Dr. Wilmer Leon: Sununu’s Not So Veiled Bigotry Speaks Volumes


 Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

 Retired four-star general, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former National Security Advisor, former Secretary of State and current Republican Colin Powell has endorsed the reelection of President Obama.  Powell stated, “I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on…I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012.”  Speaking on the domestic agenda Powell said, “When he (Obama) took over, the country was in very, very difficult straits…close to a depression … we were in real trouble…” Reflecting on Gov. Romney’s foreign policy initiatives Powell opined, “I’m not quite sure which Governor Romney we’d be getting with respect to foreign policy,” calling Romney’s foreign policy “a moving target.”


In response to Gen. Powell’s endorsement former New Hampshire Governor and top adviser to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, stated, “…I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being president of theUnited States; I applaud Colin for standing with him.”  If Sununu’s race-bating of Powell’s endorsement is accurate, how does Sununu explain the fact that most polls show Romney loosing his home state ofMassachusettswhere White people represent 84.1% of the population and African Americans make up only 7.8%?  How does Sununu explain the fact that most polls predict that Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be unable to deliver his home state to the Republican ticket?  InWisconsin, Whites make up 88.4% of the population and African Americans make up only 6.5%.  Sununu can’t race-bate polls showing Romney loosing his birth state ofMichigan(where his father was Governor) where Whites make up 80.2 % of the population and African Americans make up 14.3%.


Sununu can not race-bate the fact thatUtah’s largest newspaper slammed their Mormon brother Mitt Romney and endorsed President Obama.  The Salt Lake Tribune called him “the party’s shape-shifting nominee.”  The editorial board hoped, “ …that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem-solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago…Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb.”  Sununu can not even use race to explain the polls showing Romney loosing in Sununu’s home state of New Hampshire where Whites make up 94.6% of the population and African Americans 1.3%.

Sununu’s not so veiled bigotry speaks volumes about him as well as those he supports.  He has called the president “foreign;” stated that the president does not know how to be American; called him lazy and classless.  It’s Sununu who has had the unmitigated gal to accuse the president of dividing the country along racial lines. Not once has the man that Sununu is advising, Mitt Romney, come out and publicly admonished him.  His silence can only indicate tacit approval and concurrence.

Sununu’s not alone.  Recently, Republican and Tea Party darling Sarah Palin has jumped back into the fray.  On her Facebook page she posted, “Obama’s Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies” and later tweeted, “President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with theseBenghazilies must end.”  Shuckin’ and Jivin’ is a slang term for the behavior of joking and acting facetiously, historically attributed to African slaves in the American South. Slaves lying and teasing during corn-shucking season became a part of the protective and evasive behavior normally adopted toward white people.  It was thenNew Yorkattorney general Andrew Cuomo in 2008 who first used this term in reference to Senator Obama in his race against Hilary Clinton.

To add insult to injury, Donald Trump is now calling for President Obama to release hisColumbiaandHarvardUniversityrecords.  Trump said, “I have a deal for the president, a deal that I don’t believe he can refuse…If Barack Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications and if he gives his passport applications and records, I will give to a charity of his choice … a check, immediately, for $5 million! The check will be given within one hour after he releases all of the records so stated.”   When was the last time a sitting president was asked to show his transcripts?

This all comes down to President Obama disrupting Sununu’s, Trump’s, Romney’s and others sense of White privilege.  As Lauren Burke from Politic365 stated, Obama with a Kenyan father and White single mother is not supposed to be where he is today.  He defies the stereotype.  He has what all of Trump’s millions and sense of privilege can not acquire, a seat at the desk in the Oval Office.

Frederick Douglas said it best, “If he (a colored man) comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence.”

Sununu’s not so veiled bigotry speaks volumes.

Dr. WilmerLeonis the Producer/ Host of the nationally broadcast call-in talk radio program “Inside the Issues with  WilmerLeon,” and a Teaching Associate in the Department of Political Science atHowardUniversityinWashington,D.C. Go to, , email:

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