1. Jim Coughlan Dutchess County Comptroller and State Senate Candidate
Jim Coughlan Dutchess County Comptroller and State Senate candidate tweeted a very offensive comment to African American MSNBC political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry regarding her position on “child-rearing.” Coughlan passionately tweeted, “Unless you’re my wife don’t call them “our” children. Keep your dirty stinking paws off my kid, you damned dirty ape.” In the end, Coughlan “swore” he didn’t know that Perry was black. However, his political peers apparently didn’t buy his claim considering they “distanced themselves from him.”
2. Fox News Channel Host Bob Beckel
Fox News Channel host Bob Beckel expressed adverse judgment on people of Chinese descent, by using a racial slur to accuse them of being a threat to national security after stating, “As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen—uh, Chinese people—how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.” I think the real threat here is claiming that anyone is taught to “do computers.” What does that even mean?
3. Andrew Barovick, Lawyer and Democratic Supporter
Andrew Barovick, a Democratic supporter, made a tactless comment about Republican Lieutenant-Governor candidate Christopher Moss—an African-American sheriff of upstate Chemung County, stating, “In light of election loss, (Moss) mulling offers to be new spokesmodel for either Cream of Wheat or Uncle Ben’s rice.” Of course he apologized after major backlash, which obviously didn’t help him because he ended up resigning from a leadership post at the New York City Bar. I’m sure it wasn’t a voluntary resignation.
4. Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives Pat Garofalo
Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives Pat Garofalo tweeted: Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime. — Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) After receiving major backlash about the tweet, Garofolo apologized claiming that it was his “poor attempt at being funny.” He added that the comment, “unfairly painted all players as lawless…”
5. Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS)
Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) comments that he made during a “shock jock radio program in late 2006 or early 2007,” were exposed in the midst of him running for state senate. Apparently, McDaniel “complained about criticism of an ad showing a white woman holding down a black woman.” ‘Speaking of race. Here’s a heckuva story on race…There’s a white woman, and she’s holding down a black woman. The world’s gone nuts. Listen to this. Minority groups in California screaming that the image is racist. ‘San Francisco politician Tom LeLand says ‘It’s racially charged, unnecessary and clearly offensive to our community.’ Well, she wasn’t holding down a gay guy. She was holding down a —a…anyway.’ Well go ahead and finish your bigotry, McDaniel. “Holding down a” what? And to believe this racist actually won state senate!
6. Democratic Operative Kathy Groob
Democratic Operative Kathy Groob decided to make racist remarks on Twitter towards Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife during Kentucky’s annual “Fancy Farm.” Groob sent out a series of tweets mocking the Asian heritage of McConnell’s wife. Her first tweet says, “Hey Mitch, nothing against your wife and spouses should be off limits; since you mentioned she isn’t from KY, she is Asian.” She went on to tweet, “Google Elaine Chao, #MitchMcConnell’s wife. No mention of Kentucky, she is Asian.” Talking about sticking a foot in your mouth. As expected, Groob apologized for her tactless comments.
7. MSNBC Political Commentator Melissa Harris-Perry
MSNBC Political Commentator Melissa Harris-Perry made a bold comment about Mitt Romney’s son and daughter-in-law adopted a black child when she stated, “Only liberals can adopt black and mixed-race children; conservative are forbidden.” She later apologized.
8. Conservative Radio Host Rush Limbaugh
Conservative Radio Host Rush Limbaugh stated on his radio show, “Now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba [actor], a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland. But that’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably even point this out.” You got that right, Limbaugh. Racist and ignorant as well.
9. Bloomberg Politics
Bloomberg Politics tweeted “a special investigation” image of President Barack Obama and buffalo chicken wings. Racial stereotyping at its best. The tweet was immediately deleted shortly after being posted, but not before it was screen shot and gone viral.