It never fails: the whiter the primary state, the more Republican candidates talk about black people. Whereas Iowa was a creamy 89% white, New Hampshire is downright eggshell at 92%. So shortly after Rick Santorum made some murky comments of his own, Newt Gingrich heaved himself onto a podium in Plymouth, NH to talk about black people and how they need to get off food stamps.

Discussing a highly-hypothetical invitation to speak to the NAACP, Gingrich said the following:

"I'm prepared, if the NAACP invites me, I'll go to their convention and talk about why the African American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps," Gingrich said.

The former House speaker has made a habit of calling President Obama the 'food stamp president' — a nickname he used on Thursday as well — and has often painted the contrast between himself and Mr. Obama as a choice between paychecks and food stamps."

Or, in other words the choice between "hard-working" (read: white) values and "freeloading" (read: black) ones. But if that loathsome insinuation isn't clear enough for everyone, Newt will be more than happy to explain in verbose detail. In fact he insists on it.

Of course, in all fairness, it should be noted that Newt's ability to condescend to people transcends race, as it's his standard MO. For someone named after a tiny salamander, the man has a more-than-healthy ego residing in that already Mt.-Rushmore-sized head. But we can at least agree with Gingrich that we could all use more paychecks. After all, if, like Newt, you plan to rack up a half-million dollars worth of diamond debt at Tiffany's, you're gonna need 'em.

Commentarium (34 Comments)

Jan 06 12 - 3:53pm

I'm sure all my African-American attorney and writer friends will appreciate Newt's advice. What a hateful, hateful man.

Jan 06 12 - 4:29pm

It is obviously implied toward blacks who are receiving aid and who are likely unemployed or underemployed. I think he is right. If a black man would be saying this he'd be supported by some though not all of the black community.

Jan 06 12 - 6:43pm

Be careful.. Haven't you heard it's racist to think non-contributing members of a community should find a better way to support themselves then rely on government aid? =/

Jan 06 12 - 7:30pm

Joe, food stamp use is high in black communities but the majority of people receiving food stamps aren't black, so why constantly single out that group?

The truth is, Gingrich knew exactly what he was doing, coming to super-white New Hampshire and trotting out the old canard that poor minorities receiving government handouts are the cause of all our problems.

If you want to type food assistance recipients by their race, the biggest recipients nationally are white people. Heck in New Hampshire 88.4% of people on food stamps are white.

The Dept. of Agriculture has detailed stats on this if you're interested.

Jan 06 12 - 8:52pm

Ok, Stefan, please substantiate that "Gringrich knew exactly what he was doing," meaning, in your hateful manner that he was being bigoted. I guess you're a lot smarter than Gingrich, given that you could find the FDA report and Gingrich - he's only a PhD, after all - couldn't.

Your observation that "white" people - a meaningless term, btw - receive the bulk of assistance is meaningless given the majority status in the sampling pool. How about pulling your head out of your ass and dig a bit deeper.

It's people like you who support "the soft bigotry of low expectations," in GWB's words, and people like you are destroying the black community in the US.

Jan 07 12 - 1:14am

Wow. Reading these Perhaps I should be happy that an unexpected segment of the population is reading Nerve, but these readers certainly don't seem to be engaging with the article. If you aren't going to bother qualifying your comments with some history, you clearly don't mind sounding like a racist either. Instead of reprimanding (writers I'm sure you view as) mindless liberals, why don't you defend Newt Gingrich by telling us what he DID mean, in terms that don't make him seem like a total racist? Clearly he can't be bothered to do that for himself....

Jan 07 12 - 1:19am

By the way "Bro", you chose the perfect screen name.

Jan 07 12 - 5:26pm

Thanks, Caitlyn. I, too, am disgusted by the liberal racism displayed here.

Jan 08 12 - 9:31am

Sorry, Bro, you misunderstood me. I think you're an ass.

Jan 11 12 - 8:17pm

I understood you. I wanted to see if I could make you be more of an ass. Thanks!

Jan 06 12 - 4:02pm

I think he paid down the Tiffany's line of credit with the loot he was paid for lobbying for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Jan 07 12 - 5:28pm

I think he was helping Michelle with her $250000+ Hawaii wardrobe. I loved that as she was out there wearing a $10000 outfit, she was emailing me asking for $3 (or more, of course). No thanks, I want some real hope and change.

Jan 06 12 - 4:17pm

DEMAND paychecks? I think that's called a union, Newt.

Jan 06 12 - 5:07pm

How exactly does someone demand a paycheck? Is anyone really satisfied on food stamps? When is the last time this guy paid for a meal??

Jan 06 12 - 6:38pm

I think Newt should stop abandoning his wives and hop-scotching religions. And as far as freeloading, stats show more whites avail themselves to social services than those layabout black and brown people. But he already knew that, right?

Jan 06 12 - 8:54pm

You're assertion is meaningless. What is the ratio relative to population?

Jan 06 12 - 10:25pm

Your. Seriously, it's not that hard.

Jan 06 12 - 6:40pm

Reality breeds stereotype... maybe it's time to take a look at why he said what he said vs. just what he said.

Jan 06 12 - 7:48pm

I agree. We definitely should look at *why* Gingrich said this: It's because he's a racist. Glad to be of help here.

Jan 06 12 - 8:55pm

@profrobert - And you're a bigot. Glad we got that squared away.

Jan 06 12 - 11:14pm

right back at cha! Na! How about you back up your bullshit with some evidence, y'all? Oh that's right, we're talking politics, not truth. May you all go fuck yourselves.

Jan 07 12 - 3:52am

Calling people out on their racism does not make one a bigot. You are not being judged based on anything other than your actions. And your actions indicate that you believe that people strive for and are contented with food stamps; that there is an abundance of available jobs that they are rejecting; and that most poor people are black/most black people are poor. Of course, poverty in general can't be a problem -- black poverty is the problem. Because if we're talking about poverty in general, one might think issues like education, jobs, and labour rights might come into play -- but if it's just black poverty, well, it's probably because they're all so fucking lazy, amiright?

Jan 07 12 - 5:19pm

Yeah, because robert so completely detailed how Gingrich is racist by say, "[i]t's because he's racist." Game, set, match - Gingrich is a racist. The problem with this - like so many things liberals believe - is not that liberals not too little, it's that they know so much that isn't true.

If you disagree with Gingrich, have at it. Name calling just makes you look silly.

Jan 07 12 - 5:24pm

"Calling people out on their racism does not make one a bigot"

Very true. Pointing out that certain traits correlate with race also does not make one a racist.

'Of course, poverty in general can't be a problem -- black poverty is the problem. "

Poverty "in general" impacts African Americans more than (some) other groups. Are the statistics racist or just those who acknowledge them?

"Because if we're talking about poverty in general, one might think issues like education, jobs, and labour rights might come into play -- but if it's just black poverty, well, it's probably because they're all so fucking lazy, amiright?"

Yeah, increasing the cost of labor ("labour rights") isn't the answer. The answer lies in opportunity. And please don't trot out the whole "lazy" issue. Gingrich didn't bring it up, no one here brought it up. Introducing it into the argument is projection on your part and it's disgusting.

Jan 08 12 - 9:35am

@profrobert - Most poor people in China are not black. Have at it.

Jan 17 12 - 11:13pm

To bro - this isnt china! You might as well of said most poor people in spain are not spanish!

Jan 17 12 - 11:18pm

I will also say this. If you keep extending unemployement and keep handing out more free shit who the hell is ever going to look for a job! Damn you have food stamps, SSN, disability, VA! All the lazy people (and I mean ALL LAZY PEOPLE) need now is free healthcare. IM TIRED OF PAYING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO SIT AT HOME AND DO NOTHING WHILE I BUST MY ASS EVERYDAY!

Jan 06 12 - 6:56pm
ablravel and

He's obliquely pointing out a key part of Democratic strategy: a good portion of the Democratic voter base are folks who rely on government handouts, and the Dems retain that power by making damn sure those folks continue to need them. They're not interested in advancing the poor, they are only interested in keeping them poor and dependent. And what's even sadder is that these folks don't realize they are being manipulated; all they see is these "kind Democrats" are helping them, when in fact they are doing anything but.

Jan 06 12 - 8:37pm

So Newt trotos out one pice of the racist claptrap used to lure poor whites to vote for the Republicans against their better interests, and you have to trot out another. You silly old troll, we've heard this nonsense before.

Jan 06 12 - 11:08pm
cretoda eyes

Nothing racist there... just a pretty accurate depiction of how the Party of Dependency works. Sorry you're too blind to see it.

Oh, and I'm neither old nor a troll nor a Republitard.

Jan 06 12 - 11:16pm

Hm, yeah. How about all those companies that live on the teat of the government? You know, KBR, to use an obvious example, doing jobs the army used to always do for themselves? It's not welfare if your CEOs actually work in government, is that the way of it? You're not a Republican, but you're deceitful anyway. I bet you call yourself a libertarian, don't you.

Jan 07 12 - 9:35pm
startef 1960-1962

The companies that live on the government teat are a HUGE problem too, but one does not excuse the other. Stop redirecting. Those companies are not the topic here, the po' folks who rely on government handouts (and who the Democrats do everything they can to keep them in that position) are.

Jan 08 12 - 10:53am
galudi conventions

"Or, in other words the choice between "hard-working" (read: white) values and "freeloading" (read: black) ones."

That's not what he's saying at all. But Nerve and its liberalista commenters wills use any thin excuse to stereotype a conservative as racist (but when the shoe is on the other foot you guys hate to be stereotyped and start whining).

Jan 11 12 - 11:44pm

Why is person only attacking the Black Commuity when know by fact that the US
economy is down. Everyone is asking for help no matter if you White, Black, and Latino
I think the we the" People " of US should come together and come up idea to bring America to the
level it need to be before cutting down benefits. Many business are closing down, the gas is sky high, people are sick and are not getting help, pay rate is low, the cost of living is goin high, medical insurance is high, and we are helping other countries with funds and resources and they don't even repect the US. This year election should be about helping " The People" not about putting race down.