There’s plenty to dislike about both major party candidates for US President but in theory at least everyone has a right to their opinion and to support whomever they want. The exception to that appears to be African Americans who choose to support Mitt Romney–they’re apparently fair game for crude, racially based insults. Or at least that’s the way it seems based on the experience of actress Stacey Dash–following her endorsement of Mitt Romney on Twitter she endured an onslaught of loathsome abuse from supporters of President Obama with many of the comments being racial in nature.
Dash, the former ‘Clueless’ star, gave a fairly innocuous comment of support for Romney on Twitter this past Sunday:
“vote for Romney. The only choice for your future,”
Pretty harmless stuff right? Guess again–this comment set off a barrage of abuse. Here’s a couple of the more erudite and less offensive responses:
“You’re an unemployed black woman endorsing @MittRomney. You’re voting against yourself thrice. You poor beautiful idiot.”
“I guess Clueless star Stacey Dash endorsing Mitt Romney shows that she is indeed clueless.”
A number of Obama supporters encouraged Dash to ‘kill herself’. One such tweet came from a Dr. William Ellis, a prominant and politically active Democrat in Washington, DC. He has since deleted his Tweet, but it lives on in archived form.
Others came to Dash’s defense pointing out the obvious:
“Thank you for being willing to think for yourself despite what your haters have to say”
“You can NEVER, EVER (did I say never?) NEVER leave the Dem party if you r Black. Once you do, the name calling begins.”
Disturbingly, few Obama supporters defended Dash’s right to her own opinion despite political differences. Credit to one who dead–much maligned reproductive rights advocate and Obama supporter Sandra Fluke who offered an all too familiar voice of reason from the left:
“So disappointed to see people attacking @REALStaceyDash for voicing her opinion. Disagree politically, but #racist attacks are unacceptable.”
Unfortunately, Obama supporters are more likely to play the ‘race card’ by suggesting that any sort of disagreement with their candidate or his record is based on his ethnicity. The reality is that there’s plenty of reasons to dislike both Obama and Romney–race, however, is not one of them.