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Health Care Debate Gets Racial With “Great White Hope” Comment

jenkins Its no mystery that the Health Care debate has raised passions on both sides of the aisles: the conservative movement has cried socialism; the progressive movement has accused the right of no-so-subtle racism. Well the claims of race baiting are about to get a bit louder with news of Kansas Rep Lynn Jenkins comment that the Republican Party would soon embrace a “Great White Hope”.

The Topeka Capital Journal reports:

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins offered encouragement to conservatives at a town hall forum that the Republican Party would embrace a “great white hope” capable of thwarting the political agenda endorsed by Democrats who control Congress and President Barack Obama.

Jenkins, a Topeka Republican in her first term in Congress, shared thoughts about the GOP’s political future during an Aug. 19 forum at Fisher Community Center in the northeast Kansas community of Hiawatha.

Later in the article, the context of the phrase is explained thusly:

The phrase “great white hope” is frequently tied to racist attitudes permeating the United States when heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson fought in the early 1900s. Reaction to the first black man to reign as champion was intense enough to build support for a campaign to find a white fighter capable of reclaiming the title from Johnson.

Thus far the story has received very little pick-up, though the AP just published the story at 10:50 AM. Prepare for more to come,

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