Stewart Acuff

Oct 2

Republican Hatred and Misogyny

By now I hope we all know that Republican Senatorial candidate Todd Akin in Missouri said with a straight face that a woman’s body will prevent pregnancy after a legitimate rape.

Legitimate rape? Are you shitting me? Rape is a violent act whether the violence is a beating, a gun, a knife, the threat of violence against a child, food, a job. Rape is rape, and I’m damn sick of old men older than me acting like they understand the most private aspects of a woman’s life.

Now Akin got caught on camera saying that its okay to pay women less than men.

All that is bad enough, but what’s worse is that the entire Republican Party is lining up for him, to fund him, to support him.

Let’s be clear. The Republican Party is the party of misogyny. Do you think it’s okay to violate a woman after you’ve drugged her? I know a woman who was raped because the man threatened a gang rape. Is that violent? Would you want your daughter to be raped to protect her son or daughter?

This is sickening. And the Republican Party is sickening. The Republican Party is misogynist.

Republican haters and misogynists are not just in Missouri.

Some of the most despicable racism in this election season is being intentionally used as a political tactic in the Massachusetts Senate race.

Republican Scott Brown has intentionally used Elizabeth Warren’s Cherokee and Delaware heritage against her, going so far as to send his staff out to chant anti-Native and anti-Indian chants against her.

All this proves beyond Brown’s racism is his ignorance. Warren is from Oklahoma. Anyone with a passing knowledge of American history knows that the Southeastern Native people were forcibly moved off their lands and out of their homes to Oklahoma. There are an awful lot of American Indians in Oklahoma and across America whose looks don’t fit Scott Brown’s ignorant stereotype.

The good people of Massachusetts should be ashamed to vote for an ignorant bigot like Scott Brown.

Scott Brown is trying to take us back to the quadroon rules of the 18th and 19th Louisiana.

As someone whose heritage includes Scots-Irish, Cherokee, African-American, and Chickasaw, I am incensed by Scott Brown’s intentional ignorant bigotry. By the way, racist Brown what do those of us with mixed heritage look like? Do I look white enough for you or Indian enough for you or Black enough for your racist ignorance?


Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

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