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Marion Barry

“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”

Harry Reid 2

“I just think it’s a mistake for someone who is supposedly representing Hispanic issues to do what [Rubio] has done [on the nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte for ambassador to El Salvador].”


“[W]hen we point out moments of racism or moments of minstrelsy in Herman Cain’s example, they just fire back and they just use the words racism; that is racist; you are racist…

Cain allows the GOP to have this sort of force where it’s like, well, we’re not racist; we are supporting this black man. Even at the same time that he sort of admits this myth of black facility (ph) and just sort of self abnegation, and like you don’t have to take us seriously sort of thing that Obama threw completely out of whack, because you had to take him dead seriously…

[H]ere comes Herman Cain… ‘Yes, I am an entertainer. I’m here to entertain you.'”


White Protester: “C’mon brother, show your face! Show your face, brother!  Be a proud black man.”

Crowd Chanting: “Show your face! Show your face!”

Another White Protester: “There he is! There’s the one black guy! The token black man!”

Black Protester: “You’re a token! You are a house black! You’re the kind that says when massa say sing, you say ‘we sing massa!'”

Helen Thomas 6

“And [Obama] is not a liberal. I had hoped he was. I suppose I thought he was, because he was black, I thought he would automatically be…a liberal.”


Questioner: “After we impeach Clarence Thomas, what do we do with him? Let’s keep it real.”

Protester: “Put him back in the fields. He’s a scumbag.”

Questioner: “Yeah.”

Protester: “He’s a dumb-shit scumbag. Put him back in the fields.”

Questioner: “And what about [Justice] Alito?”

Protester: “Alito should go back to Sicily.”

Charles M Blow

“[E]ven when compared to other whites, [Tea Partier] views are extreme and marginal.

…I saw a political minstrel show devised for the entertainment of those on the rim of obliviousness and for those engaged in the subterfuge of intolerance. I was not amused.”

Donny Deutsch

“We’re such a media frenzy, 24/7 world that almost anybody that’s been around too long, there’s so much “no” attached to it, that you almost need that blank piece of paper. That’s the new model. Like, you know, this coconut Rubio down in Florida.”