Got that? Well here, according to Little Ricky is what REALLY happened.
“Santorum also tried to explain remarks he made in Iowa about Medicaid, a program for poor Americans. He was quoted as saying: “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 the money.”
In the CNN interview, Santorum said he “mumbled it and changed my thought” in mid-statement.
“I’m pretty confident I didn’t say ‘black,’” he said. “I’ve looked at it several times. I was starting to say one word and I sort of came up with a different word and then moved on.” But, he conceded, “it sounded like black.”
OK folks, what sounds like black?
“While Santorum defended his overall record in working on economic issues for black communities, civic and civil rights leaders criticized his remark.
“Sen. Santorum’s targeting of African-Americans is inaccurate and outrageous and lifts up old race-based stereotypes about public assistance,” NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said.
“He conflates welfare recipients with African-Americans, though federal benefits are in fact determined by income level. In Iowa for example, only 9 percent of food stamp recipients are black, while 84 percent of recipients are white,” Jealous said.
Santorum shrugged off the criticism and said his remark was “probably just a tongue-tied moment instead of something that was deliberate.”
This would of course suggest that Ricky has no comprehension of African-American history.
Sure doesn’t look like he does, does it?
How soon we forget! Ricky’s a Langston Hughes fan!
“Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum announced Wednesday that he was forming an exploratory committee for a possible presidential run. His slogan was, and remains on his website, “Fighting to make America America again.”
But it might not be for long. Santorum, a well-known conservative, backed away from the phrase — saying he had “nothing to do” with it — after being told it derives from a poem by Langston Hughes.
Hughes, who died in 1967, was an African American Communist who advocated for civil rights and social justice. A key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes may well have been gay; some of his poems were homoerotic and others defended gay rights.
In 2003, then-Sen. Santorum came under fire for equating homosexuality with incest. “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything,” he told the Associated Press. CNN wrote that Santorum “made clear he did not approve of ‘acts outside of traditional heterosexual relationships.’ ” Pennsylvania’s Log Cabin Republicans called his remarks “alarming.” The Democratic caucus called for him to move out of his position of leadership.
In 2006, Santorum lost his Pennsylvania Senate seat by 18 points to Democrat Bob Casey.
On Thursday, the left-wing website ThinkProgress noticed the connection between Santorum’s slogan and Hughes’ poem. They caught up with Santorum at a New Hampshire event Thursday. Reporter Lee Fang asked Santorum about his use of the phrase:
FANG: Today, you unveiled your new campaign slogan, “Fighting to make America America again.” But was it intentional that this line was borrowed from the pro-union poem by the gay poet Langston Hughes?
SANTORUM: No, because I had nothing to do with that so …
FANG: Oh, alright thanks. Wait, did you have a clarification there? Was it just a coincidence?
SANTORUM: I didn’t know that. The folks who worked on that slogan for me didn’t inform me that that’s where it came from, if in fact it came from that.
The poem that Fang references is titled “Let America Be America Again.”
‘Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.
(America never was America to me.)
Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed–
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
(It never was America to me.)
O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.
(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)’
Recently, Santorum was a correspondent for Fox News, but he left that position in March, apparently so that he could explore a presidential bid.
Is he going to stick with Hughes’ poetic vision? So far, he has. As of this writing on Saturday, Santorum’s website still bears the slogan “Fighting to make America America again.”
In his continued efforts to untie his tongue Ricky should check out a new PBS doumentary.
“”Slavery By Another Name,” a new PBS documentary, explores and upends what producers say is a widely accepted notion: that slavery in America came to a halt with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film shows that while chattel slavery ended in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pushed into forced labor that exposed them to brutality, abuse and death.
Or as narrator Laurence Fishburne says introducing the film, African Americans “were no longer slaves, but not yet free.” Men were arrested, forced to work without pay, and were mistreated by cruel masters. The system of forced labor took place in the North and South, and lasted into the 20th century.
“It could have been different and should have been different,” said Douglas A. Blackmon, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book that inspired the film and gave it its title, during a session during the PBS portion of the first day of the Television Critics Assn. press tour. Blaming the government, Blackmon called the continuation of slavery “an astonishing failure of modern society.”
He added, “It’s a story of how America failed,” showing how whites had lost faith that blacks could be fully integrated into the mainstream.
The 90-minute film, directed by Sam Pollard (“Eyes on The Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads”) will premiere Feb. 13.
Descendants of slave owners and slaves participated in the film. Susan Tuggle Barone, who spoke during the session, told of learning how her great-grandfather John Williams killed 11 black laborers who were held illegally on his farm. It was a long-buried secret in her family.
“It was devastating for my family to find out about this,” she said. “I’m glad my grandmother wasn’t alive to find out about this. But it was important to learn the truth.”
Sharon Malone, who is married to Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, spoke of how her uncle was a victim of Alabama’s forced labor system. She said her family spoke little about his time growing up in the South.
She said she has no anger or bitterness about that part of her past. “In fact, I’m more grateful to my parents than I otherwise would have been,” she said. “They did not pass on that bitterness to their children. To us, they were unburdened by their past, and that gave us faith and hope. It’s something that needs to be known.”
It needs to be known by every journalist who’s covering Ricky — right along with gay history.
As a matter of fact — here’s twofer!
Somebody get Ricky a DVD and make him watch Clockwork Orange style
Randy Newman will sing us out with this classic by a Berlin named Irving