EX-SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR IS A LOT OF THINGS … BUT RACIST ISN’T ONE OF THEM
Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is in hot water over a remark he made previewing the second general election debate between U.S. President Barack Obama and “Republican” presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Sanford – a Fox News contributor – was appearing on America’s News HQ on Sunday evening when he made what one former spokesman termed an “inartful” analogy.
“Obama’s going to come out in this (debate) much more forcefully, and he’s going to throw a lot of spears,” Sanford told Fox anchor Shannon Bream. “And I think it’s very, very important that in this case that, you know, Romney stay focused on his vision for the country and stay focused on the things that, I think, matter most to people in this country, which is, where is the economy going, where are we with jobs, and what’s happening next on the debt and the deficit issue?”
Tommy Christopher of Mediaite seized on Sanford’s “throw a lot of spears” comment.
“The term ‘spearchucker’ is a racial slur against black people, but what would a 52-year-old white guy from South Carolina know about that?” Christopher wrote, tongue firmly implanted in cheek. “Also, he didn’t call President Obama a ‘spearchucker,’ he just said he would be throwing spears. That’s completely different.”
Christopher’s headline labeled Sanford a “fear-chucker.”
Mark Sanford is a lot of things, people … but racist isn’t one of them. For starters he appointed four African-Americans to posts in his cabinet and one of his chiefs of staff, Henry White, was black. Sanford was also the first South Carolina governor to formally apologize for the “Orangeburg Massacre,” a 1968 incident in which several white S.C. Highway Patrol officers fired into a crowd of black protesters (killing three of them).
Previous governors of both parties had refused to do that.
Not only that, back in 2010 Sanford gave a certain Indian-American female more than $400,000 to get her gubernatorial campaign off the ground (although he’s made it pretty clear that he regrets that particular decision).
Of course he’s also notoriously careless with his analogies – like the time he compared growing up on an expansive Lowcountry, S.C. plantation as living in a “concentration camp for boys.”
Sanford’s former spokesman Joel Sawyer – now a Republican consultant in the Palmetto State – dismissed any implication that Sanford meant something racist by his comment.
“Not an artful analogy at all, but incredibly off base to suggest he meant anything racist by it,” Sawyer told FITS. “Mark’s record speaks for itself in terms of minority appointments and reaching out engage and address groups like the NAACP.”
Also last time we checked Obama was only half-black … so if you’re politically correct enough to view Sanford’s remark as offensive, at least do him the solid of acknowledging that it’s only half-offensive.