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Racist KellyAnne Conway Sends Obama To THE BACK OF THE BUS


On last night's Larry King Live show (Friday, March 7th), Republican strategist and owner of The Polling Company, KellyAnne Conway, stated that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were

"arguing about whether she should let him SIT ON THE BACK OF THE BUS of her presidential ticket."

Even by CNN standards, with its ample chicanery and spin, Conway's remark was brutal. Larry King's nightly program, usually more schmooze than news, was plunged to a Limbaugh-like low. Gratefully, Democratic strategist and Obama supporter, Jamal Simmons, was on hand to challenge Conway. Taking the high road, Simmons said:

"Larry, we have to address that. We have to address that. This BACK OF THE BUS comment is really beyond the pale. I think Senator Clinton, whatever our disagreements are between the two candidates, Senator Clinton has never done or said anything that would imply that she would rather have Barack Obama sit in the back of her campaign bus."

KellyAnne Conway, who holds a law degree from George Washington University and clearly understands the power of language, appeared surprised that her racist taunt wasn't jovially accepted by her host and fellow panelists. She was inordinately comfortable interjecting Jim Crow as a natural part of her dialogue. It was only after Jamal Simmons' immediate response that Conway knew she was in trouble. She countered unsuccessfully with:

"No, as V.P. As V.P. You're not paying attention. As V.P."

No amount of deflecting by Conway could detract from her callousness. Aside from radical conservative radio hosts like Ohio's Bill Cunningham, who recently incited an audience on behalf of John McCain, and bloated bigot, Rush Limbaugh, Conway's brand of hate speech has been kept pretty much out of the fray. Sadly, that all changed last evening. KellyAnne Conway lowered the bar on civility --even for corporate media.

Larry King was clearly disturbed by Conway's back of the bus assault. He asked her if she had actually used the term and what she had meant when she used it. But King's simple question was not a true rebuke. Conway's racism deserved a strong on air condemnation from the host -- not the off-camera chiding that was likely to come.

At 74 years old, Larry King should have witnessed the inhumanity and disgrace of Jim Crow throughout his youth and adult years. There was institutionalized racism in Larry King's native New York, and in Florida where he worked early on. White Americans weren't blind to the injustice. They just didn't suffer its pain -- at least not directly. The fact is, all members of an unjust society are affected by its injustice. Conway's reference to back of the bus should have inspired an instant reprimand from King, who holds an exalted position at CNN.

Over the past seven years, in the administration of George W. Bush, historical errors have been repeated. Among them are the erosion of civil liberty. The imbalance of Bush's Unitary Executive has skewed the remaining two Branches of Government -- in particular, the Legislative Branch, which continuously succumbs to the Executive. But while the Congress is caving, The People are not. The People want change. Yet change won't come if America permits the revival of degradation. Terms like back of the bus have no place in our civil discourse.

Two years ago, on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, I visited the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. At the Museum, I sat on a REAL Montgomery Bus. On that bus, in the very front row, sat a life size sculpture of the great Rosa Parks. Turned around in his seat to face Mrs. Parks was a life size version of the bus' white driver. Every few minutes, a booming voice filled the bus -- supposedly that of the driver -- commanding Mrs. Parks to get to the back of the bus. But the sculpture of Mrs. Parks sat regally, proudly and bravely in her seat, clutching the purse on her lap. It's an astonishing and overwhelming experience. The entire museum is breathtaking.

When I returned to Los Angeles, I shared my experience with a brilliant playwright friend, Joanne Morris -- a powerful African American woman who understood how deeply I was moved by my experience at the Museum. Joanne, an inspired, insightful artist, took my experience and created a theatrical rendition I was fortunate to perform this year for Dr. King's birthday.

The Civil Rights Museum should be required attendance for every American and every visitor to America. It should certainly be mandatory attendance for KellyAnne Conway. KellyAnne Conway should be forced to face the images of the tortures and the hangings and the beatings and the injustices that are vividly, painfully and necessarily displayed throughout this American historical treasure. KellyAnne Conway should sit on that same Montgomery bus in the presence of greatness and come to understand what a minor insignificance she is.

If you are disturbed and appalled by KellyAnne Conway's racist tactics, please let CNN know. Racism, particularly on the public airwaves, must not be permitted to occur.

Call the CNN comments line at: (404) 827-1500 or
Email the Larry King Live show at: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5.html?12

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I live in England. I turned on ‘Larry King Live’ this morning and almost choked on my cornflakes when I heard the disgusting comments made by Kellyanne Conway about ‘Obama getting on the back of the bus’.

Is that the voice of the Republican Party? If so the USA can keep John McCain. Europe loves Obama and we want Obama to be the next President of the USA.

Kellyanne Conway represents all that is wrong with the Republican Party. She should never appear on Larry King Live again. Conway should apologise to the world for the offence she has caused. Her comments were ugly - very ugly.

I think we should demand an apology and an explanation from Conway and CNN. ‘Larry King Live’ should not be made in to a platform where bigots can express their hateful views without being challenged.

Please email 'Larry King Live' at CNN to let them know that you object to the unacceptable comments made by Kellyanne Conway.

Thank you.

Here is the link for contacting Larry King Live

http://edition.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5.html?12

here is the video clip relating to this racist slur

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD113L3h1cQ

Can you not even pretend to pay attention. It's very clear Kellyanne's reference was Hillary advocating for a Clinton Obama "Dream Ticket" in which she was top dog and she was FIGURATIVELY resigning him to the back of the bus. It's called a metaphor you simpleton. But what do you expect from liberals democrats and marxists. Skulls full of mush. There is no room in the conservative ideology for racism. There NEVER has been. If it weren't for Republicans the Civil Rights movement would have been desroyed by Southern Democrats. It's ALLWAYS been the Democrats who have had a racist agenda and they do even now under the guise of progressiveness they enslave minorities to government. Grow up, try to pay attention and understand at least a modicum of what is going on.

Excellent response. Oh, what have the liberal political correctness fascists done to this country! We need to stand up and explain in simple terms, like you have, that we can call a spade a spade, or someone niggardly without being offensive to the black race. They seem to have co-opted some of these words and made them off-limits, and I resent that. Even the word "nigger" must now be veiled in the term "N-Word". How silly that black guest appeared when all he could do was pick at Kellyanne for her use of the term "back of the bus".

The words she used are very poor and do have a racist background.
Republican used to be a noble word, yes, but when Republican got mixed with conservation (anti-change) thats when their ideology turns to backwash.
Don't invoke the Republican name of the past when the Republicans discriminate against gays and some condone the use of torture, which strips one's civil rights and degrades any society that uses that barbarism.
Perhaps you are not included in the above, but it looks like your looking at the world through a narrow lens.

What a disgusting loser.

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