“Fox News: Not Racist, but #1 with Racists.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 13, 2012
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I don’t believe Romney or Ryan are racist. But some of their supporters certainly are—the only truly unusual thing about this photo is the gentleman’s openness about his racism.

And while Romney and Ryan are not racist, racism is at its root about prejudice. And their policies are certainly classist, and homophobic.

Prejudice in any guise should be left behind like a snake’s old skin. It’s 2012. Our leaders must continually remind us, and their own supporters:

Equality is an American value; Equality is Patriotism.

Guy should be asked to leave the campaign event. {For context, source}

Prejudice persists. It’s up to our leaders to do everything in their power to discourage the notion that anyone is less than anyone else, fundamentally.

Via Reddit:

Mitt is 65 years old.

That means that he was thirty or so in 1978.

1978 is when God finally decided to inform the Mormons’ then current Prophet/President that black men could hold the Mormon priesthood.

That means that for ten years after Martin Luther King’s assassination, for fourteen years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, an adult Mitt Romney never spoke up publicly against his religion’s discrimination against blacks.

Mitt was an adult, a graduate of Brigham Young University, with an MBA and a law degree from Harvard University.

And yet he never spoke up about his church’s policy of discrimination.

As the great Conservative Edmund Burke said (more or less):

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. 


Sadly, this flavor of ignorance isn’t limited to rednecks. I’m from the northeast and have heard plenty of middle-class bankers, teachers, police officers, etc. express similar (and often worse) sentiments behind closed doors.


Midwest here. I work at a senior center that’s located in a pretty upper-class neighborhood, and racism is definitely still present.

I heard one old guy trying to explain to another guy that Obama wasn’t fit to be president because “blacks are naturally poor leaders. They are better at physical labor and menial tasks. That’s why you see so many blacks working at McDonalds and Supermarkets. They are just better at those things. Once they get into a leadership position they just don’t know what to do.”

Another time I went to one of the members houses (he was in his 90’s and could barely walk) to mow his grass. I was making small talk with him and I mentioned how the neighborhood seemed really nice. He goes, “Sure it is. Lived here for 55 years and have never regretted moving here for a second. Of course, now the blacks are starting to move in, but hopefully I’ll die before the neighborhood goes to shit.”

I have never struggled harder to keep a straight face.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to ““Fox News: Not Racist, but #1 with Racists.””

  1. Gabriela says:

    Question: why would you struggle to keep a straight face? Why would you not address that comment? After all, all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Gabriela…that's a comment via Reddit, my speedy friend.

  3. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Is it supposed to be surprising that white racists would vote for the white guy?

    Anyway, if racist policy is the deciding factor, there is without question only one choice.

    Far and away, the most destructive and racist policy – to both those jailed and for the neighborhoods they come from – is the incarceration of millions of minority men for victimless crimes. Obama and Romney both support that policy without the slightest whisper of protest. Only Gary Johnson, on the ballot in 50 states, is against it. Not lukewarm against it. Absolutely and vocally against it. Because the libertarian party is, always and consistently, for freedom.

    Most liberal anti-racists though, who get super passionate about much lesser issues, don't really care one way or the other about this one. In fact, they hardly ever even think about it. I'm curious about the reasons. Any ideas?

  4. Gabriela says:

    Oh, ok, I see. Actually I don't even know what reddit is (just googled it now), so that's one new thing I learned today :).
    In any case, the question still remains, regardless who it is addressed to. It reminds me of that tv show "What would you do?" where people's reactions to various social situations are tested. We do know what the right thing to do is, but when we're faced with an actual, real situation, that's when we prove ourselves.

  5. Bob says:

    "I don’t believe X or Y are racist. But some of their supporters certainly are"

    Tell me, who doesn't that statement apply to?

    If the Black Panthers or the Nation of Islam support the President, what does that say?

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