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Rick Santorum not a racist ok…

January 8, 2012 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) Just days after surging out of underfunded campaign obscurity to a photo finish with presumed GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses, former two-term U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania got himself in hot water for telling a Sioux City, Iowa campaign crowd that “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn money.”

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous denounced the comments as “outrageous,” and even Fox News host Bill O’Reilly had to remind Santorum that his comments were specious when you consider that “most of the people, as you know, on welfare are white people.” Then Santorum made the whole thing worse by denying that he’d even said “black” and insisting instead that what he’d actually said was “blah.”

Blah, indeed.

In this weekend’s Saturday-and-Sunday New Hampshire primary-debate double-header, if he doesn’t take the opportunity to — in Senate-speak — revise and extend his thoughts on blacks and welfare, he’ll just wind up being the latest in a long line of GOP politicians who not only can’t connect with the black vote, but can’t even make a convincing case that they’ve tried. Santorum tried — and awkwardly failed — to articulate a position that you hear all the time from black conservatives: that government assistance hurts African Americans over the long term. The problem for Santorum is that it doesn’t sound as if he truly understands that message.

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  2. danR says:

    I don’t believe Santorum said or meant either ‘black’ or ‘blah’. I heard the entire context in the extended CNN clip, in which he said ‘Medicaid’ just previous, which program includes what a ‘handout’-hater like Santorum would conclude as pointless: giving money to BLIND people. The opening cluster ‘bl-‘ and nucleus vowel ‘a’ is the same for both words in a drawled mispronunciation, and yes, he muffed the pronunciation. Nobody can deny whatever he said, the last part came out thoroughly muffled.

    But the context better suits money to the disabled than to a disadvantaged racial segment.

    Had he meant, phonetically transcribed, [blak], it’s unlikely the [-k] would have been lost, but quite likely an ending with weaker acoustic energy like [-nd] in [blaind] would, and the nucleus vowel would be closer to the opening diphthong’s vowel [a] in [blaind], than the monophthong [æ] in the common pronunciation [blæk], ‘black’.

    I would ask CNN, a major player in this controversy, to pony up the few dollars and get an judicially qualified expert witness to sit down with the full clip and give an impartial analysis.

    Like any politician, he probably forgets most of what he says and cannot defend himself adequately about what he said or meant, but as far as he gave it, I call his denial plausible. I think he is a truthful man. I think people should re-think what it was that Santorum actually said, and not rush to judgement.

    For the record, I’m not an American, and would vote for Obama if I was.

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