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August 31, 2012  | by: Julia Cuozzo

John Rich and Clay Aiken (Credit: CBS and Getty Images)

While singer/former Celebrity Apprentice contestant, Clay Aiken was watching the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, he took to twitter to make a sarcastic comment about the lack of racial diversity he saw on his television screen. The tweet said:

“Playing drinking game with my brother now. We drink every time we see a black person on screen at the RNC convention. #soberasamormon.”

Country star and former Celebrity Apprentice winner, John Rich, apparently found Aiken’s comment to be racist (though I’m still unclear how… maybe because he said “black” instead of “African-American” but I noticed a prejudice against Mormon sobriety before I detected racism) and tweeted:

“CLAY! You should be ashamed for racist comments like THAT! WOW.” He noted, “I wonder how long it will be till @clayaiken takes that idiotic post down. Clay, you’re better than that…I hope.”

Rich then reiterated his point, although it seems like he was trying to provoke a fight as Aiken had never responded to the first tweet, by tweeting the following:

“And to finish it off,  hashtags soberasamormon? I thought your charity was for inclusion, not EXCLUSION. What happened?”

Like I said before, he probably shouldn’t have mentioned Mormon sobriety in his tweet. But at the same time, it’s a known fact that Mormons don’t drink. After the follow-up antagonization, Aiken responded:

“My charity is. Why isn’t your party?”

As Rich really didn’t have a leg to stand on with that retort, since the whole point of his argument was that Clay Aiken was being racist when all he did was make an observation, albeit through a sarcastic attempt at humor, Rich sent this final tweet:

“Between the hashtag ‘negrospotting’ and what I’ve read ever since, I’ve just had enough of this racist nonsense. It’s sick. PLS STOP.”

So here is where I stand. First of all, if John Rich was so appalled by Clay Aiken’s comments, why retweet it? Secondly, John Rich was right. This racist nonsense is sick. What’s even more sick is that there are still very racist people in this country, and two of them appeared at the RNC on the same day as this petty twitter feud occurred. This is not a statement saying that everyone at the RNC is a racist, or even saying that there were no African-Americans at the RNC.

That is simply not the case. There are plenty of good-hearted, non-racist, Republicans and they come from an assortment of ethnicities. The disgraceful incident I’m referring to, which was condemned by convention officials and sadly, could have happened anywhere, was when an African-American camerawoman from CNN had nuts thrown at her by two RNC attendees while they said ” this is how we feed the animals.”

That is sick. That is deplorable. And THAT is what racism is.

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