Sunday, February 5, 2012

Republican Racism Example #8: Texas Republican Complains About "Black House"

On June 2 2009, Diann Jones, the vice chair of the Collin County Republican Party, sent out an email blast falsely accusing Barack Obama of plotting to take away American’s handguns (handgun regulations have actually been loosened during his term.”  Complaining about a proposed tax on firearm purchases considered but rejected by the Texas Legislature, she blamed Obama for this piece of legislation, characterizing it as “another great idea from the Black House and its minions.”  Questioned by reporters about the tone of the email, she issued the standard non-apology apology (she was sorry “if anyone was offended” and then expressed rage that someone receiving her email had alerted the media to its contents.  You can call Ms. Jones at 972.540.5985 and tell her what you think of this.  For more, read here

Plano, Texas, is now diverse but it's big growth from the 1960s to the 1980s stemmed from it's status as a "white flight" suburb - a place to which Anglos fled to escape integration in nearby Dallas.  Diann Jones, a GOP official in Plano who complained that President Obama had turned the White House into the "Black House," politically depends on such pampered, intolerant  whites, who live in the city's many pretentious "McMansions." (Photo from,+Texas&hl=en&client=safari&sa=X&rls=en&biw=1153&bih=889&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=8aMHaOq02RvEZM:&imgrefurl=,r:3,s:0,i:75).

Michael Phillips has authored the following:

White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, Texas, 1841-2001 (Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2006)

(with Patrick L. Cox) The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010)

“Why Is Big Tex Still a White Cowboy? Race, Gender, and the ‘Other Texans’” in Walter Buenger and Arnoldo de León, eds., Beyond Texas Through Time: Breaking Away From Past Interpretations (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2011)

“The Current is Stronger’: Images of Racial Oppression and Resistance in North Texas Black Art During the 1920s and 1930s ”  in Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz, eds., The Harlem Renaissance in the West: The New Negroes’ Western Experience (New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2011)

“Dallas, 1989-2011,” in Richardson Dilworth, ed. Cities in American Political History (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2011)

(With John Anthony Moretta, Keith J. Volonto, Austin Allen, Doug Cantrell and Norwood Andrews), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips. eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume I.   (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Keith J. Volanto), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips, eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume II. (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Carl J. Luna), Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama  (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2013). 

“Texan by Color: The Racialization of the Lone Star State,” in David Cullen and Kyle Wilkison, eds., The Radical Origins of the Texas Right (College Station: University of Texas Press, 2013).

He is currently collaborating, with longtime journalist Betsy Friauf, on a history of African American culture, politics and black intellectuals in the Lone Star State called God Carved in Night: Black Intellectuals in Texas and the World They Made.

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