There was a time not so long ago when racism in America was institutionalized. It was a winning political platform especially among Southern Democrats. The 1964 Civil Rights Act caused the party to split and the racist became Republicans (as Pres. Lyndon Johnson predicted).
The only thing that has changed is that more moderate (educated) Republicans don’t pronounce their racism publicly but rarely take a stand against it.
Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.
Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments: “You tell em Eric! lol.”
Piker (Eric S.) is just an ignorant racist, but Audra Sigler Shaw is an ignorant racist endorsed by Bobby Jindal for President of the Young Republicans.
This pattern of racial remarks from grassroots Republican politicos highlights a real problem: As the party tacks right, it seems increasingly reluctant to challenge folks on its fringe for fear of offending the base—even, in this case, by failing to immediately rebuke racist supporters on a [Young Republicans] Facebook page. Let’s say that Shay’s “LOL” response was the online equivalent of nervous laughter, the kind of passive response to racist jokes that may have once been considered acceptable in pool halls and country clubs of the past. In the Internet era, it offers indelible evidence of acquiescing to something evil in our politics. There is a fear-based paralysis, a lack of moral clarity, which is in direct contradiction to their historic role as the Party of Lincoln.
It is the obligation of all Republicans to stand up against the racism so deeply rooted in their party, starting with Bobby Jindal.
But don’t hold your breath. Spineless people prefer to run and hide. Case in point: Both Audra Sigler Shay and Eric S Piker have disappeared from Facebook…just more racism shoved back into the shadows.