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House Republicans Meet at a Former Slave Plantation to Practice Talking to Black People

11:06 pm - 01/18/2013
Source: Cord Jefferson gawker

The House Republicans are holding their annual winter retreat in quaint tourist village Williamsburg, Virginia, this weekend in order to recuperate and prepare for upcoming legislative battles. Besides partaking in discussions about the debt ceiling and gun restrictions, GOP congressmen and women will also be getting schooled in the fine art of how to have "successful communication with minorities and women."

One might presume that people elected to high office in America have at least a general understanding of how to talk to and about minorities and women without saying unimaginably offensive things, but one would be wrong. Far too many Republicans have a remarkable way of saying the absolutely worst thing time and again about everything from rape to Kwanzaa. Sadly, a lesson about why it's wrong to equivocate about a woman being raped or why it's not a great idea to make all your House committee chairs white men is exactly what the GOP needs.

And what better place to talk about making inroads with oppressed groups than in a room named after a famous Williamsburg plantation, located in the tony Kingsmill Resort, which itself is on the site of another plantation? The GOP has heard your complaints, blacks and Latinos and women, and they're going to try to suss it out while sitting atop dead slave bones.
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lickety_split 19th-Jan-2013 05:26 am (UTC)
ASHES SCATTERED AT SEA @ the title OMG. I accepted the INSTANT this was in my inbox. I didn't look at the article or the source or shit.

bnmc2005 19th-Jan-2013 06:09 am (UTC)
I know, right? I couldn't even come up witha better one.

You CAN'T make this shit up.
schexyschteve 19th-Jan-2013 05:28 am (UTC)
This is from The Onion, right? It's got to be. It just has to be. They can't honestly be that stupid...could they?

Oh, it seems they are.

Edited at 2013-01-19 05:29 am (UTC)
thecityofdis 19th-Jan-2013 05:31 am (UTC)
i think the article got borked in your c&p - portions of it seem to be missing in like, mid-sentence.
bnmc2005 19th-Jan-2013 06:02 am (UTC)
arrrgh sorry will fix
bmh4d0k3n Again, I Post19th-Jan-2013 06:01 am (UTC)
astridmyrna Re: Again, I Post19th-Jan-2013 07:49 am (UTC)

alryssa 19th-Jan-2013 06:30 am (UTC)
I read about this yesterday and... I don't know, it's like - do you laugh or cry at their completely willful ignorance at this point? Laugh, then cry? Cry, and laugh at the same time?

And this is without looking at the guest list. What there is of it.

daydream11 19th-Jan-2013 06:57 am (UTC)
Where is the white people collection truck?
nesmith 19th-Jan-2013 07:33 am (UTC)
If I fucking facepalmed hard enough to equal this shit I'd have to put my hand through my friggin' head.
astridmyrna 19th-Jan-2013 07:48 am (UTC)
kitschaster 19th-Jan-2013 07:50 am (UTC)
ntensity 19th-Jan-2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
schmanda 19th-Jan-2013 08:28 am (UTC)
What, was the JEB Stuart Conference Room at the Museum of the Confederacy unavailable? (Yes, you can actually rent that out too. Lawd.)
blackjedii 19th-Jan-2013 09:59 am (UTC)
brb hoping there is an outbreak of rather irritating mosquitoes in and around the Northern Neck...
dark_puck 19th-Jan-2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
Alas! It is too cold for the state bird to arrive, especially after yesterday's homg snow.

But maybe we can order some.
sitakhet 19th-Jan-2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
You know, I had hope for like 1 second when reading the title that maybe they were going to a former plantation to learn about history or something...

Too optimistic.
maynardsong 19th-Jan-2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
What's Gawker's source? It's not that I doubt for a second that the GOP /would/ pull shit like this, but Gawker is a blog, and yes, blogs report the truth, but usually they link to a mainstream news source. The Gawker entry hasn't done this. Not about the bit where they talk about the GOP actually holding a meeting at that plantation.
redstar826 19th-Jan-2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
google gives an NY Times article that also mentioned the resort by name, so I'd be pretty confident that this is true
jvmatucha 19th-Jan-2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
I did actually think this was an Onion article when I started to read it...
eversofar 19th-Jan-2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
corinn 20th-Jan-2013 02:31 am (UTC)
Ohhhh myyyyy gawwwd, bwahaha.

Aaaand now I have that song in my head. LOL
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