Commentary: Republican Party racism is at fever pitch

BY:Jarvis Tyner| March 5, 2009
Commentary: Republican Party racism is at fever pitch

Voices of the Communist Party

Recently the Republican-owned New York Post ran a scurrilous racist cartoon comparing Obama to the Connecticut chimpanzee that was shot dead by the police. The headline read, Whos going to write the stimulus package now?, a more than a sub-textual suggestion that assassinating President Obama is an option to those who disagree with him. I think that is against the law.

This week the newly elected first Black chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele, proclaimed, what should have been obvious, that he, not radio provocateur Rush Limbaugh, was the head of the GOP. Steele called Limbaugh an entertainer whose show is incendiary and ugly.

Limbaugh who apparently does think he is now the partys head went on a tirade against Steele telling him to go behind the scenes and do your job instead of trying to be some kind of media star. Was this not a typical racist act: telling a Black person who thinks hes a leader to stay in your place?

And as if to confirm that relationship, the next day, Steele made an embarrassing apology. This has happened before. When Washington Post columnist William Raspberry criticized Limbaugh for gay bashing and his racial putdowns and called Limbaugh a bigot, eleven days later he apologized too. In Republican circles, Blacks dare not criticize racism.

Steele and Raspberry told the truth. Limbaugh is a racist. He is the radio personality that said that Martin Luther Kings assassin James Earl Ray should get the Medal of Honor! He criticized the Democrats for standing behind Nelson Mandela and getting rid of the white government of South Africa. He calls Feminists Feminazis and once told a Black women caller to take the bone out of your nose and call me back. And of course it was on his show that aired the racist song Barack the Magic Negro. For many years now he has been blurting out this poison while under the influence of illegally gotten prescription drugs.

Limbaughs long record of vile racism, anti-women, and anti-gay bigotry is undeniable. Apparently now his voice is more powerful then the chairman of the Republican Party. That a voice of racism and hatred is now dominating the GOP is apparently ok with them.

Of course this is all done using humor – but its not funny. Racism is not funny. Racism, male chauvinism and homophobia are virulent and deadly ideologies.

Its important to note that the extreme right has for too long used bigotry to rationalize its disastrous policies in defense of neo-con capitalism and imperialist policies.

The voters have spoken. The Republicans refused to listen. They would rather see the country go down the tubes than see Obamas agenda succeed. Imagine: not one vote in the House for the stimulus package! The Democrats need to keep pushing and push harder and stronger.

In todays political climate as opposed to before 2006, the Republican Party is headed down the road to oblivion. And I say good riddance.

Jarvis Tyner is the Executive Vice-Chair of the Communist Party USA and was its candidate for Vice-President of the United States in 1972 and 1976.

This commentary originally published in the People’s Weekly World. ‘Voices of the Communist Party’ is an ongoing series of speeches, articles and opinions of members and leaders of the Communist Party USA.



    Jarvis Tyner is executive vice chair of the Communist Party USA and a long-time member of the party's national board.. He was a founding member of the Black Radical Congress and served on its national coordinating committee for five years.

    Tyner was born in the Mill Creek community of West Philadelphia in 1941 and graduated from West Philadelphia High School. He joined the Communist Party USA at the age of 20. After several years working in various industrial jobs in the Philadelphia area, where he was a member of the Amalgamated Lithographers and the Teamsters union, he moved to New York in 1967 to become the national chair of the DuBois Clubs of America, and later founding chair of the Young Workers Liberation League. He was the Communist Party USA candidate for vice president of the U.S. in 1972 and 1976, running with party leader Gus Hall.

    As a leader of the CPUSA Tyner has been an active public spokesperson against racism, imperialism and war. He has written numerous articles and pamphlets and appears on the media, campuses and in other public venues advocating for peace, equality and the socialist alternative. He currently resides in the Inwood section of Manhattan, N.Y., is married and the father of four adult children and one grandchild.


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