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GOP Racism in Texas

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    Local GOP 'leaders' are engaging in active racist remarks regarding the current situation. This is unacceptable on any level. This clearly demonstrates that the Republicans have a growing problem.
    One Facebook post falsely claimed that the killing of George Floyd in police custody last month was a “staged event,” meant to rile up opposition to President Trump. Another showed a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. next to a banana — an established racist trope.

    And a third claimed that George Soros, the liberal billionaire, paid “white cops to murder black people” and “black people to riot because race wars keep the sheep in line.”

    All of these posts were shared in recent days by Republican county leaders in Texas, some of whom are now facing calls to resign from top officials within their own party, including Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and Gov. Greg Abbott, who called the posts “disgusting,” the Texas Tribune reported.

    The posts have unleashed a firestorm of controversy in the state of 29 million where Republicans are struggling to beat back Democratic advances in the rapidly diversifying electorate.

    “I have said it before and I will say it again now: the GOP must not tolerate racism. Of any kind. At any time,” George P. Bush, the state’s land commissioner and a rising star in the party, wrote on Twitter late Thursday. “I urge them to do the honorable thing and step aside now.”

    Keith Nielsen was the incoming chairman of the Harris County Republican Party in Houston who posted the quote from Martin Luther King Jr. — “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” — next to a banana, a racist trope that links black people to monkeys.

    Nielsen apologized and told the Houston Chronicle on Saturday that he was resigning from his post, which he had been due to start in August. He said he had “zero malicious intent” and that he used the banana to indicate his feeling that the protests were “bananas,” or out of control.

    Black leaders and the party’s centrists have argued that these racist controversies imperil the party’s ability to woo minority voters, who are key to maintaining conservatives’ longtime advantage in the state. Last year, the Tarrant County Republican Party in Fort Worth was embroiled in controversy when some of its members tried to oust a Muslim party official.

    “The fact that in one day 4 Texas GOP chairs have come under condemnation for racist remarks — including MY county — should make it CLEAR AS DAY we have a problem in this party and y’all need to talk to more black people,” tweeted Charles Blain, the black founder and executive director of Urban Reform, a Houston nonprofit based on free-market solutions to urban issues.
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