During a campaign speech in Plymouth, New Hampshire, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said “….the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps”. This was a double-reference to President Barack Obama, under whose administration the number of food stamp recipients has sharply increased, and who is black.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People immediately criticized Gingrich for being insensitive and misinformed. “”The majority of people using food stamps are not African-American, and most people using food stamps have a job,” a statement released by the NAACP said.
In his defense, Gingrich said his statements were “taken out of context”, and that his personal experience contradicted the NAACP statement. “Most of the blacks I see on TV are poor, unemployed, and shoot white people at the start of the program. How does the NAACP explain that?”