Galveston County Republican Party Chairwoman Yolanda Waters faces demands for her resignation from members of her own party after revelations she used a racist slur in reference to another party member in a text message earlier this year.

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Bailey Jones

Oh dear. Racism in the GOP. Shocking.

Carlos Ponce

Oh dear, Democrat President Barack Obama endorsed a Canadian who wore Blackface. Shocking. But Trudeau apologized.

Oh dear, Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia wore Blackface. Shocking. But he apologized.

Oh dear, Democrat Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring wore Blackface. Shocking. But he apologized.

Oh dear, Hillary Clinton eulogized her mentor Democrat Senator Robert Byrd - a KKK member. But he removed himself from the group when it didn't poll well.

Inquiry: When a Republican apologizes do Democrats give the same forgiveness they give their own? Answer: No.

Bailey Jones

"Inquiry: When a Republican apologizes do Democrats give the same forgiveness they give their own? Answer: No."

The word "Democrat" occurs nowhere in this article. Why are you blaming Democrats for the vindictiveness of your own party? Clean up your own house, Carlos, this has nothing to do with anyone else.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey posts, "The word 'Democrat' occurs nowhere in this article." One cannot separate the historic link between racism and the Democrat Party in this country. Were you absent when that was discussed in history class or were you not paying attention? I suspect it was the latter.

Bailey Jones

Carlos, you know full well that I have acknowledged the history of racism in the Democratic party on MULTIPLE occasions. Yet, we've yet to see you condemn racism in your own party even once.

whatabout, whatabout, whatabout, bout, bout,

whatabout, whatabout, whatabout, bout, bout,

whatabout, whatabout, whatabout, bout, bout,

whatabooooooooooooooout, whatabout, bout, bout! (sung to the William Tell Overture - that's the Lone Ranger Theme for you Trumpers)

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, which party freed the slaves?

Bailey Jones

Second verse - same as the first!

Carlos Ponce

Note to the uninformed: The REPUBLICANS freed the slaves!

George Caros

RePutinCons sure do love Putin and the racist.

Carlos Ponce

So George Caros is a RePutinCon.

Emile Pope

Next you'll be saying they support Nazis and the KKK endorses them...

Carlos Ponce

The KKK does support Democrats in this country. KKK member David Duke has endorsed Tulsi Gabbard for President. Tulsi denounced his endorsement. Donald Trump also denounced him.

"Former KKK Leader David Duke Endorses Tulsi Gabbard 2020 Presidential Campaign"


"Klan leader claims KKK has given $20K to Clinton campaign-'For the KKK, Clinton is our choice' said Will Quigg, California Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights."


"Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon Will Quigg Endorses Hillary Clinton for President"


"Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke Backs Democrat Ilhan Omar" (Duke likes her anti-Israel stance.)


Mike Zeller

Carlos you do realize, your hero, REPUBLICAN David Duke was a congressman from Louisiana, and ran for President as a REPUBLICAN. [tongue_smile]

Carlos Ponce

David Duke - American Nazi (before 1975), Democratic (1975–1988), Populist (1988–1989), Republican (1989–1999), Reform (1999–2001)

He changed parties in December 1988 because of an unsuccessful campaign as a Democrat.

His current endorsement of a Democrat for president in 2020 shows where his politics is TODAY.

Carlos Ponce

And Mike, David Duke is NOT my hero.

Mike Meador

another.....pope [thumbdown]

Ray Taft

The less racist the South got, the more Republican it became.

Democrats are the ones who started a civil war over slavery, introduced segregation and founded the KKK to terrorize blacks and Republican whites who empathized with blacks.

The Democrats want to rewrite the history of racism. Their preferred version pretends that all the Democratic racists and segregationists are now Republicans. And that is nonsense.

Contrary to what Democrats want everyone to believe, the parties never ‘switched’ on racism. The Democrats just switched from overt racism to a subversive strategy of getting blacks as dependent as possible on government to secure their votes. At the same time, they began a smear campaign to label anyone who opposes them as racists.

Democrats are racists and are still using race to foment hatred.

Democrats claim the right to define who is a racists and who is not depending on their political views, regardless of the facts.

Democrats define people by skin color, religion or sexual orientation rather than the content of their character.

Democrats dehumanize anyone who opposes them.

The Democrats have become the party of radical proposals that would destroy America as we know it. Republicans under President Trump are the solution. President Trump is Making America Great Again because he is working for all Americans contrary to the norm in Washington. President Trump hardly mentions race, while the Democrats are obsessed with it.

Racism has an ugly past in the Democratic party. The accusation of racism has an ugly present.

Emile Pope

Did the Elfmen from the Crab Nebula send you that message on your Captain Midnight decoder ring?

Wayne Holt

At last, an Emile Pope entry that I can endorse 100%. More humor, Emile, please. It becomes you...

Emile Pope


Carlos Ponce

Maybe she was trying to spell niggard defined as an excessively parsimonious, miserly, or stingy person.

Jim Forsythe


A stingy or ungenerous person; one who is or is behaving niggardly. Despite popular belief, the word is actually historically considered highly offensive. Should not be confused with the word the n word, which is also highly offensive, but in a different way. In everyday speech, the two words sound nearly identical. It's considered pretty archaic anyway, so it's probably not a good idea to use it in any context unless you want to offend someone who has a less developed vocabulary.

Carlos Ponce

Jim posts, "Despite popular belief, the word is actually historically considered highly offensive." - only to those who will not look up the actual definition. Do you find the English counties "Sussex" and "Middlesex" offensive? Or Lake Titicaca between Peru and Bolivia? Only the ignorant would.

Charles Hughes

Oh well Carlos you never disappoint.

Robert Braeking

Typo, my donkey. Not all republicans are pure as the wind-driven snow. She's gotta go.

Bailey Jones

Robert gets it. I'm not sure why everyone else is having such a hard time with this.

Wayne Holt

Bailey, I'm waiting for the report she was offered a bottle of Jack Daniels from a passing motorist before she began to type.

I would have a lot more respect for politicians of both parties if they would just own up to it and take the flak. The absurd explanations only diminishes them in the public's perception. Not that my estimation of both parties could get any lower than it currently is.

Bailey Jones


Paul Hyatt

I find it truly amazing that when a Republican does something wrong everyone clamors their removal, but a democrat can do anything that they want including wiretapping a political opponent and nothing is being done about it.... One has to wonder who actually follows the laws in this nation....

Michelle Aycoth


Mike Meador


Jack Cross

This is making a mountain out of a mole hill. God help us living in today's climate of political correctness. None of us is isolated from being smeared by a friend who betrays a private text or conversation.

I judge people on their record and how they treat others and Yolanda Waters record stands tall.

Two years ago the Galveston County Republican party was in disarray with the previous Chairman and it was a small group of precinct chairmen who run him off.

I remember the fights over which bank to use.

Now we have history repeating itself.

I have no stake in this fight, but it was Yolanda who stepped up and took the Republican party and replaced all the negative stories with positive news, good, results and order. Once again it is a few precinct chairs that took it upon themselves to use a mistake in a 10 month old conversation to use against the chairman of the party. This good lady who showed dedication, given her time and a lot of her money and now this.

Why would someone sit on a private text for months and then betray a friend.

How many of us of all races have had private conversations and said things about friends and even family members that would embarrass us it went public.

We all say things among friends we trust, but that does not mean we are racist or don't love a relative. Do we really want to live in a country where we have to run around wrapped in bubble rap. Are all of us who are making comments clean ourselves ? I sometimes make a negative comment about a person or even a race, not because I don't like them, but because I want them to succeed. The cry over racism is getting out of hand, someone makes this charge ,the person is smeared and then they left defenseless. No one comes to their defense because they too will be smeared as a racists.

Just this week, Democratic candidate for president Kamala Harris dropped out of the race because her fund raising dried up. But Kamala who is African American and others are using race and sexism against the democratic party. Even Cory Booker who is also black is complaining that all the front runners in the democratic party are white. This political correctness has to stop, no human is perfect and every one holding a public office is at risk. I thank Yolanda Waters for donating her time and all the support she has given to the Republican party, she doesn't deserve this. it is a shame that J.T. Edwards did not accept her apology and move on. Look at the headlines and damage that could and should have been avoided.

These republicans are jumping on the bandwagon throwing one of t heir own overboard trying to prove that they are not racists. Don't they know it is not going to work when democrats are accusing their own party of being racist and sextist.

This PC has to stop it is tearing the country apart.

Bailey Jones

I had no idea conservatives found it so difficult to get through the day without making negative comments about another race.

Mike Zeller

And it is hilarious watching these conservatives try to blame the Dems for something, one of their own said. When all else fails, spin to win. [beam]

Emile Pope

It's called whataboutitis. A Russian technique...

Raymond Lewis

There are any number of words available to use in anger (or other wise) to demean, harass, slander, abuse, belittle, chastise, etc., without resorting to this emotionally charged word. An apology might be necessary (or not) after calling me one or any of those. There is no apology that can fix the emotional damage after the use of that word in referring to a black person whether among friends or not. Period. The apology covers the issue and the person that used the word. It does not, however, fix what prompted the use of the word in the first place.

Sad for JT since he has worked so hard for the party.

Louis Wortham


Charles Douglas

All of this is a distraction by the DEMS!!!! It would serve you guys better to plan out your next move when we come after Big Jim Comey, Yall's buddies, Clapper, Brennan, McCabe, Struzok, and Page tomorrow and when our ATTORNEY General's criminal investigation hit the table in a few weeks! Stop trying to distort, distract, and deceive by over magnifying, a simple mistake on the keyboard! I've made one or two mistakes myself in my time. WHY would this beautiful lady of Hispanic/White/African decent want to intentionally use such a word, as Jay-Z & other Hollywood stars use? I give her the benefit of the doubt! A bunch of haters is what we are dealing with here. Now if we are done, I'd would like to get some BIDEN, & SPARTACUS, time in if yall please!!!![beam]

Jim Forsythe

The heads of the Republican party in Texas and in the county want Waters to step down. If she does not, she will be in for a fight that she can not win. In the story no-one spoke up for her. Below are some of the the ones that want her gone.

"James Dickey, the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, on Saturday said Waters should no longer lead the county party."

"15 precinct chairs signed a statement condemning Waters and calling for her immediate resignation."

"Galveston County Republican Party Vice-Chairman H Scott Apley said. The group has found someone else to run for chairman during next year’s primary"

"A spokesman for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the governor was aware of the allegation about Waters, and had asked her to resign from a position on a state-appointed board", this goes along with Abbott withdrawing his endorsement of Miller

Jose' Boix

What we seem to surmise from the article:

1. Waters sent the “text” using a racist slur to party secretary Alicia Youngblood in March.

2. The “text” has circulated among party members since at least early November, after Youngblood had an apparent falling out with Waters.

3. The revelations about Waters’ “text” come the same week that Texas Republicans denounced a sitting state representative after he made racist comments in a newspaper interview.

4. Monday is the deadline for candidates to file for a place on primary ballots for the 2020 election.

What we do not know: The full text of the “text.”

With the items above as the only evidence, it reminds me of "Hamlet." Act I, Scene 4: Marcellus (an officer) says "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark," having just seen the ghost of Hamlet's father, the late king of Denmark. Meaning: “This whole business is very puzzling. There is a lot more to it than meets the eye.”

Just my thoughts.

Bailey Jones

It reminds me more of that scene in Julius Caesar when all the knives come out.

Jose' Boix

After some additional thoughts, the word "vendetta" seems to be an appropriate addition to this apparently political motivated conundrum!

Dede Edwards

Popcorn anyone?

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Statement in response to GC Republican Chair Dr. Yolanda Waters racist text:

NAACP Dickinson Bay Area Unit 6280 Kimberley Yancy- President

“It is very disturbing and unfortunate to learn of the Galveston County Republican Chair, Dr. Yolanda Water’s alleged use of the N-word slur and the promotion of the racist stereotype that African-American people do not want to work in regards to a fellow African-American Republican. We are praying for her that she immediately apologizes, resigns and that the Republican party makes future plans of diversity training to ensure that their top leaders are not guilty of racial bias and common use of racist language. An apology and remediation is in order to help restore credibility to the idea that the Galveston County Republican Party is a party for all Americans.”

Charles Douglas

First of all, I must say, I don't like name calling period, but Ms. Waters stated she tried to apologise when the news of the incident broke but the victim of the incident, wouldn't or didn't respond to her efforts. That being the case I'd like to know why Ms. WATERS is held to a higher standard than Democrats, in The Governorship of Virginia. Unless I missed something Gov. Ralph Northam, and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax are still in office and I don't hear nobody saying #%@ thing about it because one is White and one is Black and BOTH ARE DEMOCRATS!! Fairfax was charged with sexual assault, just like our latest Supreme Court NOMINEE was, without the abundance of liars, coming out the woodwork to set him up, or to frame him as they did to Justice Kavanaugh!! Northam has refused to say if he was the man in BLACKFACE or if he was the one styling the KKK outfit, and that bothers how many Democrats? Wait for it .....WAIT, ZERO!!! From what I hear Ms Waters has done an outstanding job! Now if she apologised like she claims ... WHY is it that she must end her career too? This is a bridge to far, and we need to step back and STOP IT! I know the Word is bad, but it does not kill, especially if you don't hear someone say it to you. In the sixties I along with a basketball RECRUIT from Raville, Louisaina, we integrated a doctor's office in Ruston Louisaina! This was smack in the times of Jim Crow! Check this, that word was used on us,... did not kill either of us, and we successfully integrated that SEGREGATED facility! Check this, we both were able to continue Football for me, and Basketball for him at Grambling State! I say move on and leave this lady alone! For goodness sake go throw Fairfaix, and Ralph Northam out before turning the hounds loose on this hard working lady!!!! Justice is supposed to be blind in America, but more and more we are not seeing where the blindfold is doing its job. Could it be that conservatives are being targeted in this country?

Jim Forsythe

This is a Republican problem that they will solve.The heads of the Republican party in Texas, and in the county, want Waters to step down. If she does not, she will be in for a fight that she can not win. The outcome will be determine by Republicans, for Republicans. Republican's are the one's wanting Waters’ to step down.

Charles Douglas

Jim, Ms. Yancy, is not to my knowledge a Republican! Another thing I would not be so quick to say what an individual cannot win! I thought the national elections of 2016 put a stop to that kind of talk.

Jim Forsythe

Charles, it is up to Republican's to do what ever they want to do to her. A party runs itself they way they want, and if they allow the other party to run them, they are no longer the other party. If the Republican's want Ms. Yancy , it will just makes it easier for the other party to have a negative message to use against them during campaigns. This is a Republican party problem to fix, and if they do not, it will send a message to all, what they stand for.

Jim Forsythe

Sorry I made a mistake, it should have read as below. I am correcting this, just as Ms. Waters should have her mistake.

Charles, it is up to Republican's to do what ever they want to do to her. A party runs itself they way they want, and if they allow the other party to run them, they are no longer the other party. If the Republican's want to keep Ms. Waters , it will just makes it easier for the other party to have a negative message to use against them during campaigns. This is a Republican party problem to fix, and if they do not, it will send a message to all, what they stand for.

Raylene Morgan

I'm thinking like Emile Pope, what could've possibly been the typo that would be related to the N-word? Was she trying to call him a jigger, a rigger, a bigger, maybe she meant to say a pigger.

Raylene Morgan

Typo? Oh I have it, maybe she was trying to call him a migger or like I said previously a bigger since those keys are next to the N. Yeah right. Like most she was an undercover racist and got caught.

Carlos Ponce

A woman with an African-American background is an "undercover racist"? Okay, if you insist. I heard the N-word throughout my teaching career - about 99% coming from African - American students. An admonition after it was said, "If we allow you to use that word without punishment then we have to let everyone else use that word without punishment regardless of race."

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