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Iowa GOP posts controversial flowchart used to determine if a person is a racist

This news story was published on January 25, 2014.
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NIT – The Iowa GOP dug itself an embarrassing hole Friday night, prompting an apology from the party chairman.

The humiliation began Friday evening when the Iowa Republican Party allowed a post on its Facebook page that contained a graphic that showed flowchart that they said could be used to determine if a person is a racist or not a racist. Here is the flowchart, via a screen grab taken and published by the Daily Beast:

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Later Friday evening, the following post was made to the Iowa GOP’s Facebook page, right after they removed the flowchart:

“Earlier tonight, a contractor of the Iowa GOP made a post referencing a discussion on race that the GOP believes was in bad taste and inappropriate. We apologize to those whom were offended, have removed the post and are ensuring it does not happen again. -Chairman AJ Spiker.”

The Iowa Democratic Party didn’t miss its chance to chime in, saying via social media “Tonight the Iowa GOP continued on with their party’s intolerance. This has no place in politics, period.”

The Des Moines Register reported Friday night a statement from Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Scott Brennan:

“Iowans have had enough of the intolerance, hate and divisiveness shared tonight on the Republican Party of Iowa’s Facebook. This sort of rhetoric – joke or not – has no place in politics, period. What we see here is another failed attempt at the GOP trying to rebrand themselves, and Iowans need to remember that this is the party of Terry Branstad, Chuck Grassley, and those who are trying to win the US Senate seat this fall.”

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26 Responses to Iowa GOP posts controversial flowchart used to determine if a person is a racist

  1. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    January 29, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    My perspective:

    I am a registered Cynic and belong to the Cynic Party, so don’t get the idea I am a Republican, but:

    The Republican Party is so not a ‘racist party’. This racism nonsense is nothing more than a distraction.

    The Republican Party is by and large for an America that wants to provide opportunity so people can get ahead if one wants to work to get it.

    This so called racist flow chart and the nonsense in the article focus’s one to think “Republicans” are racist because some loon posted something stupid like this flow chart. This bull is misleading and takes people off focusing on important issues like a bankrupt government and a job killing government.

    Long ago I figured out that almost all the big shot local Republicans were as liberal and left wing as any Democrat I know. Any research at all on what they promote shows any logical individual that the local Republican’s are Democrats in disguise. It is a political sham and nothing but a hoax when these numskulls present themselves as Republicans. The Chamber of Commerce is a great example of what I speak.

    Democrats are the biggest bunch of liars and the local Republi-crats are right in bed with the Dems.

    Then heap on top a media that makes it’s living lying to the public, we got nothing.

    This country is in huge trouble because of the nonsense printed in this article and all of the people who gobble this crap up as useful when it amounts to useless information.

    I’ll stay in my Cynic Party until the media starts getting it right.


  2. TheRealFred Reply Report comment

    January 26, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Wow, NIT. You’ve officially jumped the shark. I’m done with your ridiculous one sided attack site.

    I’ll never be back. RIP

    • Philosophus Reply Report comment

      January 26, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Hey I thought you voted for me. Get back here this instant young sir.

    • NIT reader Reply Report comment

      January 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Boo hoo I’m sure Matt is sorry to see you go. Don’t feel too ashamed when you come back in two hours, because you can’t help it.

  3. as seen from here Reply Report comment

    January 26, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Hey philosophagus, how could Africans have shipped any whites in the boats made out of a tree stump. If the Africans hadn’t sold other Africans to anybody who would buy them( all colors, religions,countries and not just white southern farmers) all Africans would be sitting in sand covered with flies, starving with un controlled child birth and disease, raping, murder, corruptness like many parts of Africa today. Your naivete is overwhelming. Try stepping into the real world and out of the corn patch and contribute something true and useful!

  4. Guest Worker Reply Report comment

    January 25, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    • Philosophus Reply Report comment

      January 26, 2014 at 6:25 am

      That’s because historically white people have PROVEN themselves to be racist, and a lot more (see SLAVERY). Had Africans colonized, conquered and shipped white people over from Europe to Africa for 400 years as slaves, your concerns may have some merit…but they don’t. As a race who engaged in despicable practices, you’ll always face skepticism and enhanced scrutiny until perhaps 200 years into the future…and only then with a squeaky clean record on human rights and equality issues. Chin up and bear it buckaroo.

      • Guest Worker Reply Report comment

        January 26, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        Yes because white people were the first and only people in the history of the world to have slaves


        • Philosophus Reply Report comment

          January 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm

          Not a history expert, but I believe it was the lighter skinned people of Ancient Times enslaving the darker skinned people as well. So I guess yes…it has always been the white people enslaving the dark.

          • Guest Worker

            January 27, 2014 at 12:37 am

            “Too many people have opinions on things they know nothing about. And the more ignorant they are, the more opinions they have.” T. Hildern


  5. Fact Czech Reply Report comment

    January 25, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Great Story NIT. Took some serious research on your behalf to discover this bit of inappropriate insider party humor. Thanks

  6. Ananymous Reply Report comment

    January 25, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I know it’s difficult for spend o crats to read anything other than the dollar amount on their welfare checks and food stamps but you can go on utube and listen to the whole speech. I agree LVS there is enough stupidity in both parties to go around. Neither seem to really represent the middle class anymore. Vote independent.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 25, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Nice try galactus. You like the liberal news media have selected only a few lines out of his entire speech and attempted to twist them. If you listen to it he is stating the the views of the Spend o cratic party and no where does he down play women in our society. There is no low the Spend o crats will stoop to to stay in power including our dictator president publicly saying smoking pot is not that bad to attempt to get the vote of the doper generation. You talk about stupid.

    • Galactus Reply Report comment

      January 26, 2014 at 2:15 am

      If I say, hey Joe Blow called you a stupid so and so and your lazy and want free contraception. What do you say to Joe?

      Thanks for the compliment?

      No, of course not, you tell Joe to shut his mouth. Because he is disrespecting you, by saying this in public.

      And since the object of Huckabee’s rant, was not to give power to women, allowing them free access to birth control.

      That his point was in fact. That the government, or insurance. Shouldn’t pay for such drivel.

      It’s obvious what he was saying, no matter how YOU. Or anybody else tries to twist it. He thinks women are bad for wanting free access to birth control. He and his GOP buddies have said this a million times!!! Wake up, Fox news is a blight on the world…

  8. Galactus Reply Report comment

    January 25, 2014 at 6:37 am

    The GOP is such chronic liars.

    I was watching Huckabee, and he started talking about women not being able to control their lust. And how, Uncle Sugar Daddy, would be there for them to get free birth control.

    Then when nobody like what he said. Huckabee insisted he didn’t say it.

    Just bold face lies, again and again. As their base either doesn’t care what the truth is. Or their just to stupid to understand it.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      January 25, 2014 at 8:25 am

      As I am not a republican I think I can comment on this. I just finished watching Huckabee talking about this. He never said anything like what you are claiming. As far as the Uncle Sugar name I have heard that all my life and if you go to Texas you will hear it every day. The Democrats are the ones who push division and discrimination every single day. Listen to your president and you will hear him pull the race card almost every time he speaks. It is everyone else’s fault that his policy’s are crap. No one gives him a chance because he is black. The funny part is he is not even African American. He is an Arab. That doesn’t stop him from using it. The Republicans have their issues, but this isn’t one of them.

      • Iowa Sucks Reply Report comment

        January 25, 2014 at 8:30 am

        1. Yes, you’re GOP

        2. Yes, it’s racist

        3. No, Obama is not A-Rab.

      • Galactus Reply Report comment

        January 26, 2014 at 2:18 am

        If your not a republican, you should be.
        You seem to follow their mantra to a T.

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          January 26, 2014 at 6:32 pm

          @Galactus-why would you say that. Just because I do not like illegal drugs or the people that push them. Any sane person would feel the same way. I do not agree with Republicans on a lot of issue and have stated that many times on here. Two of the big ones are abortion and the other is gay rights. While I do not support gay right I also would allow it. I believe in live and let live as long as it does not affect anyone else. I am not real big on religion and am absolutely against big government by either party. I also believe one gets what you work for and we should not let our taxes go to pay for people that are capable of working. Now, after saying that I really feel if someone really needs help we should be there to help. Does that make me a republican?? I don’t think so.

          • Philosophus

            January 26, 2014 at 7:03 pm

            One gets what one works for, this is true, but there are politics surrounding who gets the right to work in the first place, and towards what. You think these controllers are stupid? Hell now they aren’t. They know they don’t want a free and liberal population, because that would mean a man could work towards his own dreams and his own ends. They don’t want that Larry. When are you going to wake up and smell the butthole? It’s been waving itself in front of your face your entire life, but you refuse to acknowledge it. Hell, dingleberries have been brushing across your upper lip and forehead even.

            The age of the artisan, the craftsmen, the skilled laborer are coming to an end in America. You know this LVS. You’ve seen the intelligence levels of the population and it frightens you. It scares the hell out of me. It’s the big ugly truth no one wants to own up to, or attempt to do anything about. North Iowa is becoming one giant exercise in mental retardation. Even the suits around here are mentally retarded.

    • tan man Reply Report comment

      January 25, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Where are these women who cant control their lust. Maybe I can help them with that.

      • Galactus Reply Report comment

        January 26, 2014 at 2:20 am

        Yeah I’ll take a lusty babe too 🙂


  9. Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

    January 25, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I wonder if Cerro Gordo GOP Chairman GABE HAUGLAND thinks the flow chart is funny.

    • Just My Opinion Reply Report comment

      January 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Of course he does. He’s a Republican, isn’t he?

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      January 25, 2014 at 11:33 am

      I can tell you all from personal experience, and this is my personal opinion, this Gabe Haugland kid is a joke and I wouldn’t trust him farther than I could throw him. I just wonder if he himself posted the flowchart. He is a GOP figurehead and known to make outlandish Facebook posts. Here is the background: I called this weasel at work early last November, to confront him, after he brazenly attacked me and other good people running for city council in Mason City. He claimed that I am “anti-job” when in fact, I am the only one fighting the corrupt EDC, the agency keeping the good jobs away from Mason City. His rant irked me so I called the liar up to give him a piece of my mind. Remember, the kid lives in Clear Lake, but works at FIRST CITIZENS BANK. The lady who answered the phone at the bank told me Gabe Haugland was in his office all morning, and his nasty Facebook page wall was full of attacks from that morning (he has since blocked his wall). When I got him on the phone, Gabe Haugland, who claims to be a “Christian” man, broke the 9th commandment and lied to me, telling me that he was not in his office when he made his attacks on Facebook, but was “in his car in the parking lot.” Picture this “party leader” sitting out in his car when he is supposed to be working, frantically pounding away on his keyboard, trying to influence a Mason City council race in a town where he does not even live. The kid is creepy, I would even say shady, and I certainly wouldn’t trust my money in that bank as long as he works there. I shudder to think of the millions of Mason City taxpayer dollars kept at First Citizens bank with Gabe Haugland employed there. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if this kid is a closet racist. I DO NOT TRUST HIM.

      PS: If you know Gabe Haugland, or do business with him at First Citizens Bank, ask him about the time (not long ago) he got in trouble at work and Eric Bookmeyer paid him a visit at the bank… and brought Gabe’s boss with him. That’s a great story.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        January 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm

        @Matt-Thanks for the information. It is always nice to find out these things in case we need to deal with the guy. I have also heard some comments about the Democratic Chairman and how he passed information to the mayors group through another source. Dirty politics runs deep in North Iowa and I don’t see any changes thanks to voter apathy. I never though it made much difference locally to the Republicans or the Democrats who won on the council. I sure got a lesson this year. They had a chance to put in a decent mayor and a honest council that would have worked hard for the common man and they blew it because they were to damn lazy to get out and vote. Just my opinion of course.