Newt Gingrich received rapturous applause from his white audience for putting Juan Williams, a black broadcaster from Fox News, "in his place." (Photo from http://theiowarepublican.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/newt-gingrich-at-guide-one-insurance-727-1024x682.jpg).
The Fox News personality who became an instant target of white rage at a GOP presidential debate in South Carolina this year. (Photo from http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/1021/Juan-Williams-fired-pitfalls-of-the-insta-opinion-age).
Williams: Speaker Gingrich, you recently said black Americans should demand jobs, not food stamps. You also say poor kids lack a strong work ethic and proposed having them work as janitors in their schools. Can’t you see that this is viewed as at a minimum as insulting to all Americans but particularly to black Americans?
What can we say? President Lincoln’s biggest mistake was not letting South Carolina secede. Gingrich would use this ugly, patronizing performance in campaign ads and the Jim Crow Republican Party of South Carolina, with all their vaunted Christian family values, rewarded a corrupt, serial adulterer who had been a campaign footnote, with a badly needed primary victory. During Gingrich's victory speech after the South Carolina primary, one of his supporters sounds like she shouted, "String him up!" referring to Obama. The cry, of course, represents a disturbing reference to lynching. (Listen at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/01/23/does-gingrich-supporter-shout-string-him-up-73984.) In any case, the South Carolina primary was an important moment of values clarification for white South Carolinians who decided that they still hate black people more than they despise Catholics.