Former President says Newt Gingrich “appeals” to racist groups

From The Orlando Liberal Examiner:  http://www.examiner.com/liberal-in-orlando/former-president-says-newt-gingrich-appeals-to-racist-groups


Orlando Liberal Examiner January 19, 2012

If you have been paying attention to any of the Republican debates you will notice a recurring theme, race. Whether it’s subtle or not so subtle comments, every Republican candidate has had an obsession with the African-American community as well as other minorities. One of the biggest statements that has brought attention to the Republican field is former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich’s comments about young children and janitorial work. Newt Gingrich claims that children around the age of 10, in low-income areas should be given the job of janitors while firing the current adults who hold the position. While Newt Gingrich claims that janitors in New York make an “obscene” amount of money, acrroding to simplyhired.com the average salary of a janitor is around $22,000 a year. Head janitors, those who run the school and are in charge of all the people below them, can crack the $100,000 a year markwith massive overtime and years put in at the job.

By what Newt Gingrich has said, he wants to roll back child labor laws, putting dangerous chemicals and heavy equipment in the hands of young children, all at the same time firing hardworking adults who have a family to feed and bills to pay. Newt Gingrich, along with many other Republicans, direct these comments towards low-income families and minorities, in particular the African-American community. Newt Gingrich has even stated that food stamps are an African-American problem, despite more white Americans receiving them. Republicans will always cry “reverse racism” and blame the “liberal left,” but the truth is easy to see.
Former President Jimmy Carter is one who has noticed what has gone on and hasn’t been shy about making a comment towards the Republican party and Newt Gingrich.
President Carter: “I wouldn’t say he is racist, but he knows the subtle words to use to appeal to a racist group….When you emphasize, over and over, welfare, food stamps, and ‘why don’t the black people get jobs,’ and if I’m president, I’ll make sure they turn toward a work ethic, rather than an ethic of welfare and food stamps, that’s appealing to the wrong element in South Carolina.”
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