A political blog on The Dallas Morning News website reports on a racist statement made by candidate for Texas governor, former Houston mayor Bill White. He would like the vision of slavery to pop into the heads of black supporters at the mention of current Governor Rick Perry. Hopelessly stuck in nasty politics? Flailing about as he continues to drop in the polls, White reverts to the same kind of racist language to potential voters as did Senator Harry Reid. Democrats are predictable. When all else fails, toss the race bait.
This is the quote from remarks White made at a recent forum in Dallas, in front of a black audience: "We need a governor who's a servant, as opposed to Rick Perry, who wants to be treated as master." Classy, right?
This is a pattern. At the Kingwood Tea Party White said: "We need as our governor somebody who is a servant, not a career politician who's acting as if they're in control and they're the master."
The Republican Party of Texas responds:
“It is very disappointing in this day and age, when it is so important for public figures to promote unity and harmony among our state’s diverse population, that Bill White would choose language that when viewed in context of the group to which he was speaking, clearly can be interpreted as a racially divisive statement," said Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri. "Bill White’s use of the word ‘master’ when speaking to an African-American group no doubt was a political calculation on his part to conjure up a racially divisive message. There is no place in modern day politics for a statewide candidate to try to exploit racial discord. I call upon Bill White to apologize to Gov. Perry for the use of this language, as I know the governor to be committed to representing Texans of all backgrounds. And I call upon Bill White to cease his inflammatory rhetoric.”
Texas deserves better than the tired old politics of racial division.