The 2012 Presidential election season is in full swing, and it was a matter of time before race became a part of the conversation – that point was breached at the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
On July 26, just before the Olympics were set to start in London, Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney kicked off his international tour in the host city by answering questions regarding an anonymous aide’s comment in The Daily Telegraph that said, “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special. The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”
The former Massachusetts governor was quick in his effort to defuse the situation stating that, “I don’t agree with whoever that adviser might be.”
Fast-forward just three weeks, the Olympics are over and the campaign trail is picking up steam from both Democrat and Republican parties alike and Vice President Joe Biden while giving a speech in Danville, Virginia, added his own race remark to the mix.
On August 15 in front of a mixed-race crowd Biden was addressing Romney’s tax policy according to Los Angeles Times when he said the policy would put “y’all back in chains.”
As the LA Times points out, the comment was made in a town that is roughly half African American.
Biden followed his comment with an explanation stating he was merely echoing the Republican parties constant use of “unshackling” within its speeches according to the LA Times.
The countdown to the uttering of a gratuitous Native putdown starts now.