Maine GOP chair: “I play basketball every Sunday with a black guy”

Does he play “banker” with his Jewish friend too?

You’ll recall that earlier in the week we wrote about the chairman of the Republican party in Maine, Charlie Webster, who was very concerned about reports that “dozens” of black people were voting a week ago Tuesday (or as I call them, “binders full of black people”) Being a good Republican, Webster’s mind went to vote fraud. If he’d been a Democrat, he’d have thought “how nice, historically under-represented minorities are exercising their rights of citizenship.”

Webster is now sorry if any of it sounded racist.  And he’d like you to know about his black friend, who plays basketball:

“There’s nothing about me that would be discriminatory. I know black people. I play basketball every Sunday with a black guy. He’s a great friend of mine.

In all fairness, not that the party whose entire presidential campaign was built on a never-ending series of lies deserves our fairness, but I’ve never been a great fan of the “guilt by association with the ‘some of my best friends are” line.

In truth, having black friends does suggest that you’re probably not a total total racist.  The thing is, racism, or sexism, or anti-Semitism, or homophobia are all a lot more subtle than whether you have friends or not among any particular category.  You can have gay friends you play basketball with, but still be against gay marriage and think that gays would make bad parents (and I think each of those views is based on a kernel of prejudice, whether the holder of those beliefs realizes it or not).

So the “having friends” defense is hardly absolute.  But it’s also hardly the “gotcha!” people tend to make of it either, IMHO.  Having gay friends is a step towards understanding us, and appreciating us as real human beings.  Perhaps people recoil at the line because so many bigots use the defense as some kind of “get out of jail free” card, to prove that they’re not bad people.

Webster went on to explain why the appearance of “six or eight or ten” black people voting in Maine made him immediately think of voter fraud:

Six or Eight Black men, Dutch Christmas

Two of the traditional six or eight black men who accompany the Dutch version of Santa (via Shutterstock)

“I regret saying the word black because it wasn’t like I was singling out black,” Webster said. “The reason I said it, ‘cause I don’t know where you live, but where I come from in rural Maine, it’s a small percentage of the population. I think we’re the whitest state in the country. So if you go to the polls and see people who are black, it’s unusual. And when you see a lot of people who are black, like six or eight or ten people, you think, ‘Wow, where do they live?’ That was my point.”

Six or eight black people?  What a minute, I know this story:

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81 Responses to “Maine GOP chair: “I play basketball every Sunday with a black guy””

  1. Leslie Penna says:

    Jews as in originally from Israel Jews? Yeah pretty sure they were brown, ya know, being israeli and all…

  2. You have been taught fear well.

  3. The Jews were white.

  4. arcadesproject says:

    Um, in a house?

  5. karmanot says:

    I bet you have a tongue bead.

  6. karmanot says:

    I watched an Al Jolson movie once.

  7. mc1964 says:

    “I’m not racist! In fact, some of my favourite servants are black!”

  8. First they came for the ignorant, but I said nothing…

  9. Seriously, dude, have ya considered medical attention?

  10. And ya have a problem with this?

  11. Every unborn life is precious… until it is born and needs food stamps, that is.

    Or is unfortunate enough to be black and on death row in Texas.

    Hypocritical right to-lifers!

  12. Nah, more like fifty shades of ignorance.

  13. I have inside information that this ‘gang’ that showed up were conservatives in black-face looking to cast another vote for Teh Mittens.

    What proof do I have… when a basketball was tossed in their direction, they all ducked!

  14. goulo says:

    “LinuxLewis”, at least don’t drag the good name of Linux into the mud with your paranoid racist ramblings…

    You might also want to check the definition of “genocide”. It involves mass murder, not diverse people peacefully living together.

  15. lynchie says:

    But first we come for you

  16. HolyMoly says:

    A few things:

    (1) There IS no master race if we’re all the same color. So why would I be wasting my time with such an ignorant phrase borne out of the toothless mouths of segregationists?

    (2) “Genocide” requires the murder of an entire group of people. Nobody dies according to my plan! Be careful about putting words into other people’s mouths about what they “admit” to. It makes you look like an ignora….uh….it confirms your ignorance.

    (3) What a shame for you that the minority population in this country have finally reached the point where they are politically powerful. What’s the problem? Are you afraid that you might be treated like a second-class citizen? Oh the irony! and it’s totally lost on you.

    (4) You lack the ability to recognize sarcasm even when it’s so glaringly obvious.

  17. BeccaM says:

    Either that, or the meth-cooking fumes.

  18. BeccaM says:

    Y’know, there’s every chance he isn’t even 100% genetically Caucasian.

  19. A reader in Colorado says:

    Then pair yourself with an opposite sex white person and have lots of babies. No one is stopping you. Stand up for “the white race”! LOL.

    Hope you can feed all those hungry mouths.

  20. A reader in Colorado says:

    Actually, it was the Nazis who tortured and murdered six million Jews, gypsies, slavs, homosexuals and others to preserve the “supremacy” of their nonsense view of a blond haired, blue eyed, WHITE “Aryan” race which is neither historically nor genetically justified, since all those people .. those white, blue eyed, blonde haired wonders – came from DIFFERENT PEOPLE – that is, entirely different ethnicities and peoples spanning thousands of years.

    They murdered millions of people for a piece of pure absurdity.

    You are much more like a Nazi than anyone you’re talking to. You see things that seem to look the same to you, and you concoct a fantasy of a “white” race which you deem persecuted, but it is all nonsense. You’re suffering delusions of persecution, because merely having white skin is not a race. and the only reason you are upset about it is you dislike being around non-pale-skinned people, because it makes you feel all funny inside to have to be around too many brown people.

    And this nonsense of genocide – the real genocide was committed by Nazis – who murdered people by the millions, you enormous racist piece of shit. Genocide does not include absorbing differently skin colored people into our culture.

  21. A reader in Colorado says:

    The stupid, it burrnsss! LOL

  22. A reader in Colorado says:

    Whose children would those be? Would they be Anglo Saxon, Slavic, Norse, Welsh, Semitic? Akkadians? Ancient Indo-Europeans? There is no “white race”, just as there is no “black race”, and the word “genocide” doesn’t mean what you seem to think it means.

    What you really mean is you want to be around pale skinned people in order to not have your panties in a bunch, and you that you hate and fear brown and black people.

    I wouldn’t worry about it. You may wet the bed from time to time and have a huge laundry bill cleaning the urine out of your blankies, but it’ll be ok. The evil brown people really mean you no harm.

  23. A reader in Colorado says:

    Learn some history, dolt.

  24. karmanot says:

    I think the mold in your trailer has effected your brain.

  25. karmanot says:

    Changed your name again I see.

  26. karmanot says:

    Indeed David Sedaris is wonderful.

  27. karmanot says:

    But white meat is so yummy if done medium rare.

  28. k3n0bl says:

    FACT = you admit you cannot defend your views.

    Who is the “kool aid drinker” zombeeeee?

  29. karmanot says:

    Keep repeating until the koolaid starts to take effect.

  30. Dolmance says:

    Yeah, like that guy has exercised in the last 20 years.

  31. karmanot says:

    Plus, gays are coming to convert you!

  32. karmanot says:

    Sad attention troll.

  33. karmanot says:

    The only white person I’ve ever seen was a corpse. Do you mean the shades of beige and pink humanoids?

  34. karmanot says:

    I’m not racist either, I eat Wonder bread and can’t dance. :)

  35. karmanot says:

    Good point.And why should we accept and tolerate ‘family’ who say the ‘love’ us and discriminate against gays at every meaningful election.? True families are those that walk the talk.

  36. vaporland says:

    i’m glad i’m not his “black friend”. Gonna be an interesting day on the court sunday…

  37. k3n0bl says:

    At least you ADMIT it is GENOCIDE.

    White people make up 8% of the world’s population.

    ONLY in White countries are we demanded by “anti-racists” to “get together” to create what you anti-whites are calling a “master race”.

    No “anti-racists” are demanding non-White countries be flooded with hundreds of millions of foreigners to mix into one this and that brown mixture; despite non-Whites making up 92 % of the world’s population.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

    It’s genocide.

  38. HolyMoly says:

    Our nefarious plan is much simpler. We have been persuading everyone to keep [email protected]#king each other, generation after generation, until our offspring are all the same color. We have so far been successful. Soon our multiracial minions will visit a town near you! So put away those white sheets and pick a caramel-mocha shade. Your children and their progeny will become assimilated!

  39. k3n0bl says:

    and also correct that you anti-whites will have the same fate as your nazi cousins

  40. k3n0bl says:

    You anti-whites cannot defend your views… so you resort to lame attempts at comedy in a failing attempt to detract.

    Anti-Racist is a code word for Anti-White

  41. lynchie says:

    Correct on all counts

  42. lynchie says:

    Then stop wearing a condom and catch up to us. or do you need the little blue pill or maybe you shoot blanks

  43. k3n0bl says:

    You pretend it isn’t true…YET…

    You will continue DEMANDING that every white country be turned into a non-white country.

    You will continue DEMANDING that white children be DELIBERATELY forced to become minorities in their own countries.

    You WILL continue making excuse after excuse to promote the genocide of white children

    Anti-Racist is a codeword for Anti-White

  44. lynchie says:

    You are finally seeing through our plan. You found us out. You should lie in bed with both eyes open a listen for us coming through your windows

  45. k3n0bl says:

    England, Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, USA are ALL calculated to become non-white because “Anti-Racists” have singled out white children for GENOCIDE

    “We are all human!” does not justify GENOCIDE
    “We all bleed red!” does not justify GENOCIDE
    “Because of history ” does not justify GENOCIDE
    “For the economy” does not justify GENOCIDE
    “A shortage of doctors” does not justify GENOCIDE
    “Race is a social construct!” does not justify GENOCIDE
    “We are all from Africa!” does not justify GENOCIDE

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  46. lynchie says:

    Your right but you only love the child as a cashew nut. After they are born you disown them.

  47. lynchie says:

    Yes we are coming for you and your children.

  48. BeccaM says:

    The white-power racist troll-stench is getting pretty thick in here, John. You might note how one in particular keeps posting the same vile crap over and over.

  49. lynchie says:

    But you see there is no other way than our way. We won the majority and we won. You lost. Y ou get your shot in 4 years when we will kick you testicles down the road like a pop can

  50. BeccaM says:

    Then why did your beloved worshipful Founding Fathers specifically write into the Constitution of the United States of America that a human being originating from the continent of Africa only equaled 3/5 of a person, had no right to vote, and could in fact be the property of a white person? Why did they not think to extend the right to vote to half of the adult American citizens until the 20th century, namely women?

    And then let’s not forget all the laws that displaced the original inhabitants of the American continent, seizing their ancestral lands. And the other laws aimed at keeping out the Irish, Catholics, Asians, Romani, and people from eastern European nations.

    Yeah, so incredibly equal.

  51. k3n0bl says:

    You demand the destruction of white children – you single them out and justify FORCING them to live as minorities in Europe & America.

    And if white children do not embrace the GENOCIDE you demand upon them, you call them names like NAZI & FASCIST.

    Anti-Racist is a code word for Anti-White

  52. k3n0bl says:

    the unadulterated irrefutable TRUTH

  53. k3n0bl says:

    Yes of course – White children don’t even EXIST, unless it’s time to single them out for historical misdeeds or replace them with affirmative action programs.

    This is a tactic called DEHUMANIZATION – which is done by you anti-whites to justify forcing white children into GENOCIDE

    Anti-Racist is a code word for Anti-White

  54. k3n0bl says:

    When you anti-whites are exposed for the genocide you support – you call white children names, harass us & threaten us

    Anti-Racist is a code word for Anti-White

  55. k3n0bl says:

    All you anti-Whites make excuse after excuse to turn every White country into a non-White country – Genocide.

    All you anti-Whites rationalize and justify White children living as minorities in their own homes – Genocide.

    All you anti-Whites justify a future without White children. – Genocide.

    When you are exposed for the genocide you support, you call us names, send us death threats, and get us fired from our jobs.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  56. Zeally88 says:

    oh fffffffff black people at the polling boxes
    bring out the water hoses!!!!!

  57. Zeally88 says:

    wtf did i just read lol………….

  58. Houndentenor says:

    Wow, I just checked and Maine is over 98% white (as of 2000 anyway).

  59. Houndentenor says:

    I smell a troll. What would a Klansman be doing reading Americablog? this is just someone trying to get a reaction from us all.

  60. Houndentenor says:

    He has no idea how racist he sounds and how this gets worse for him every time he opens his mouth.

  61. MyrddinWilt says:

    Umm… he thought it suspicious that there were black people at the polls because there are no black people in the state but he happens to play basketball with black people.

    Either he drives to a different state to play basketball or one of those statements is untrue.

  62. UrbanCamper says:

    Charlie Cheater is pretty famous for the way he treated the Maine delegation of Ron Paul Republicans. He closed the voting down with only 84% of the votes counted. He called off voting in one county due to “snow” . – in Maine! And it never even snowed that day.

  63. Oh yeah, that was gonna come up again soon in any case, and it still will :)

  64. Well, Sparky, I’ve got news for you. I plotted your IP address and you’re hardly from one of the original thirteen colonies, most of which are liberal states that have gay marriage. So if anyone is going to talk about the Founding Fathers, if anyone represents the values of the Founding Fathers, it isn’t you.

  65. Uh, Sparky, you don’t have a “people”.

  66. hauksdottir says:

    Many of the founding fathers *owned* slaves.

    None of them, not even the enlightened Sam Adams, spoke up for women as equal partners in the new government. We wouldn’t have had an independent country if it wasn’t for the women!

    In order to vote, you had to be a white property-owning male.

    So, tell us again about your home-schooling.

  67. NNo you are a stinking bigot who is talked about in the book

    American FAscists – the christian right and the war on America by Chris hedges.

    I think the going cost via search engine is about $15 fdelivered.

    BTW the vicious anti gay example of this is the Framily Research council

    heres their president Tony perkins – he’s a racist

  68. mike31c says:

    God damn, gop pigs just really do show their racism, bigotry and ignorance.

  69. Jeremy Cline says:

    I have a black friend who I’m married to. She cooks awesome fried chicken too.

  70. Sound Judgement says:

    Wow….what a site here. No wonder America is in the trouble it is. In time you will see what will become of us as you dilute reality into your fantasy. The founding fathers and all who built this country want all to be equal. Liberals, eco-freaks, gays, minorities and the lazy seem to want it all their way with no compromise.

  71. Dan Fittro says:

    I’ve always thought that the scariest bigots aren’t the guys in white sheets. The scariest ones are the ones who say they like you or even love you..and think deep down they’re enlightened because they do. They’re proud of themselves on the inside because of how nice they are to gays. Of course they don’t believe in gay marriage or adoption but look how tolerant they are.

    It’s like Chris Rock says about people who say indignantly, “I TAKE CARE of my kids.” What you want..a cookie? You’re supposed to you dumb mother fucker.

    Glad some people aren’t openly rude and hurtful. But they don’t deserve a cookie for it, particularly if they think they should be congratulated for “tolerating” me and my icky gayness.

    You’re absolutely right there’s a kernel of prejudice there and closet bigots can often be much more insidious than ones who are out and proud.

  72. Naja pallida says:

    Acceptance, tolerance and equality is now genocide? I think you should invest in a larger white hood, the one you currently have seems to be cutting off the blood flow to your brain. Though, I must commend you on your use of the word ‘genocide’ as a verb.

  73. JamesR says:

    THANKS for the excuse to repost that awesome David Sedaris clip!

  74. BeccaM says:

    I love David Sedaris, and those vids are definitely worth a view.

  75. GoBlue says:

    Afrikaners are white people. So are Poles, Icelanders, and Andorrans. Whose culture is the “white culture”?

  76. HolyMoly says:

    He sees 6 or 8 or 10 black people and he’s concerned about that? There were Jim Crow laws about too many African-Americans gathering in one spot (“unlawful” assembly), but I guess he didn’t get the memo that those days are over.

    I’d be more concerned about why I DON’T see them any other time of the year — concerned that they’re afraid to be a part of Maine society, concerned that they might be forced to work 2 or 3 jobs and therefore have no time to be seen in public, concerned that they’re not welcome or are made to feel unwelcome in society, concerned that they’re being shut out of clubs, churches, or other institutions due to the color of their skin, etc.

    And how convenient that he claims to have lots of black friends. Funny how all the outspoken racists make that claim, as if it negates anything they have said or done.

  77. LinuxLewis says:

    EVERY White country on the planet is forced to become multicultural and multiracial.

    EVERY white country is told to end its own race and culture.

    No one asks that of ANY non-White country. Immigration and forced-assimilation is for ALL & ONLY White countries.

    Anti-Whites call themselves “anti-racist”, but their words & actions lead to the genocide of only one group: White people.

    The true goal of anti-racism is to genocide my people.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  78. Bose says:

    It’s worth noting the very recent history of election-day voter registration in Maine.

    In 2011, the GOP legislature and governor ENACTED a law banning same-day registration.

    One year ago, 59% of Maine voters REINSTATED election-day registration.

    So, these are fighting words:

    “What I do suggest is that same-day voter registration without voter ID is pretty hard to police, and it’s odd that hundreds of people in a small town would show up.”

    Certainly, though, pragmatic Mainers have the checks and balances in place to ferret out registration fraud.

    Here in Minnesota, I registered to vote at my polling place, minutes before I cast my vote. My proof of residency was my utility bill which was due to be paid within days. (An August bill would not have been OK.) The account number on my utility bill was carefully recorded by the poll worker on the registration form. Since I also have an active MN drivers license, I was required to show that, and its number was recorded. Minnesota will also accept an expired DL or the non-drivers state ID, for good reason: The once-valid IDs could only have been obtained with a valid birth certificate. Of course, my SSN was dutifully recorded on the registration form.

    So, the state of MN now has a buttload of identifying data points on me. When they mail me my voter card, they will notice if it bounces back. Before they even do so, they may check my DL ID against the state database, as well as verify the name and birthdate shown for my SSN.

    I’m confident that Maine and MN are equally diligent and competent in handling voter fraud.

    Webster is just grandstanding, ridiculously, in a vain attempt to win back a few of the 59% of Mainers who shot him down a year ago.

  79. hollywoodstein says:

    Please proceed…

  80. hollywoodstein says:

    Keep digging…

  81. I’m not racist, I eat fried chicken and watermelon. When will these idiots learn?

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