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Senior vice president of NAACP decries Santorum and Gingrich

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, January 5, 2012 22:40 EDT
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Hilary Shelton, senior vice president of the NAACP, said Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich utilized stereotypes about African Americans that were “not only offensive, but factually inaccurate.”

Both candidates linked African Americans to welfare this week. Gingrich suggested Thursday that African Americans would rather collect food stamps than find employment. Santorum said Monday he didn’t want to give welfare to “black people.” Instead, he wanted to “give them the opportunity to go out and earn their money.”

Shelton noted their comments did not reflect the facts. White Americans account for the largest percentage of welfare payments each month.

“Taking away that safety net is not only irresponsible but it’s downright dangerous and it’s unfair to the American people,” he added.

Shelton described the candidates’ comments as unnecessary and ignorant. “If people see this as being truthful, it is downright dangerous.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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