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NAACP Blasts GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum For Targeting Blacks In Entitlement Reform

Source: Stephanie Condon / CBS News

The NAACP on Wednesday blasted Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum for recently singling out blacks for receiving federal benefits, calling his remarks “inaccurate and outrageous.”

At a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa on Sunday, Santorum was talking about entitlement reform when he said, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.”

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement Wednesday that “Santorum’s targeting of African Americans is inaccurate and outrageous, and lifts up old race-based stereotypes about public assistance.”

Jealous pointed out that federal benefits are determined by income level, not race. In Iowa, for instance, 9 percent of food stamp recipients are black and 84 percent are white. Overall, 91 percent of Iowa residents are white, and nearly 3 percent are black.

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  • http://twitter.com/Ewart1971 Geoffrey Le Platte

    It’s a shame that a politician will denigrate himself in order to get the votes of a demented few.

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