ADC Appalled at Republican Party's Continued Spread of Xenophobia, Hate & Ignorance
Pictures above (L-R): Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Walid Phares, and John Bolton
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | July 31, 2012 — The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is appalled at the continued bigotry and racism coming from factions from within the Republican Party, including the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, Governor Willard “Mitt” Romney. On a recent trip to Israel, Romney directed racist and derogatory comments towards Palestinians. Romney’s actions are in line with the xenophobic nature exhibited by factions from within the Republican Party over the past few election cycles.
The failure of the leadership within the Republican Party to eliminate xenophobia from their platform is one of the single biggest reasons the party is losing support amongst minority groups such as Arab Americans. The recent actions of factions from within the Republican Party go against the basic and fundamental foundations which make this country great. By continuing to pander to hatemongers, racists, and bigots, the Republican Party is going down a path that is not only damaging to the party, but will also prove damaging to the nation.
During his speech Romney spewed, "…as you come here and you see the GDP per capita for instance in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars and you compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority which is more like $10,000 dollars per capita, you notice a dramatic, stark difference in economic vitality. If you could learn anything from the economic history of the world it's this: culture makes all the difference...” Romney also said, “and as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things...” His words indicate that the Palestinian culture is the 'difference' to which the extreme economic disparity can be attributed.
His comments fail to recognize the decades-long hold Israel has had on the West Bank and Gaza, and the impact the illegal occupation has had on the economy and people of Palestine. The Israeli