A Republican New York state senatorial candidate may have come up with the worst “black outreach program” ever.
NBC 4 New York reports that GOP candidate Jon Girodes, who is running for New York’s 30th District. told the station that he was going to offer free “Kool-Aid, KFC and watermelons” to anyone who attends his upcoming Harlem campaign rally.
Harlem is one of the most recognizable African-American communities in the U.S., whose rich culture is honored and celebrated around the world. Between the end of World War I and the mid-1930s, the Harlem Renaissance transformed America with an explosion of new cultural, social, and artistic ideas. During this time, Harlem was considered the cultural center for black artists, writers, musicians, poets, photographers, and scholars. Many consider the Harlem Renaissance a vital part of what would later become known as the Civil Rights Movement.
So to show respect to Harlem’s rich history and powerful influence, Girodes decided to insult its residents by offering racist stereotypical food references as substance (which at least matches his party’s platform). Girodes, predictably, feigned ignorance claiming that there wasn’t anything offensive about his generous offer and that the people in the neighborhood should be appreciative of the free food.
“What I think is anyone who gives free food to people is doing them a favor,” Girodes told NBC 4 New York’s I-Team. “Get a bunch of people who say it’s offensive and let me go into their neighborhood and give it out for free and see if they take it.”
However, Harlem residents offered a slightly different opinion.
“It’s racist,” Harlem resident Tyrone Nero told the news station. “Whoever he is, I think he should go back in whatever hole he crawled in and have a great life.”
“It’s more than an insult and anybody with any sense would see that’s pathetically racist and insulting,” said Harlem resident Scott Randolph.
As for Girodes’ “donation” to the community, one resident suggested that the neighborhood “donate various foots in his ass.”
While the state’s Republican party doesn’t “recognize” Girodes as a legitimate candidate, they can’t deny that Donald Trump is leading their party.
Trump has inspired men like Girodes to not only openly voice their racism but to also run for public office while doing so.
Just take a look at what is happening down in Louisiana as David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, is running for U.S. Senate. Duke credits Trump for setting the right atmosphere for his candidacy to gain traction.
But there is another reason why the GOP has no right to whine about Girodes misrepresenting their party in Harlem. The GOP never maintained a relationship with that community, therefore, how are they supposed to know if their party is being represented accurately?
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