GOP Women’s Group Posts Shareable Graphic Of A Lynching To Facebook
by IAN MILLHISER –
If you are about to compare something to lynching, and it is not lynching, it’s probably best to keep your mouth shut.
The Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women apologized on Wednesday after they posted an image of a black man being lynched on their official Facebook page. The image included a solitary African American man hanging by a noose from a tree, with the text “The KKK was formed by the Democrats to keep control over black Americans. The Democrats of today just traded ropes for welfare” accompanying the image.
After KFOR, a local news station, contacted the organization’s president, Pam Pollard, about the image, Pollard deleted the post. She later released a statement saying that she “did not make the post or approve the post and when it was brought to my attention I immediately deleted it.”
The message accompanying the offensive image relies on a number of tropes, insinuations and half-truths that are commonly used by the Democratic Party’s opponents to attack the party’s record on race. It is true, for example, that white segregationists largely identified with the Democratic Party for many years. The South was, in effect, a bloc of one-party states for most of the century following the Civil War. Claims that Democrats remain creatures of the Klan, however, misses the last half-century of American history. Democratic President Lyndon Johnson reportedly said that he feared that his party may “have lost the South for a generation” when he signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Democratic Party’s recent performance in Southern elections suggests that Johnson’s prediction was insufficiently pessimistic.
Similarly, the Facebook image’s insinuation that welfare programs primarily target black people is also false. In 2013, over 40 percent of food stamp recipients, for example, were white — while only about a quarter of such recipients were African American. Similarly, in 2010, less than a third of individuals who benefited from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program were black. The percentage of TANF beneficiaries who are African American declined every year from 2001 through 2010.