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The racism of today's Republican Party is becoming increasingly obvious despite attempts to do damage control when the true nastiness of party members and candidates is revealed. A recent GOP convention related racism eruption involved Pennsylvania GOP convention delegate Mark Harris who visited Epcot Center during the convention. While visiting the United States pavilion, Harris was incensed to find a "Mexican" working in the pavilion (see his blog screen shot above). He felt that only "Americans" should be working at the the United States pavilion. The incident underscores the sad fact that in the minds of far too many in today's GOP that if one isn't white, one isn't an American. The irony, of course, is that Hispanics in parts of the United States are descendants of those who were residents of those areas long before they were annexed to the United States - e.g., Texas, California, New Mexico, and Arizona - and long before Harris' ancestors arrived in America. Think Progress has more and here are highlights:
During a trip to Epcot at Disneyworld, Pennsylvania delegate Mark Harris and his wife were shocked and offended to find a Mexican employee working at the amusement park’s American pavilion, which showcases the different cultures in the United States. According to the couple’s blog, Harris complained to staff that he was “highly offended” that a “person from Mexico” was working in the American pavilion when other nations’ pavilions were staffed by people from each respective country.
According to their website, “Mark and Irene are both pro‐life, believe marriage is between one man and one woman, are for open records and transparency, believe in very conservative principles and the Republican platform.”
The RNC has been marred by racist incidents this week; on Tuesday, two delegates had to be escorted out after throwing peanuts at a black camerawoman and called her an “animal.” Harris told the AP at the beginning of the convention that he liked how Romney was “hitting all the conservative bells” and “has the potential to be a great president if he keeps going in that direction.”
It would seem that Harris has been taking lessons from George "Macaca" Allen, the GOP candidate for U.S. Senator here in Virginia. I was in law school with Mr. Allen and I'm supporting his opponent Tim Kaine - we need a grown up and non-bigot in the U.S. Senate.