Skip to comments.Gingrich confronted on race, agrees to meet with Sharpton
Posted on 01/21/2012 9:56:52 AM PST by CitizenReporter
GREENVILLE, S.C. Newt Gingrich was confronted by a black man outside Tommy's Country Ham House, who questioned him on his comments on having poor children work as janitors.
The man said what Gingrich was asking for amounted to a "new form of slavery" and would force young African Americans to drop out of school.
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That Black mans mind is so messed up that he will never get it. He just does not understand the message that Newt was trying to convey. He has been on the dimoKKKRAT plantation to long.
Its about time republicans stopped shrinking from the same old tactics.
I don’t know if meeting with Weird Al would be productive. That man is an embarrassment to humanity and so is his leftist/communist employer.
right...because only black people that are poor...who’s the racist???
So, work equals slavery, huh? But when the government feeds you, clothes you, pays for your home, all in return for simple complete loyalty, that’s freedom?
Wow, just wow.
Way back when I was in school I was able to work in the cafeteria in order to earn my lunch and I was very thankful for that. Now they get all the free meals they want, even in the park during the summer time. It is no wonder so many kids don't work. They don't need to.
REENVILLE, S.C. Newt Gingrich was confronted by a black man outside Tommy’s Country Ham House, who questioned him on his comments on having poor children work as janitors.
The man said what Gingrich was asking for amounted to a “new form of slavery” and would force young African Americans to drop out of school.
Gingrich engaged the man, speaking levelly and holding eye contact with him. He said that he suggested the jobs so that “They can get paid they’d go to school, stay in school instead of dropping out.”
The man persisted. “You say you want Afro-Americans to come into your political party but you’ve ratcheted [your rhetoric] up since you got down here,” he said.
“What I’ve said is I’d like every young American of every ethnic background to have a job,” Gingrich responded. “How does that ratchet it up?”
The man then said he’d spoken with Rev. Al Sharpton and asked Gingrich to meet with him, Roland Martin of CNN, Ben Jealous of the NAACP and Juan Williams.
“Sure glad to do it,” Gingrich said. “I’d be willing to do it. I know Al.”
The protester kept pushing for the meeting as Gingrich talked, demanding that he meet with the black community.
Gingrich nodded his head after the man interrupted him, and agreed. “Sure and find a way to have everybody have a chance for a better future,” he said
Selecting Allen West as V.P. would do a lot to shut up Sharpton. Also garner military and some black support.
Gingrich would handle a meeting with Sharpton just fine.
Back during Gingrich’s “exile” years, he used to go out on book tours with big name Dems who were also selling their own books. They would hold “debates” with one another.
Gingrich’s modus operandi was to compliment them on their book, quote from it quite liberally, and use their own book to support his position. He would use their own words to filet their position, and do it with a smile, complimenting them all the while. I’ve never seen anything like it from any other politician. I’ve seen him do it at least a couple of times with different people.
He doesn’t shrink from confrontation, he loves it. He’ll have no problem with Sharpton. He’ll smile and quote Sharpton and compliment him on what a fine man he is while he takes him right down to the mat.
From your posts, I’m guessing you imagine this damages Newt.
So who do you support, and you could think about explaining why you are (for) that person, rather than imitate James Carville.
Another black so addicted to the Democrat Kool Aid he didn’t even listen to what Newt was saying about poor kids and jobs. Sharpton’s worst nightmare is that some of these kids see the light and get out of the welfare state. God forbid they might start voting republican.
Should be good if Sharpton has the guts to face Gingrich. How likely is that? Oh, let me see...
Newt should ask the Rev. Al to release his tax returns.
I would love to see him and Sharpton debate LIVE on Fox or CSPAN (to preclude selective editing). I think Newt’s disemboweling of Sharpton would be entertaining.
Why? Has the "Reverend" ever had a JOB or for that matter has the "Reverend" ever had a CONGREGATION?
Once the jobs are posted, any kid interested can apply. If the black kids dont want the job so be it. I worked as a janitor when I was 12 years old, helping to clean offices after school. Newt should have a better comeback to the racebaiters...if the black kids dont want the jobs, the white kids will do what the black kids wont.
The answer is simple: GET A JOB, and with your self-inflicted lack of skills is holding you back, blame no one but yourself (and the Progressives who keep you on The Plantation).
YOU are responsible for your existence and your income, NOT Taxpayers.
No it wouldn't. To the Left, being Republican means you are not truly black.
I saw him take on Robert Reisch one on one and it was no contest. Newt made him look like a silly sophomore while being respectful the whole time.
When I was in school friends of mine worked as janitors in our school. It didn’t hurt them at all. In fact, I’m sure both they and their subsequent employers benefited from valuable lessons they learned there.
Work is a good thing. When black leaders’ actions signal anything else, they harm those who most need their help.
“Selecting Allen West as V.P. would do a lot to shut up Sharpton. Also garner military and some black support.”
No! It would bring down the Ire of the race baiting groups on Congressman West.”
We must be cognizant of how Liberals roll.
Creating an impression is what Sharpton'll seek to do, the last thing on his mind is an honest debate.
Would prefer Newt select Condi Rice for VP. Although she is a Bush fan..she is highly regarded by most conservatives and would help Newt win the Bush fans over to his campaign.
It could be very productive...of all of the candidates, Newt is the most capable of going into the Lion’s Den, and articulating the case for conservative values.
I suppose if Newt framed it differently.... The jobs would be “apprentice janitor” jobs which would give the kids a leg up when applying for the commie unions $100K janitor jobs after high school graduation.
I think Gingrich was saying work and the work ethic needed to be shown and offered to poor folks, especially in areas where almost everyone is on the government dole.
Work is when you do a service or make something for money at the request of an employer who hires you and you agree to the job and pay.
Slavery is when one is stolen and kept from gaining freedom and doing services however oppressive under the threat of force or harm for the master. Slaves get no pay and are only fed and housed at the master’s pleasure. The slave didn’t agree, was stolen and cannot regain freedom, unless he dies or escapes.
To call a job offer slavery demeans the terrible oppression of past and present slavery (largely in Muslim lands).
“The man said what Gingrich was asking for amounted to a “new form of slavery” and would force young African Americans to drop out of school”
This is wrong on so many levels. First, a lot of us white, middle class folks have told our kids(as young as 11) that they needed to work to afford their “wants” in life such as game systems, phones, etc. And guess what those kids did? They got themselves a job. And one of the house rules for being allowed to work was to keep the grades up. Is this man admitting that poor kids are not as smart as middle class kids?
We can use every black vote we can get--we may not get a lot at any one time but we won't get any at all by stiffing the chance to talk to them.
Gingrich already did a tour of the country with Al Sharpton promoting education reform. It had the members of FR in an uproar and they said they'd never vote for the guy...how quickly people forget.
You really stepped in it this time. You didn’t just do a drive by comment based on a headline - you did a drive by POST based on a headline you thought would hurt Newt.
Problem is, if you read the article, Newt handled it masterfully and did not give an inch on philosophy and kept it calm and level headed from a planted protester who clearly did not want it calm or level headed.
A drive by posting. New low.
Nothing can be gained from getting in the much to wrestle with a pig. NOTHING!
Nah, we need him around. See post 38 for my theory on that....
Caving to stupid crap like this is what keeps Sharpton propped up.
Newt should have kept on walking. This is a no-win situation.
So the “afro-american” stated that if asked to do janitorial jobs at school, black kids would drop out rather than work. I believe him and it’s another indictment of “black culture” in America today.
It is a similar mentality to blacks telling a black kid that’s doing well in school that he’s “acting white.”
The Romneybots are in meltdown mode. They know Mittens is toast tonight and it’s the beginning of the end.
The Rove-Romneybots are already trying to spin that the SC results don’t matter and they’re going to get even nastier and desperate between now and Florida.
I offer, and this is no criticism of the other candidates, but only Newt can answer these issues head on. He can actually speak to minorities better than the president because he’s coming from a conservative value system....
In a fifty-fifty nation, a shift of a single percent settles elections.
Most Repubs shrink from confrontation. Gingrich revels in it. He'll go and he will choose arguments that will go right past their ideological barriers. Thats his gift.
In the next debate, Newt should ask the entire audience to raise their hands if they did janitorial or other manual labor as a teenager: paper route, farm hand, mowed lawns, shovelled snow, etc.
That would end this stupid discussion.
You are right. Now, with that said, will the Newt folks be smart or dumb? Will they get sucked into a Mitt food fight like Bain (which damned near sunk Newt for good) or will they realize what has propelled Newt to the top (attack the liberals in media, in Obama's administration, and in general.)?
If they come out of SC with a win, especially a big win, all they will have to do to win Florida is to keep fire aimed on the liberals. That's what people crave.
There have been no standing o's for any attack by any candidate on another candidate. The standing o's are reserved for attacks on liberals.
And we have a drive by commenter award to Dusty Moment, who clearly decided to chime in after reading only the misleading headline.