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Viewpoints: Racist cartoon of Obama forces me to leave GOP
SacBee.com ^ | 6/12/2011

Posted on 06/16/2011 3:25:08 PM PDT by Altura Ct.

I was one of those rare species: a black Republican, the guy willing to spit into the wind of conventional thought, who was often showcased on camera at party events to prove inclusiveness.

But as a proud black man, I can no longer be a member of the Republican Party.

Being a Republican has long been a part of my personal and professional identities, so leaving the party is a difficult and emotional decision.

In 1998, as a young man searching for what I believed were shared values, I cut ties with the Democratic Party and became a Republican. Democrats, in my view, had become unwelcoming to those holding center-right views not in lockstep with the party, and it was my belief that through hard work, the Republican Party could be utilized as a vehicle for improving our community.

For the next 13 years, I dedicated myself to growing the conservative base of the Republican Party, and in the process bound myself in emotion and deed.

...Ken Barnes is a small-business owner in Sacramento and a member of the executive committee of the California State Conference of the NAACP.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: getoverit; growup; icallbullshit; liberalpropaganda; pullsbarackcard; race; racecards; republican4only13yrs; seeya; thosepeople
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1 posted on 06/16/2011 3:25:15 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

which cartoon? the one that the Democrat Artist created?


2 posted on 06/16/2011 3:27:33 PM PDT by dila813
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To: Altura Ct.
I can no longer be a member of the Republican Party

Democrat, Republican..... all part of the establishment.

We need another course.

3 posted on 06/16/2011 3:28:16 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (I'm called a 'teabagger'? Well, get over here liberal and I'll show you what that means.)
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To: Altura Ct.
And so it starts. The race card will be played over and over again. The GOP will be branded racists and bigots. 2012 will one of the most divisive campaigns in our history. Obama is desperate.
4 posted on 06/16/2011 3:28:31 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Altura Ct.

but any cartoon that insults white Republicans is A-OK, right?


5 posted on 06/16/2011 3:28:46 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: dila813

“which cartoon? the one that the Democrat Artist created?”

That’s just what I was thinking.

That was easy, wasn’t it? Guess they’ll be making more of those.


6 posted on 06/16/2011 3:29:17 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Altura Ct.

Hey, Dude...how much bitching did you do about all the Democrat depictions of George Bush as an ape?


7 posted on 06/16/2011 3:29:30 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Altura Ct.
I guess I am fool to believe he voted for zer0.
8 posted on 06/16/2011 3:29:32 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Altura Ct.
um... OK I believe all this... uh huh.,..

If you were a true republican you would know that IF there was a racist cartoon, it was the reflection of the Author’s racism and not the entire GOP

So... I call BS

9 posted on 06/16/2011 3:29:56 PM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: Altura Ct.

A member of the NAACP whining about ‘racism’. Imagine that. What next the black caucus crying about the evil white man too?


10 posted on 06/16/2011 3:29:59 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

This guy is not a conservative.


11 posted on 06/16/2011 3:30:15 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: kabar

The only people who care about that anymore are numb-nuts who would vote Democrat anyway, no matter what.


12 posted on 06/16/2011 3:30:44 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Altura Ct.

13 posted on 06/16/2011 3:30:51 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: Altura Ct.

Does he have any problem with Al Sharpton, Jesse or Louis?

Guy is obviously confused, but then he’s in Kalifornia.


14 posted on 06/16/2011 3:30:55 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Altura Ct.

This smells a lot like a “seminar caller” letter, though I suppose I could be mistaken. Whatever. I suggest the writer play a few of Jeremiah Wright’s DVDs.


15 posted on 06/16/2011 3:31:17 PM PDT by Mobties (Reduce the government footprint! Let the markets work!)
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16 posted on 06/16/2011 3:31:33 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: Altura Ct.
Here is a man who excelled academically at the finest schools in the world...

Prove it. This is B.S., just like the rest of the letter. This guy is a phony.

Now, can someone post the picture of Johnny Ringo saying "Uh, bye"?

17 posted on 06/16/2011 3:31:44 PM PDT by PalmettoMason (Blacks are not inferior, but it is racist to hold them to the same standards as everyone else.)
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18 posted on 06/16/2011 3:31:50 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: Altura Ct.

Has he ever noticed how those like Clarence Thomas are treated by democrats?


19 posted on 06/16/2011 3:31:58 PM PDT by MNDude (so that's what they meant by Carter's second term)
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To: kabar
This is the one instance where anyone ever depicted Obama as a Chimp. However, this guy really has it wrong. Did he forget that it was the Democrats who spent 9 years teaching us that the correct way to portray the President was as a Chimp.

It was impossible to miss that.

20 posted on 06/16/2011 3:32:27 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Altura Ct.

To Hell with the Republican Party. I’m a conservative.


21 posted on 06/16/2011 3:32:29 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: Altura Ct.

Good *bleeping* riddance dude. Never heard of you and never care to again. BTW, I don’t believe you for a minute that you are a Republican or conservative.


22 posted on 06/16/2011 3:32:32 PM PDT by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: Altura Ct.

Balderdash


23 posted on 06/16/2011 3:32:34 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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To: Altura Ct.

Ironic he works for the NAACP, an organization that thrives on keeping the blacks suppressed while touting social justice BS and claiming they are freeing them....=.=


24 posted on 06/16/2011 3:32:50 PM PDT by cranked
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To: Altura Ct.
Was he upset about the cartoons that insulted Condeleeza Rice and Clarence Thomas?

Actually I have no idea what cartoon the author's talking about now (no - I didn't click to the Sac Bee), but I doubt it could in any way have resemble the insults these 'cartoonists' have thrown against Republicans.

25 posted on 06/16/2011 3:32:57 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: The Iceman Cometh
Democrat, Republican..... all part of the establishment.


Two things:

1. How could a cartoon of unknown origin drive him out of the party?

2. What difference does it make anyway. I am sure there are thousands of so called, Republicans, who vote Dem every time. Many Pub Congressmen cannot be categorized any other way than to say they are openly Liberal Dems. They are all on the same side IMO. And that side is against the American people.

26 posted on 06/16/2011 3:33:50 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Altura Ct.

Baloney! Phony conservative, phony outrage.


27 posted on 06/16/2011 3:33:57 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Altura Ct.
The latest incident in a string of tawdry, race-based actions was the promotion of a racist cartoon by elected Orange County Republican Party Central Committee member Marilyn Davenport.

Quitting the entire Republican Party because one individual promoted a racist cartoon is like quitting the entire Democrat Party because Anthony Wiener e-mailed a photo of his (bleep).


28 posted on 06/16/2011 3:34:15 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Altura Ct.

I don’t believe this for a New York minute. NAACP member and a conservative black? Stick this article where it don’t shine.


29 posted on 06/16/2011 3:34:31 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Altura Ct.
Racist cartoon of Obama forces me to leave GOP

So white people (and Christianity) are fair game, but don't ever dare think of doing a cartoon about Mohammed or black people? Shaking my head and rolling my eyes.

30 posted on 06/16/2011 3:35:17 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: Altura Ct.

I didn’t like sissies as a kid. I still don’t!


31 posted on 06/16/2011 3:35:19 PM PDT by old school
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To: Altura Ct.

a member of the executive committee of the California State Conference of the NAACP.

And he calls himself a republican?


32 posted on 06/16/2011 3:35:37 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Altura Ct.

If your looking for racism and look long enough you will see it. Even in a drunken state.

I can’t see what is racist about the picture but hey, if you wanna get your Race Card International do it.

Thought they went out of business a couple of years ago but maybe you need a new schtick and have decided we are all against you or Barry for your skin tone, color, whatever.

We never think of it until you bring it up and here you have taken one picture that you have decided to brand as racist and your world view now implicates all others who are in the Tea Party, Beach Party or Costume Party.

You’re just looking for whatever validates your existence since what you were doing hasn’t amounted to anything. (Is that racist? /s)

Frankly, you are probably lying about this whole thing and have been a Democrat all along and you needed make up a story to brace yourself against Barry’s failures.

Why you hold on to this man as some hero or messianic creature is beyond me.

Your guy has an IQ lower than a grave diggers boots and he has just given an interview to Anne Curry stating how “uninvested” he and his family are to him being president.

A confident man wouldn’t utter those words and anyone who could call up Air Force 1 and take a trip would want to be in that position as long as they could.

But, not Barry. He has all but announced his desire to do something else and his family will be okay with that.

So buh, bye to you if were in the Republican party.


33 posted on 06/16/2011 3:36:20 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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34 posted on 06/16/2011 3:36:39 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: dila813
From the article:
Over the past two years, we have seen Republicans use long-held racist imagery in portrayals of Obama. The president has been depicted as a communist witch doctor, a man inclined to plant watermelons on the White House lawn, and we watched in disbelief as his face was placed on an "Obama Buck Food Stamp" along with stereotyped pictures of fried chicken, barbecue ribs, Kool-Aid and the obligatory watermelon.

What does any of this have to do with public policy or conservative values? Here is a man who excelled academically at the finest schools in the world, has a wonderful in-tact family, worked hard and rose to become president of the United States. Yet in spite of his accomplishments, the president is still labeled an illegitimate, socialist, African witch doctor and has his face superimposed on a chimpanzee.
Where to begin?

Assuming that such cartoons even appeared, how representative OF Republicanism are they? Are they common and popular in the party ... or ... (wait for it ...) are they immediately condemned -- and they result in the effective ostacization of the offending cartoon-creator?

Obama excelled in school? Let's see a transcript. The closest thing I've seen to evidence on that score is his Magna designation on his Harvard Law degree. (Now, bear in mind, it's not hard to be lazy and get As in many classes, if not all, even at HLS -- something I'm personally acquainted with.)

35 posted on 06/16/2011 3:36:59 PM PDT by pogo101
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Ken Barnes - Eric Hogue Interview on KTKZ The Capitol Hour - Leaving the Republican Party - June 13, 2011(Picture at link)
36 posted on 06/16/2011 3:37:38 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Altura Ct.

I was a hot Swedish waitress until a cartoon made me become a chubby old dude.


37 posted on 06/16/2011 3:38:23 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Altura Ct.

The “Race Card” is so universal that anyone with low enough IQ, looking to blame someone else for their lot in life or to shut down any discussion with which they disagree, can play it any time for any reason.

If you cannot support your position, play the card.
If you did not get the job, play the card.
If someone disagrees with you, play the card.
If you want to put your political enemy in a bad light, play the card (remember the e-mail “Journalist” which outed this strategy?)
If a cop catches you doing anything illegal, play the card.
If you did not get the service you wanted in a restaurant, play the card.
If your child gets in trouble in school, play the card.

See, it is so universal and so easy to play and you never run out. Must be nice to play the card for every failure in your life.


38 posted on 06/16/2011 3:38:42 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: Altura Ct.
I've seen the cartoon. The woman that sent it out was a moron because of the way blacks have been portrayed as monkeys in the past. You can pick nits that Obama is half black or whatever and while people that know the woman say she is not racist it was still a stupid thing to do.

Personally, I don't care what this guy does. He leaves the Republican Party? Big deal. I don't care what color he is or what color Obama is. If that is important to someone that is their problem. Seems silly to me.

39 posted on 06/16/2011 3:40:08 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Are there an SacBee archived stories he wrote when he was an active conservative black, explaining why he is/was conservative and working to expand the conservative base? Or is he just useful when claiming racism in the GOP/conservative movement?


40 posted on 06/16/2011 3:40:50 PM PDT by EDINVA ( CHANGE it back!)
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To: Scanian; Altura Ct.
Hey, Dude...how much bitching did you do about all the Democrat depictions of George Bush as an ape?

Forget that, what about the racist cartoons featuring Condi Rice? The liberal knucklehead who produced those should have been burnt at the stake.

41 posted on 06/16/2011 3:41:38 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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Now about those Bush/Hitler cartoons ....


42 posted on 06/16/2011 3:42:04 PM PDT by SkyDancer (You can't spend your way into prosperity or borrow your way out of debt.)
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I think he means this one.
43 posted on 06/16/2011 3:42:20 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: dila813

So what is he going to do when he sees signs from the left that are much, much worse?

Leave the Dems to come back over to the Right or find a way to dismiss it.

We don’t need him.

Bye, bye


44 posted on 06/16/2011 3:43:25 PM PDT by Jayster
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45 posted on 06/16/2011 3:43:29 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: Altura Ct.
RINO at best and more likely a progressive trying to create a crisis. Good riddance to you!
46 posted on 06/16/2011 3:43:53 PM PDT by 95B30 ( The Professional Left: "Their morals are crooked, their take logic is flawed, their honor is stolen)
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To: dead

Me too. Caused my hair to fall out too.


47 posted on 06/16/2011 3:44:19 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Altura Ct.

“....... a member of the executive committee of the California State Conference of the NAACP.”

LOL


48 posted on 06/16/2011 3:44:42 PM PDT by Gator113 ("GAME ON." I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: MNDude
"Has he ever noticed how those like Clarence Thomas are treated by democrats"


49 posted on 06/16/2011 3:44:53 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Being a Republican is rejecting human parasitism. This person was looking for a reason to justify latching on to sugar mama’s teat. The fact is, in a room full of Democrats, I would be the only one who didn’t give a rat’s dingleberries what color anyone’s skin happened to be. And I’d be branded a racist for that. The irony makes me want to strangle people.


50 posted on 06/16/2011 3:45:17 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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