Newt Gingrich gives advice to black people: Maybe you should seek employment!

Newt Gingrich on the campaign trail in New Hampshire:

Bet you never thought of that, black people! Finding a job and getting paid for it – huh! Whoulda thunk?! Aren’t you glad Newt’s here to help? Of course, he’ll have to explain why this is a good idea at your annual black people get-together. But in the meantime, there’s some food for thought.

Oh wait, what’s that? “Food for thought” isn’t covered under the federal food assistance programs? Oopsie, my bad!

(Joy-Ann Reid at The Grio reports that according to the USDA, “when it comes to total welfare receipts, Whites receive 34% of federal food assistance benefits, African-Americans 22%, and Hispanics 17%.” For that, and a few more examples of Newt Gingrich, a leading voice in American politics, equating “poor people” with “black people,” click here).



  1. socioprof

     /  January 5, 2012

    How appropriate is it that I am re-reading DuBois now?
    How depressing is it that his words, written in 1903, are still ringing true?
    “How does it feel to be a problem”, indeed?

    • I don’t know. The closest I can come is when people talk about women and mean something bad that has nothing to do with me and my life, and yet expect me to agree with them, or be grateful for their wisdom, or at least to shut up because clearly they know more about me than I do. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be African-American and here hear the kind of shit that comes out of these pie holes day in, day out. I cannot imagine.

  2. there’s a reason why, back in the 90s, the group i was backpacking with named our poop trowel Newt…

  3. SalG

     /  January 5, 2012

    Somebody enlighten Newt about the number of employed people receiving food stamps. Also, anyone remember the stories of military families of food stamps some years ago?

  4. TenarDarell

     /  January 5, 2012

    Every once in a while I get more than a little gobsmacked by the irony of what the black Republican party has become. The Effete Liberal Book Club strikes again.

  5. Captain Button

     /  January 6, 2012

    A vaguely related snark I’ve been working on:

    A boat with 10 people and 3 life jackets on board sinks. So the 7 dead people were lazy or suicides, because, after all, there were plenty of life jackets available and if they really wanted to live they would have fought harder to get one of them, right?

    A lot of discussion of unemployment and inequality in general seems to be based on that sort of idea.

  6. Doug

     /  January 7, 2012

    I would actually be offended if I believed Newt was someone with intelligence. Fortunately I never came to that conclusion.

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