Like everybody else watching events unfold in South Carolina, I’ve seen and heard Ruth Williams explain her plight about being unemployed and having no money to pay her light bill. What I found unsettling about her story was not that she lost her job, rather, it was her choice of words she used to tell her story, her use of divine intervention that lacked sincerity, and where and how she got the money to pay her bill.
Williams’ story was that she prayed for a way to pay her bill and God told her to find Mitt Romney who, after hearing her story, reaches into his pocket and gives her “about” $50. She said, “He was kind to me and he made Gov. Haley come see about me … He stopped doing everything.” When asked why she decided to support Romney, Williams said, “God didn’t tell me to go to nobody else, he told me to pray for Romney … I listened to the Lord.”
The whole thing reeks, and both Williams and Romney smell bad.
Besides being steeped in racist stereo types coupled with the Squire of the Manorism, what caused me to do a double take is when I read that Williams received $150 from Romney’s state treasurer, Curtis Loftis, possibly before she got the $50 from Romney. I question whether the whole thing is nothing more than a poor choice of a hoax.
Is this Romney sending a message steeped in a racist, “massa” mentality of the old south? Or perhaps this is his way of appealing to a strong evangelical audience and going for a two-fer of black and white voters in South Carolina. The message: vote for Romney because God wants you to and if you do, your financial troubles will be eased … with about $200 cash.
Williams would have been better served had she waited a few days and attended the event on Saturday at the Jones Memorial AME Zion Church where parishioners of the predominantly black congregation grilled Newt Gingrich on his racist comments. But then, this all appears to be a poorly staged hoax and is a little reminiscent of the fake stings done by Lila Rose (against Planned Parenthood) and James O’Keefe (against ACORN). The common thread? They’re all fake.