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November 6, 2005

Is it okay to call a black candidate "Simple Sambo"? Yes, but...

...only if the candidate is a Republican:
It looks like something out of the rural South a generation ago or one of those Ku Klux Klan leaflets that shows up around here from time to time. It's a crude image of a black man running for office who is shown in minstrel makeup and it bears the label, "Simple Sambo."

Believe it or not, the subject is the current lieutenant governor of Maryland who is planning to run for the U.S. Senate next year. And it was posted by a black man from New York on what the Associated Press describes as a "left-leaning news commentary" Web site.
The picture has since been changed, but Steve Gilliard refuses to back down from his characterization of Michael Steele.

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