October 27, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Chris Hayes’ Awesome Slam Of John Sununu’s Race-Baiting
Earlier this week on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Romney campaign surrogate John Sununu suggested that Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama for re-election was because of skin color.
Sununu: Well, I’m not sure how important that is. I do like the fact that Colin Powell’s boss, George Herbert Walker Bush, has endorsed Mitt Romney all along. And frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder whether that’s an endorsement based on issues or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama.
Morgan: What reason would that be?
Sununu: Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being president of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him.
On today’s “Up” on MSNBC, Chris Hayes said this in response to Sununu’s race-baiting:
Every time people talk about this (black voters voting for black candidates), the history of the American republic is black people having to vote for white people. No one votes for people of a different race more — more reliably and historically than African-Americans who just have been voting for white people for years and years and years and years. And you know who votes for white people also? White people vote for white people. – Chris Hayes
My thoughts exactly, and Hayes as usual communicates it so effectively. White people have been voting for white people for a long time and oh, by the way, so have black people. But because this is so, that means white people can never be accused of voting for a white candidate because of race, but black people can be accused of voting for a black candidate because of race. It’s completely unfair and it’s bullshit. Does this happen? Of course. But it’s not up to white people or anyone else for that matter to be the judge.