If you thought that the Republican party couldn’t be anymore clueless, guess again. Two years after former Virginia senator George Allen used a racial slur during his 2006 re-election campaign, he was an invited guest speaker at a GOP minority outreach rally onSaturday. Held at Edison High School in Alexandria, VA, the event featured various ethnic dance troupes and representatives from several minority communities from Virginia. Other speakers included several congressional candidates, Virginia governor James S. Gilmore III, Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez and Joe McCain, the brother of Sen. John McCain.
According to the Washington Post, when Allen took the stage demonstrators Victoria Leavelle and Nancy Hwa interrupted Allen with shouts of “George Allen is a racist! Shame on the Republican Party for having him speak!” When they were forced to leave the rally they continued their protest outside the event.
When speaking about the immigrant experience in America, Allen, the son of the former NFL coach George Allen, made a comparison to growing up in a “football family where you have a level playing field and you didn’t care . . . what their ethnicity was, where they were from, their race. It didn’t matter, as long as they could help that team win. And all of you all here are part of Team Virginia or Team America.”
Who knew that the minority experience could be so easily explained by a football metaphor. Thanks George.
To see the infamous George Allen video from August 11, 2006, go here.
hot on elephant
The story behind the Elephant-headed God. 344 shares Visual Yoga Blog: Refresh your Eyes the Yoga Way. 160 shares Boomers vs. Millennials: Will We stay the Course or Change It? 364 shares Instead of Sabotaging another Relationship, here’s how to Run into your Fear. 956 shares Join: Elephant’s Winter 2017 Academy. 2 shares The Benching Mind-F*ck: Worse than Ghosting. 1,391 share The Fourth Kind of Love. 0 shares 5 Ways to Kiss & Make Up for your Mercury Retrograde Mishaps. 499 shares “I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers.” 1,249 share What Teens need from their Parents. (Hint: It’s not Grounding & Punishment.) 0 shares