I don't give a sh*t about Santorum. I'm inclined to agree with you but am not absolutly100% sure what he said. That is why the article said "sounded like" rather than "said."
Moving on to the real issue:
Literal "truth" (or at least partial truth) can be offered as a defense for statements evoking an "us vs. them" attitude. Yet to deny the hostility-evoking reality of one choice of certain adjectives, modifiers, ways of "framing" issues, and negative racial stereotypes, is to deny Truth ltself. Doesn't matter if one is talking about black or white folk. "Us vs them" stinks.
But we have discussed this in the past and it has gone nowhere, so no reason for a replay.
I'm frankly tired of it. This entire issue, I mean. Makes me feel ill when I see it. If you don't want to or can't see it, then I give up.