The face of GOP outreach to minorities – George “Macaca” Allen

The Virginia Republican party announced plans to hold a unity rally intended to reach out to minority voters.  This sounds like a good idea for a party known to be lacking in variation along the color spectrum.  But there’s a catch.  Guess who’s scheduled to headline the rally?  Just guess…George Allen.  That’s right.  George Allen.

The very same George Allen who was notorious for his repeated use of the n-word and hanging a noose in his office.  The same George Allen who cultivated a relationship with a known segregationist organization, kept a Confederate flag in his home and declared April Confederate History Month while he was Virginia’s governor.  And, yes, the same George Allen who lost a bid for a Senate seat in Virginia after he was caught on video calling an opponent’s campaign staffer macaca, a racial slur.

When I first heard about this, I thought it was a joke.  But this is no joke, people.  And it isn’t funny, either.  It is appalling, sad and outrageous.  If this is seriously the way the Republican party thinks it can attract minority voters, they are in for a rude awakening.  I call it a slap in the face and an insult to every self-respecting Virginia voter.  How stupid are they?  Do they really think they can attract minority voters by showcasing George Allen as the picture of the Republican party?

Shameful.  For a quick introduction to the bigoted exploits of George Allen, watch this video.



September 18, 2008. Election 2008.

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