my girls and I bused them clear across the valley to a college prep. Thousands of parents wanted their kids to be transferred but the kids did not have the academic background. Why the parents didn’t keep their standards higher was the puzzle. The problems were not the buses but the lack of interest in the parents. We used public transportation and many parents wanted their own buses.

      When my kids made it into Berkeley, they found a large group of minority students from all over the USA. Many from the L.A. County system used a junior college to catch up. I knew this and kept my girls in the best schools even when it meant public transportation and high tuition.

      I demanded an integrated school for my kids, but to get it we had to send them to private schools where the kids of all colors were chosen for their academic interests. Junior High school years can be a learning experience or a trip to hell for many children. Religion has never been a plus when it comes to building an alert open mind in our kids.

      I think of Santorum in the White House, and I can see nothing less than a disaster for our next generations. America should be aware of this imbalance in the GOP.

  3. Santorum’s bigoted statements suggest that African Americans are making their lives better by using someone else’s money. His slanting statements create images of African Americans taking advantage of working White Americans which in my view is most certainly a form of bigotry. The true fact is White Americans represent the majority of welfare and Medicaid recipients in the US. African Americans represent only 12% of the total population and to imply that all are receiving welfare and Medicaid assistance is pure bigotry. I think most can see that his only purpose is to create an unfavorable image of African Americans, or as he is attempting to imply they are serving as an enemy of white working Americans.

  4. “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state are absolute,” he told ‘This Week’ host George Stephanopoulos today 02/26/2012.

    The man is out of his mind!

    • One did…

      “A lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one’s family, contributed to the erosion of black families – a problem that welfare policies for many years may have worsened.” – Barack Obama, 2011

  5. “A lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one’s family, contributed to the erosion of black families – a problem that welfare policies for many years may have worsened.” – Barack Obama, 2011

    What’s the difference? Oh, that’s right – He’s black and a Democrat.

  6. Griff, as a Senator, Santorum knows that not only do minorities receive and live on food stamps but many of our Service Members (Black, Brown, Mixed, White, Yellow) need food stamps and other assistance to make ends meet. So keeping this small fact in mind, his knowing that people of other races use food stamps and assistance, his above comments can only be seen as coming from a particular type of person – a bigot, a raciest, a misogynist, a radical right wing Christian intent on imposing his ideals of what is right on all peoples. A lot like a few other people in history.

    • I’m sorry, but I just don’t get the connection. But maybe I just don’t play into stereotypes and collectivist thought, such as all Republicans are racists and what not.

      Of course there are so many Americans now that need assistance. Is this a product of racism, or is it a product of government policy?

      When Obama spoke of such things, it was portrayed as being uplifting and Hopeful. When a Republican does it, it’s racist. Double standard hypocrisy. But then again, this is American politics, circa 1012. Was he not pandering to the same group, for the same reason? Votes? The White House?

      Are blacks better off for having voted for Him? Is any one? Were the millions of first-time black voters in the last election motivated to do so because of His policy positions? Would they have registered and campaigned so fervently for Hillary Clinton should she have gotten the nomination? Is it less racist to vote on that basis? Ask Samuel L. Jackson.

      What ideals is he imposing in that particular statement? That having a job is better than welfare? Oh no! We can’t have that! Is that not better for all Americans, but in particular those that have been downtrodden for so long?

      Of course, I don’t see where Santorum is in any way going to change any thing, but in this particular instance I don’t see this statement as being any different than any other politician’s statement on the subject, including Obama.

      The Democrats portray themselves as being champions of the poor and minorities while really doing nothing to change any thing except provide more of the same to keep the votes coming in.

      And all we do is go further into debt to pay for it all.

      So whether I like Santorum or not, whether I question his motivation or his sincerity, his ability or his other policy positions, if it rolled off the tongue of a Democrat it would either go unnoticed entirely by the media or be hailed far and wide by “liberals” as being sensitive to the needs of minorities.

      Total partisan hypocrisy.

  7. I don’t like Santorum one bit, but I really don’t see any thing overtly racist in this remark. God forbid any one simply tell the truth in this politically correct, over-sensitive society we live in.

    It happens to be the sad truth that minority communities are among the poorest in this country, so therefore are in the most need of assistance. Assistance, mind you, that Democrats are never at a loss to exploit for votes.

    Wasn’t Bill Clinton widely praised for his welfare to work program? Was he considered racist in suggesting minorities would be better served contributing to society as opposed to being on the government dole?

    Is there now some thing wrong with suggesting minorities, not to mention taxpayers who foot the bill for the so-called “welfare state,” would be better served with jobs and upward mobility, a chance to determine their own future as opposed to wallowing in misery?

    So much for giving minorities a little Hope, huh? It’s much better to promise them more despair as we print more money and devalue the sparse dollars they already receive.

    Bought groceries lately? Heating oil?

    The poor are hit hardest by inflationary policy, and the more people we have on government assistance the more money will have to print in order to accomodate them, and the less purchasing power they will have.

    It’s a self-perpetuating problem, and it’s spiraling out of control. And while politicians on both sides of the aisle promise the moon and the stars, only one has a true grasp of the real problem and offers a real long-term solution.

    But of course, he’s a racist too.

    When will America wake up? Sadly, I think never.

    Their only goal is Power. And the more people they convince need their omnipotent guidance, the more Power they will hold over you.

    The Federal Reserve must be abolished and sound monetary policy must be pursued. Without that, every thing else is irrelevant.

    • Griff:

      The problem is in the way it’s worded. Starting with “Talk to minority communities…” without a qualifier carries the implication, real or unintentional, that minority communities are all alike and thus all getting government handouts.

      (And no, I don’t like the Obama quote you cited any better.)

  8. Santorum has planted the fear of God all over America. He has defined the Conservative movement as a force for white Christian straight men. The problem is how the voter will take this to the ballot boxes.

    He is a strong Roman Catholic and see others as needing his training so we can all agree on the American end game. Minorities are excluded from his campaigning.

    I worry more about how the voters treat his message.

    My world is to include all Americans into a movement where individuality is promoted increasing the activities of all of us regardless of our color or lack of God or our level of academics.

    Even here at Reader Rant, the folks believe we live only for the betterment of others, never for the promotion of our own ideals. We are fodder for any leadership that sounds like this.

    The way to fix America is for a redistribution of wealth instead of a movement of individuality. It broke my spirit until I logged off.

    Most arguments here as well as the news readers on television use old television shows far more often than the philosophers of the past to solve our arguments. It offends me as I did not have a TV during those years when most were addicted to dialog followed by a laugh track.

    Santorum is indeed a racist but God speaks to him and his followers fall on their knees.

  9. Santorum, the ex-senator of my state of PA. His statement calling the President a “snob” because Obama would like to see all our kids get a college education, that and the bigotry he so often shows when ever he opens his mouth makes it very clear what a loser he really is. He fits in the GOP footprint perfectly. The man is an embarrassment!

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