Friday night a flowchart “demonstrating” how to tell if someone is a racist was posted on the Facebook page of the Iowa Republican party. Someone apparently thought that it was a way to reach out to minority voters as the Republican National Committee had promised the party would do after Mitt Romney’s dismal showing among minorities in the 2012 election.
Of course some party stalwarts found it amusing, at least one added another tasteless joke to the thread about an Obama stamp that would not stick to white envelopes.
The chart was very simple, with a series of questions beginning with “are they white.” If the answer is “no” then they are not racist, if it is “yes” you must go to the next question, “do you like them?” A yes answer here means that they are not racist, and a yes meaning that they are racist.
The person who posted it did so with this comment:
“Because it’s Friday night and we don’t need serious political posts on Friday night we are sharing this. Happy Friday and LIKE and SHARE! Unless you think the chart is racist, then don’t.”
When the party chairman, A.J. Spiker, was contacted about the post it was quickly taken down, having been up for about an hour, from approximately 8:00 p.m. to 8:50. Unfortunately it was not removed before the Daily Beast had taken a screenshot of it.
Spiker posted an apology saying, “Earlier tonight, a contractor of the Iowa GOP made a post referencing a discussion on race that the GOP believes was in bad taste and inappropriate. We apologize to those whom were offended, have removed the post and are ensuring it does not happen again.”
Over and over the “big tent party” has made this sort of gaffe as they continue to insist that they are reaching out to minorities and women. Do they really believe that anyone other than their own inside circle believes that they have any intention of becoming inclusive?