Martin Luther King Day, GOP Candidates, & Black People With Unpaid Electricity Bills

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There’s something creepy about uttering the words, “Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.” When I hear it — no matter who says it — I feel like I should be getting flowers and gifts delivered to my house from all my white friends. Yeah, it’s like Black folks appreciation day day or something; and yes, I suppose we have Martin Luther King Jr. and all the slaves who revolted with him in the 1960s to thank for this. Speaking of which, I guess it’s safe to say that the current field of GOP candidates are going all out to corner the Black vote this year. I mean, nothing says, “I love Black people,” more than going to a Black church on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day like Newt Gingrich did yesterday. But then again, giving a broke and struggling Black woman fifty dollars cash on the campaign trail to assist in paying her electricity bill like Mitt Romney did raises the bar.

Sumter, South Carolina (CNN) – Mitt Romney gave a handful of cash Saturday to a woman who had told him she was struggling financially after an event in Sumter, South Carolina.

An aide said the GOP candidate gave the supporter “what he had on him” – about $50 or $60.

The woman, Ruth Williams, met Romney earlier in the week and told him she was having trouble making ends meet. On Saturday, Romney recognized Williams while he was shaking hands with supporters after a rally, an aide said.

Romney spoke to the woman and handed her several bills.

“He was kind to me,” Williams said. “He held onto me and he made Gov. [Nikki] Haley and them come see about me.”

Williams told reporters that on Wednesday she had seen Romney’s campaign bus on the highway and followed it to an airport. Aides then invited her to come meet the former governor at an event in Columbia.

“I was on the highway praying and said, ‘God, tell me how to get [my] lights on, and I pulled up to a stop sign and his bus was there,'” Williams said.

Williams has been out of work since October and is caring for an ill son. She said that after meeting Romney she had also met South Carolina state treasurer and Romney supporter Curtis Loftis, and said he had given her money. She said she used the money to pay her light bill.

A Romney campaign aide confirmed Loftis had given Williams money.

Williams has been volunteering at Romney’s state headquarters in Columbia since the original meeting, she said.

“God didn’t tell me to go to nobody else,” she said when asked whether she had approached other presidential candidates. “He told me to pray for Romney.”

The cash gift is notable from a candidate who has said he would not give away “free stuff” as president but rather would focus on cutting back on federal spending and stimulating private sector growth. (source)

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My guess is that now that Jon Huntsman has dropped out, this puts Rick Santorum in a precarious position. I mean, how can he top what those two other guys did? Him being the good christian candidate who has managed to capture a major evangelical endorsement. My guess is that he’ll be passing out free fried chicken, watermelon slices, and grape Kool Aid on every campaign stop down in South Carolina for the next week. Now I don’t know about you, but it’s kinda funny how the first state to secede over slavery is now the hot bed for racial politics, right?

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No word on how well all of this will play out given the loyalty of the Black community to the evil Kenyan Marxist slave owner that is Barack Obama. But I guess for now, what’s important is that a few Black babies will be kissed by very wealthy white men running vying to become America’s 43rd president. This is all unprec3dented, folks; and I can’t wait to see what they do for Black History Month in a few weeks. I’m afraid that with our short memories, gestures such as these will up the ante for president Obama. At the end of the day, it’s kind of nice that Martin Luther King Jr. lived and died so that we can remind wealthy white men about poor lowly Black folks. So in closing, I say to my fellow Black people: It’s Martin Luther King Day – have you hugged a racist lately?