Newt Gingrich to Juan Williams: Capitalism Is Not Racist

AWR Hawkins, Big Government, January 17, 2012

A funny thing happened in the GOP debate in South Carolina last night.  FOX NEWS’ Juan Williams implied racism in Speaker Newt Gingrich’s defense of capitalism, and Gingrich did not back down:

Williams: Speaker Gingrich, you recently said, “Black Americans should demand jobs, not food stamps.” You also said, “Poor kids lack a strong work ethic,” and proposed having them work as janitors in their schools. Can’t you see that this is viewed, at a minimum, as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?

After Williams asked this question, about three people applauded somewhat timidly, but there was mostly silence in anticipation of how Gingrich might dig himself out of this one.  He had been put on the spot in front of the world by a media spokesperson who not only opposed Gingrich’s position, but who himself was black, and who views almost everything through the lenses of race.

But Gingrich did not fold. Instead he looked at Williams and responded: “No, I don’t see that.” In other words, Gingrich was saying “No, I don’t see how capitalism is racist nor do I see how a defense of capitalism is racist.” The venue exploded with applause and cheers.


Said Williams:

The suggestion you made was about a lack of work ethic. And I’ve got to tell you, my email account and twitter account have been inundated by people of all races who are asking if your comments are not intended to belittle the poor and racial minorities…[People have asked] why you refer to President Obama as the “food stamp President.” It sounds like you’re trying to belittle people.

As the audience booed Williams, Gingrich responded:

Juan, the fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any President in American history. I know among the politically correct you are not supposed to use facts that are uncomfortable.  Second, you are the one who earlier raised the key point. The area that ought to be I-73 was called by Barack Obama “a corridor of shame” because of unemployment. Has it improved in three years? No. They haven’t built a road, they haven’t helped the people, they haven’t done anything.

As the applause grew to unprecedented levels, Williams retreated. He literally just sat silently, staring straight ahead, while Gingrich rose above the applause to say:

One last thing…I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their Creator with the right to pursue happiness, and if that makes liberals unhappy, I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn to get a better job and learn some day to own the job.


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  • I hate to be the party pooper, but soaring and lucid rhetoric doesn’t solve problems.  If it did, President Obama would have engineered paradise.

    Who does Newt think he’s fooling?  A lot of people, apparently, for he got what was said to be the very first standing ovation at a Presidential debate for a candidate’s specific words or ideas.

    First, who says that all these black and Hispanic teenagers really want to work?  Second, why is it assumed that there will necessarily be a continuum from those that do to many of them starting their own business? 

    Third, notice Newt talked about all the teenagers that could be hired for this or that job for what union janitors are paid — This sounds like a nice convenient candy-coated scheme to break the Democrat-leaning public employee unions in dark blue cities and states.  Not that I’m a big fan of public employee unions, but I just happen to note the disparate political consequence of Newt’s ideas.

    Otherwise, this is the same kind of “big government conservatism” (Newt’s own words) and “opportunity society” malarkey which drove the subprime housing crisis.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you, but I don’t see anyone talking any real sense because they are too tied to either, or both, their ideology and their supporting special interests. 

      This country is so polarized and so dysfunctional on any level one might care to consider that I have come to see that there will be no resolution.  Everything is broken and will not be repaired.   And it isn’t just one system or another, it is the people, most of them.

      I’ve got one good example that I noticed today having to do with morals and ethics;

      I happened to catch the FOX News show The Five today.  They were discussing the lyrics of a rap singer who used the “B” word in a song that he was apparently going to sing at the opening of a baseball game.  The discussion was whether the “artist” ought to be compelled to change the word.  One young female panel member said that not only was she a fan, but censoring lyrics to a song is a potential ride down that slippery slope to general censorship!  Two other panel members one female and one male (the leftist of the five) basically went along with it although they had no idea who the “artist” was anyway.

      My head exploded with a myriad of objections!  This issue should not be one of censorship the the appropriateness of having such an “artist” honored by singing any of his trashy, anti-white, anti-female gangsta rap junk at a public event like a baseball game.  What it illustrates is how far down the trail even main stream conservatives have gone.  When garbage like J Z is considered fit for public consumption and not forced underground, and even touted by conservatives on a FOX News program, it demonstrates the level of moral and ethical decline in America in general.  And these are  conservative journalists (most of them) who no doubt consider themselves practicing Christians.

      There is little reason to believe that some social change is going to occur that will bring people back to what we might call a move toward increased civility.  The ship is adrift, no one has a hand on the tiller any longer.  They don’t even know what a tiller is or what it’s for.

      • Anonymous

        Most of those self-styled “conservatives” on Fox News(whichever one – they’re all essentially interchangable) are no better on the issues that matter than the “liberals” they are constantly moaning and groaning about!

        • Anonymous

          Right.  And Kimberly Guilfoyle was married to Gavin Newsom for Pete’s sake.  Yes, that Gavin Newsom. 

  • Anonymous

    Gingrich won, but it’s an empty victory.  By insisting capitalism isn’t “racist,” he effectively conceded that if it was, radical changes to the system would be required.  In other words, in implicitly admitting that “racism” shouldn’t be tolerated, he allowed Williams, a black “moderate” hack journalist, to claim the high moral ground.  

  • Oil Can Harry

    Clueless loudmouth Chris Matthews says it was racist for Gingrich to address Williams by his first name.

  • Anonymous

    Well, in all fairness if my real name was Quintorris Jones I’d rather be called Julio as well.

  • Anonymous

    But capitalism IS racist (meaning that different races will do very differently under it).  The same can be said about any other economic system — even those that try the hardest to make everyone “equal.”  This is because Mother Nature is the biggest racist of all.

  • Anonymous

    White guilt doesn’t sell, anti-Whites are not loved but hated is the message here.

  • Newt Gingrich’s dream world:  A 14-year old work as school janitor for sub-minimum wage, so he can have enough money to support his one wife and three mistresses.

  • Anonymous

    A multi-racial society is basically unkind because it creates tremendous social upheaval so there is cover for the major predators that are the enemies of all mankind.
    We are living in the collapse phase when the parasite has totally gutted the host.  Time to get back to our roots and its not multi-racial.
    When WHITES are free to be white again, and we get rid of our psychopaths, it won’t take long to rebuild society.
    In the meantime take in the wisdom inherent in this statement of reality:

    Africa for Africans, Asia for Asians, White Countries for Everybody

  • You are overlooking that a socialistic society can only maintain itself as long as the beneficiaries comprise a small part of it while the producers and workers, who involuntarily support the beneficiaries through taxes, largely dominate the society. In your assertion that all productive citizens are better off in a capitalistic society, they would flock away from socialistic societies, leaving them with no one to pay into the system, which would cause their collapse.

    I think it’s not that complicated…  So don’t let your head ache.

  • Judeo Capitalism is destroying the United States.

  • Anonymous

    What a tough White guy Newt Gingrich is to talk back to a NW reporter. Whites in South Carolina go ga-ga Newt’s the man! Maybe Newt can get Ted Nugent and Hank Williams Jr. to endorse Newt for President and also endorse a great patriotic war against Iran!

    American Renaissance readers should consider becoming American ex-pats for the intolerable 2 year US presidential election cycle.