Republicans Waiting for a ‘Great White Hope,’ Says GOP Rep

August 27, 2009

(ChattahBox)—According to Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), the Republicans are waiting for a “great white hope” to step up from the ranks of the Republican party to defeat that black man in office, President Barack Obama. Rep. Jenkins made her inappropriate and racially tinged remark during a recent town hall meeting and she is catching some flak for it this week, after a story was written about it in the Topeka Capitol-Journal.

Freshman Rep. Jenkins held a town hall meeting on August 19, in Hiawatha Kansas. And made her inflammatory remarks in response to a question from an audience member, asking if the Republican Party had plans for a future policy blueprint.

Jenkins answered by saying: ‘”Republicans are struggling right now to find ‘the great white hope.'” “I suggest to any of you who are concerned about that, who are Republican, there are some great young Republican minds in Washington,” said Jenkins.

Jenkins went on to name three white Congressmen, as examples of a “great white hope.” She named, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif) Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-Wis) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). “So don’t, you know, lose faith if you are a conservative,” said Jenkins.

The phrase, “great white hope” has long been associated with racism and originated during the time a black fighter, Jack Johnson rose to become the heavyweight-boxing champion in the 1900s. A campaign began to find a white fighter, “a great white hope” to reclaim the title away from a black man.

When the white fighter, James J. Jeffries finally agreed to face Johnson in 1910 he said, “I am going into this fight for the sole purpose of proving that a white man is better than a Negro.” The fight took place before an all-white crowd with loud chants of “kill the nigger.” Jeffries was knocked down two times and finally conceded in the 15th round.

It’s hard to accept that Rep. Jenkins is not aware of the history of Jack Johnson and the racist search for a “great white hope”

After inquiries from the newspaper, Mary Geiger, a spokeswoman for Jenkins said, the reference to a great white hope wasn’t meant to denote a preference by Jenkins for politicians of a particular “race, creed or any background.”

There may be some misunderstanding there when she talked about the great white hope,” Geiger said. “What she meant by it is they have a bright future. They’re bright lights within the party.”

Watch the video of Jenkins’ statements:



9 Responses to “Republicans Waiting for a ‘Great White Hope,’ Says GOP Rep”

  1. Okpulot Taha on August 27th, 2009 5:57 pm

    Shoot, this “great white hope” ruckus is nothing more than typical political correctness mule manure being played up by both our mainstream media and left liberals. This is all so very childish.

    Our expression “great white hope” is, today, mainstream Americana. Nothing racist about this. A word or an expression is only insulting or racist when wrapped within a context of hatred.

    Lynn Jenkins did not wrap her words within hatred. Her context is clear and is free of any hatred.

    Annoys me to no end all this political correctness mule manure. Annoys me more these people jumping up then screaming and hollering about a bunch of political correctness nonsense.

    This red skin girl says to those mule manure people, “Sit down, shut-up and quit acting so childish.”

    Okpulot Taha
    Choctaw Nation
    Puma Politics

  2. Jeremy - Long Beach on August 27th, 2009 6:38 pm

    When it’s Obama in office, and a person lists three white people as their “great white hope” against that black man, then it is a racist statement. That is what those words were invented for. It’s not Americana, and unless you’re ignorant of the phrases usage and meaning you are a racist. The words she used and the context in which they are used either denotes a racially motivated hatred, or a very ignorant person who doesn’t understand how racist the words “great white hope” are to African Americans and anyone else who hates the bigotry that phrase represents. The spokesperson tries to say “oh they are bright lights in the party” but that’s just a load of political wiggling trying to get out of what they know was a racist phrase. If a black elected official had said we need a “great black hope” to replace Bush in 2005, there would have been a weekly segment on conservative talk shows about how racist that person is and how that represents the entire democrat party.

    If Jenkins were to apologize and admit that she either didn’t understand the racial implication of her words or didn’t realize how offensive that phrase is, then I’d say she’s not a racist and should be given a second chance. But until then, the (R) next to her name stands for Racist and not Republican. I wouldn’t be surprised if most republicans distance themselves from her and her comments immediately.

  3. marty on August 27th, 2009 6:46 pm

    This is racist. And to cover it up with “but I did not mean for it to be racist” does no good, just like calling someone any insulting name and then saying “no offense intended.”

    The idea of defeating a black President with a Great White Hope cannot be seen any other way.

    Okpulot Taha, you have some learning to do about about normal social graces.

  4. Okpulot Taha on August 27th, 2009 7:47 pm

    Jeremy and Marty, you claim this expression “great white hope” to be racist because you want this to be a racial slur to legitimize your complaining. You are simply engaging in deceit to satiate your personal agenda.

    Okpulot Taha
    Choctaw Nation
    Puma Politics

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  6. Old Man Dotes on August 28th, 2009 12:35 pm

    The simple fact is that the GOP is the Party of racism and the White Supremacists, just as the Fox Network is the media outlet for racists and hate-mongers.

    Any member of the GOP who does not want to be viewed as a racist has to be extra careful to avoid *any* reference to color (except possibly to the Blue Man Group) because any person who is capable of rational thought *will* interpret color references as racist; the GOP has demonstrated their racist policies and even supported terrorists, as long as those terrorists were White.

    My wife is part Irish and part Creek; I’m a Heinz 57 of European ancestry; we both see the GOP and the racist policies of the GOP for what they are.

  7. TU on September 5th, 2009 4:15 am

    And like Jeffries, your “great white hope” may very well get his ass knocked out too. LOL!

  8. TU on September 5th, 2009 4:16 am

    And like Jeffries, your “great white hope” may very well get his tail knocked out too. 🙂

  9. Chattahs on March 6th, 2010 8:51 pm

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