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Pat Robertson is an evangelical preacher best known as the host of "The 700 Club." In 1988, he was one of the large group running for the Republican presidential nomination. He's a political conservative, associated in the public mind with the Republican party, and generally a marginal figure. The vast majority of Republicans do not consider Pat Robertson to speak for them.
Julian Bond is a former Democratic representative in Georgia and a long-time civil rights activist. He has been, for the past seven years, the chairman of the NAACP, the largest civil rights organization in the country, an organization that is overwhelmingly supportive of Democrats, an organization which virtually all Democratic public officials treat with great respect at all times.
When Pat Robertson advocated assassinating Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, that warranted an AP story. When Robertson commented on Ariel Sharon's stroke being a punishment for the Israeli peace process, it warranted another. When Robertson opens his mouth and makes stupid and/or offensive comments, the media reports it, and Republicans have to stand up and defend Robertson or distance themselves from him. There's generally a drumbeat in the media to force him to apologize.
But when the chairman of the NAACP, Julian Bond, stands in front of a universiry audience and equates the Republican Party to Nazis, calls the current and former Secretarys of State "tokens" and compares the President's judicial nominees to the Taliban, the AP doesn't deem that newsworthy. No one asks any Democratic officials about the comments. No has to stand up and defend Bond, no one has to distance themselves from him. No apologies are forthcoming, and none are requested/demanded.
Originally posted by Saphronia
When black republicans are treated as tokens/tools used only to divide the black vote who then becomes the bigger racist? There is no bigger racist they are all racist. But, those that think black folk will vote for a black face just because its a black face want to point fingers ???
Must we go back to the Obama/Keyes issue. The republicans had to go all the way to Maryland to dig a black face out of their bag, and why? So they can turn around and say Democrats are racist--when they went as far as calling Obama a different kind of black american.
Both sides are guilty so what is the point of bringing up these issues? Does it make liberals look worse than republicans--or republicans than liberals--they are two sides of the same coin playing by the same rules.