Travon Free’s Open Letter To Newt

GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich made some racistly stank comments about poor people that he’s still getting pimp slapped over (and rightfully so)

Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of
working and have nobody around them who works,” he said. “They
literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of
staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’
unless it’s illegal
Newt Gingrich, speech at Harvard University, November 2011  

Recently read this open letter from comedian Travon Free over at Addicting Info that calls his pink plump rump out on his jacked up words denigrating the poor.

Dear Newt Gingrich,

I recently saw you stand up in front of a group of people and allow some of the most

idiotic, unfounded, racist, and ignorant words pass your lips that I’ve ever heard

from a member of a group of the most unqualified presidential candidates America

has ever seen.

To have the audacity to say that poor kids, and let’s be clear that’s republican speak

for black and brown kids, “have no habits of working and nobody around them who

works” is not only an insult to me as black man who grew up in one of those “really

poor” neighborhoods you spoke of but it’s an insult to my mother. And it’s an insult to

many other black and brown children, adults, and hard working parents(often single

parents) who get up every single day to try to provide a better life for their children in

poor neighborhoods.

As a child grew up in Compton in the early 90′s, one of the most dangerous

neighborhoods in America, I watched my mother work tirelessly, sometimes juggling

multiple jobs to provide for myself and my sister. Day in and day out just like many other

parents in poor neighborhoods she did what she had to do in order to provide for us.

You know what that turned into Mr. Gingrich?

A son who received academic and athletic scholarship offers from three Ivy League schools and countless other universities, a son with a college degree in Criminal Justice who graduated with honors from every school he attended, and a daughter who not only

attended a Gifted and Talented Education high school but is one year away from

completing a degree at UCLA.

This is not just the case for my family. I know I speak for many other hard working

black, brown, and even poor white families who have the same experiences in the poor

neighborhoods to look down upon from your elitist 1% out of touch pedestal. To say that

an entire community “literally has no habit of showing up on Monday” or “they have no

habit of staying all day” I say that is a load of shit.

Millions of poor children watch their parents show up Monday and many of them

sometimes have to suffer from the fact that their parents have to stay at work ALL DAY.

And lastly, you suggest that to remedy this “problem” as you so blindly see it is to make

poor kids assistant janitors and pay them to clean the restrooms? Your solution is child

labor. Degrading young children by suggesting they clean toilets
while painting all union workers as lazy leeches. It’s a shame they
don’t have the work ethic of hard working Americans like Kim Kardashian
who worked so hard in her sex tape before we crowned her a role model
for young girls and showered her with money and adoration or Paris
Hilton who was forced to clean so many toilets as a teen to learn “work
ethic” before her parents handed over the millions.

This not only echoes the depth of your ignorance but just how truly unqualified

you are to ever be president of this country. Your assumption that poor people have no

ingrained work ethic and “have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ unless it’s

illegal” is not only dangerously ignorant but it proves you have no connection with the

true heart of this country.

I believe I speak for most if not all of “poor” America when I say Mr. Gingrich you have

no habit of performing, thinking or speaking in a manner that warrants becoming the

leader of the free world and the 45th president of these United States of America. You

represent a party of greedy, selfish, out of touch, wealth protecting, non tax paying,

destroyers of the middle class. You know nothing about us. But your words in your

speech in Des Moines told us everything about you.

Which is why I hope you win your party’s nomination so that poor and impoverished

families can at least experience four more years of a man working diligently to help

them and the communities they call home that you have proven to know nothing about.

president number 44.

PS. You look like someone poured mashed potatoes into a suit :-D

H/T Addicting Info

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