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POINT: DeSantis, DeRacist, Disgusting!

August 31, 2018 - 5:00pm

This country has a history with a stain. The stain is slavery, Jim Crow, and the dehumanizing of black people.

How many times were President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama portrayed as apes or monkeys?

We’ve all seen the memes, posts, and nasty comments about the Obamas.

Ron DeSantis had to have known that his “monkey up” comment was going to trigger the most hurtful, hateful images regarding Andrew Gillum.

Maybe that's what he was going for.

Comments such as those are hurtful to all black people who have been subjected to dehumanizing behavior from hateful people.

I’ve long said that racism knows no party.

Racism exists in the Republican and the Democratic parties.

Some Republicans are just so overt with theirs.

I say some, because I have Republican friends who do not condone this sort of behavior.

The Republican Party, though, has allowed itself to be defined by the most vile of people.

In the most perfect example of DeSantis appealing to the most vile of people, a group out of Idaho has begun sending a racist robocall, attacking Andrew Gillum. See Friday's story in POLITICO Florida, "Racist robocalls mar Florida's race for governor."

Is it those people that DeSantis is trying to reach?

Ron DeSantis has been accused of being an administrator of a Facebook page that promoted racism, homophobia, xenophobia, anti-Muslim sentiments, and every other hateful thing one can imagine.

Is this who would be the best governor for ALL of the people of Florida?

No. Absolutely not. Florida is a big, diverse state. We all belong here. We all have a right to be here.

I know DeSantis is saying his “monkey this up” comment wasn’t a racist dig at Andrew Gillum.

I just don’t believe him.

Leslie Wimes, a Sunshine State News columnist, is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1


Apparently, you don't realize how much you are diluting real racism. You are acting just like a snowflake.

Have watched DeSantis in Congress, represented us for a while. He had not done much and would not expect him to do much if elected, but honestly, don't think the meant that as a racist statement. I just don't think he realized how that would sound in light of how the elections turned out. Now if it happens again, that is a different thing.

DeSantis was admin of a hate group. Even if someone makes you admin of a group, you get notified. He is garbage!

Louis Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam. That is a very radical hate group, extraordinaire. You are actually going to post in this blog that DeSantis is a racist but all those Democrats sharing the stage with Louis Farrakhan, including Bill Clinton, who share the stage with Farrakhan yesterday, along with Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, and many other Democrats, are harmlessly associating with a hate mongerer? DeSantis is connection with some possible racist remarks (have not read these alleged racist remarks) or questionable of intent, cannot even compare with the direct association at Aretha Franklin's ceremony stage yesterday.

Daniel....You are 100% Correct !!!!!!!!!

It appears we are going back in time when racism was acceptable. The real shame is how many people accept it.

See this link for clarity.

Here’s hoping the decent Tepublicans rise up against this Grand Dragon!!!

In school student learn that they are descendants of apes (evolution). So why is it racist to compare people to apes...because you have nothing else. What other words are you "afraid of?" Sticks and Stones can break my bones but words can never harm me - unless you want them.

Hey Karen, I dare you to go up to an African American and call them an ape. Do it. Your wig would get split!!

IT WOULD NEVER OCCUR to me to do something so hurtful and vile as that. God made people like a bouquet: red, yellow, black, brown, and white. THE VERY FACT that you would think to post a comment like this says that you are full of hate and rhetoric. How can we ever move on to peace when there are people like you and this writer spewing more and more hate. Obama did more to pit us against each other than anybody I have ever known. AND MY OPINION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN. It has EVERYTHING TO DO with the COLOR OF HIS HEART. God is working in the hearts of American's to help us move on in Love--and you are working against him, and SO IS THIS WRITER.

Hey Anonymous, I dare you to go up to a white person and call them an ape. I think they will be just as angry. I don't know anyone who would not be offended to be called an ape . . .skin color would not matter.

Walker, They are to stupid to see it that way.

“Monkeying Around” is a term that’s been around longer than you Leslie, Andrew Gillum and in fact the Obamas. I grew up with a game called “Monkey in the Middle” that had nothing to do with people of color. Eleanor Roosevelt said “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. So if you are offended by any comments involving monkeys, then I would suggest you work on your self respect. Floridians will not accept race baiting as an excuse for no agenda.

Your sheet is showing!

I am a Putnam supporter. Hell will freeze over before I vote DeSantis! Those that made him the nominee gets what they deserve!!

It should be "those who voted for DeSantis GET what they deserve. Try to learn a little grammar before posting. I proudly voted for DeSantis, and I will get what I deserve . . . A wonderful Governor. :)

Kudos! I am also voting for DeSantis, and this thread has convinced me, even at my age, to call them today and find out how I can work to help Florida overcome the HATE this writer is spewing all over us. Leslie should go somewhere else and throw up on her Democrat friends with her words. They will LOVE what she has to say.

The fact is pandering to the racist wing of the GOP had been subdued until the election of the biggest white supremacist ever in the white house. The fact that he called the neo-nazi's at Charlottsville, "some fine people" should be equally appalling. However, thinking Republicans won't call him out of fear of retribution. This begs the question: do the thinking Republicans quietly endorse these abhorrent thoughts by their silence? I think that if they find racism abhorrent, they should say something. Silence will not make them go away.

You are twisting what he said. Trump said that "some of the people at Charlottesville were fine people" . He did NOT say some of the White supremacists were fine people. There were groups there who were not white supremacists, but were protesting. YOu can't find a single time that Trump said something racist . . .unless you twist his words. You are just that ignorant and uninformed.

Don't be in denial . . . . . . . . . . . he even got fined for violating the Fair Housing Act due to racial discrimination . . . . . not to mention his MANY racist comments since then . . . . . . denial is just . . . . . . . . PATHETIC

YOU are writing what YOU THINK YOU HEARD without CHECKING IT OUT. What in the world do you think Dr. Carson is doing these days? Also, WHO do you think gave Dr. Carson the responsibility he has? YOU do not deserve to be listened to because YOU are not coming from your own assessment of the actual facts. YOU are one of the lazy ones who rely on the opinions of others, and in doing that YOU HAVE SURRENDERED YOUR OWN DIGNITY and YOUR RIGHT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

FAKE NEWS !!!!!!!!

I was raised to not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do . . . . . . . . like Trump, your easily disproved statement is simply . . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . .

No question about it, Ron DeSantis is a racist pig, trying to be Donald Trump! I hope every decent, moral person votes against this scumbag!!!

Ron is the only one TO vote for.

You are fortunate that being an idiot is Legal!!

That explains why there are so many ignorant socialist and liberal democrats--- Its Legal !!!!

Leslie, there was nothing racist about his comment! Voting for any Socialist is stupid. We are a Constitutional representative Republic not a democracy. Socialism is not compatible with our form of government.

I love it! Tell it like it is, Leslie! The racists are casting away their hoods and sheets, emboldened by a racist president. We won’t sit quietly by, though!!


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