GOP strategist Danny Diaz told ABC News Senior Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny today that Republicans learned their lesson last year.
“The comment was insulting, and I think people see that and they’re rightfully offended by it,” Diaz said. “What’s happened in the past in our political discourse is Republicans haven’t been as quick as they need to be to denounce comments such as these. It’s left a really bad impression on people.”
But here is what is still missing even now: GOP Hispanic Republican comment, especially from the Tea Party wing of the GOP.
Sen. Marco Rubio’s office told ABC News that the Cuban immigrant from Florida, who some see as the Republicans’ best hope of repairing Latino disfavor with the party, is observing the Good Friday holiday and will not comment today. The staffer referred ABC News to party leadership statements from Boehner.
But Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Raul Labrador from Idaho did not answer repeated emails or phone calls on the issue.
FEBRUARY 15—After demanding that the mother of a crying toddler “shut that nigger baby up,” a male passenger allegedly slapped the 19-month-old across the face as a flight prepared to land in Atlanta last Friday evening, The Smoking Gun has learned.
The shocking February 8 incident aboard Delta Airlines Flight 721 resulted in Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, being charged with simple assault, according to a U.S. District Court affidavit. Hundley, seen at right, is president of an aircraft parts manufacturer headquartered in Hayden, Idaho.
In an interview, Hundley denied striking the toddler or using a racial slur, though he did acknowledge that he “asked the mother to quiet the child.” Hundley, who said he was traveling to Atlanta to visit a hospitalized relative, described himself as “distraught” on the flight, during which he said he consumed a single alcoholic drink.
As detailed by FBI Agent Daron Cheney, Hundley was traveling to Atlanta from Minneapolis in seat 28A on the MD-90 twin-engine jet. He was seated next to Jessica Bennett, who shared seat 28B with her son Jonah.
Bennett, 33, told investigators that the “aircraft was in final descent” to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when her child “started to cry due to the altitude change.” Bennett added that she “was trying to get [her son] to stop crying, but he continued.”
At this point, Bennett recalled, Hundley used the racial epithet as he told her to shut the child up. He then allegedly “turned around and slapped” the toddler in the face “with an open hand, which caused the juvenile victim to scream even louder.” The slap, Bennett said, “caused a scratch below [the child’s] right eye.”
The woman who used a racial slur to describe President Obama on Facebook said she was surprised that she was fired from her job at Cold Stone Creamery and said she doesn’t understand all the attention the post received.
The Turlock woman also wrote in her Facebook post that “maybe he will get assassinated.”
The Facebook status by Denise Helms, 22, posted immediately after Obama’s reelection Tuesday, went viral and prompted an investigation by the Secret Service about whether it was a true threat.
“I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal,” Helms told FOX40 Sacramento in an interview outside her workplace at the Turlock Cold Stone Creamery. “The assassination part is kind of harsh. I’m not saying I’d go do that or anything like that, by any means, but if it was to happen I don’t think I’d care one bit.”
As Helms’ post continued to go viral on Facebook and Twitter, the national ice cream chain began to respond to people who expressed outrage over Helms’ post.
“The employee is no longer w/the company. We were as shocked as you were by her outrageous & completely unacceptable comments,” the official Coldstone Twitter account responded to one user Thursday night.
Police in Louisiana say a 20-year-old black woman was attacked in a brutal, possibly race-related crime on Sunday night. According to the victim, Sharmeka Moffitt, three men covered her in flammable liquid and set her on fire before fleeing. Police found Moffitt with burns on over half of her body; she’s currently in the hospital and listed in critical condition.
Her mother, Edna Moffitt, says surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. “Both of her arms, and they are third degree burns, down her chest and legs - one. Basically her arms are real bad.”
“KKK” and and a racial slur were also burned onto Moffitt’s car. And when police officers arrived on the scene, she said her attackers were wearing white hoods or hats, although she later said she wasn’t able to identify the men’s race. The local sheriff’s department denied that Moffitt was wearing an Obama t-shirt, a fact which initial reports blamed for the attack.
Shortly after midnight on Good Friday here, Bobby Clark was standing at the corner, waiting for his brother. Dannaer Fields was walking home after playing dominoes at a friend’s house. William Allen was walking, too, headed home after visiting his brother.
In the close-knit world of north Tulsa, the three of them were strangers, two men and a woman who happened to be out on the streets late at night, in the middle of a mundane moment. But they had more in common than they could have imagined. The predominately black neighborhoods where they lived — home to crime, poverty and hundreds of abandoned, plywood-covered homes and businesses — have known struggle, and so did they.
Mr. Clark, 54, who as a teenager was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia, used to be homeless and had moved in with his brother after getting evicted from the public-housing apartment where he lived. Ms. Fields, 49, overcame drug addiction; she, too, moved in with her brother after an eviction.
In a three-square-mile area of north Tulsa in the span of one hour on April 6, the authorities say, two men drove up to Mr. Clark, Ms. Fields and Mr. Allen, asked them for directions and then fatally shot them, part of a series of attacks that left three dead, two others wounded and terrified the second-largest city in Oklahoma. The five victims were black. One of the suspects, Alvin L. Watts, 32, is white, and the other, Jacob C. England, 19, is an American Indian who has also described himself as white.
On Friday, prosecutors formally charged Mr. England and Mr. Watts with hate crimes. The two men were each charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious harassment, the state’s hate-crime law. The shootings unfolded the day after Mr. England used a racial slur on Facebook to describe the man he believed had killed his father, Carl, in April 2010. Prosecutors declined to file homicide charges against the man who was a person of interest in the case, Pernell Jefferson. They determined that Mr. Jefferson, who is black, was justified using deadly force in self-defense under Oklahoma law.
In a statement on Friday, Doug Drummond, the first assistant district attorney for Tulsa County, said he would not comment about the specific evidence for any of the charges against Mr. England and Mr. Watts, both of whom the police said had confessed after their arrest on Sunday.
“Filing charges is the first step to obtain justice for the victims and their families,” Mr. Drummond said. “This is a tragic and senseless crime. Our office is committed to holding those responsible accountable for their actions.”
The potential punishment on each first-degree murder charge is life with parole, life without parole or the death penalty. Mr. Drummond said the decision whether to seek the death penalty against the two men will be determined later.
The charges were announced the day of the first funeral, for Mr. Clark. At a chapel not far from the scenes of the shootings, Mr. Clark’s brothers, relatives and several African-American leaders and Tulsa officials, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr., gathered before his coffin to sing and pray. In his remarks to mourners and in an interview after the service, Mr. Jackson likened Mr. Clark’s death with those of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida, and Emmett Till, the 14-year-old whose murder in Mississippi in 1955 was a catalyst of the civil rights movement.
“Emmett Till was not famous,” Mr. Jackson said outside the Crown Hill chapel. “Trayvon Martin was not famous. And yet it is the power of the blood of the innocent that often is redeeming to us all.”
Michigan authorities on Monday launched an investigation after a racial slur targeting Trayvon Martin was discovered on an electronic construction sign along a Detroit-area interstate.
Michigan State Police told NBC News affiliate WDIV-TV that someone hacked the road sign along I-94 around 1 a.m. Monday and posted “TRAYVON A N*****”.
Martin was shot to death by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, at a gated community in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26. Zimmerman has claimed self-defense, telling police Martin attacked him. Martin was unarmed.
Sorry if this has been posted already, i just found out about it.
I don’t know what i would do if i was Trayvon’s Mom.
The next time some racist says YOU are the racist because you had the temerity to point to some racist thing he or she said, and he or she says it wasn’t meant the way you took it and besides, “racism is dead” because we have a black president (or “half-black” as they like to say), show them this picture.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is working with police to determine who hacked into a road sign and posted a racial slur along a freeway seen early Monday morning.
The portable electronic sign contained a reference to Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American who died Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., after being shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
The Michigan State Police began receiving calls about the sign at about 1 a.m., according to Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi.
The picture was shot by the sister of Tweeter @mizkorona who gave me and others permission to publish it.
And we can already predict the racist response.
1. What? “They” call each other that word all the time? Why is it only offensive when we do it?
2. It was probably one of “them” who hacked the sign. “They” are such professional victims with Rev. Al and Jesse showing up any time one of “them” stubs “their” toe to complain about white people. “They” probably did it just to stir up race hatred.
3. It had to be some kid. No grownup would do that. Besides, we have a half-black president now. How can you say there’s racism in America when our president is half-black?
The Michigan Department of Transportation reported:
The hacker was able to access the controls of the sign by breaking off a lock.
“So we’re looking at vandalism and breaking and entering,” Morosi said. “The hacker also took a keyboard from the sign. We’re working with the MSP to find out who was responsible for this unfortunate act.”
We’ll just have to hope that someone stupid enough to write such a horribly racist thing about a 17-year old high school student, killed with a bullet in the chest fired by a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain for the crime of walking on a sidewalk while black, armed with a dangerous can of iced tea (which could raise a bruise) and a bag of Skittles (which can blind one if thrown directly into a person’s eye) was stupid enough to leave some fingerprints behind.
Still think things are getting bettter?
Wake the hell up.