Right-Wing Racism: Past, Present—and Future
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Apr 25, 2013
Does Barack Obama look like a “skinny ghetto crackhead” to you? Did Whitney Houston’s death inspire the thought that Representative Maxine Waters needs to “step away from the crack pipe?” If so, then Fox is the cable network for you.(The quotes belong to Media Research Center president Brent Bozell and Fox News host Eric Bolling, respectively.) But if you prefer your news by radio, then perhaps you’d best stick with Rush Limbaugh, who explains that President Obama “talks honky” around white folk, while his wife feels entitled to abuse public funds as payback for centuries of white oppression of black people. And finally, if you like your racism live and in person, then no doubt you would have been right at home at the recent CPAC convention, where Ann Coulter told the assembled crowd,“Voters with forty years of politically correct education are ecstatic to have the first black president. They just love the idea of it, even if we did get Flavor Flav instead of Thomas Sowell.”
Comparing the president of the United States and the most senior female black member of the House of Representatives to rap artists/reality-TV clowns and drug addicts is apparently unremarkable for conservative media personalities, but presidential candidates need to be more subtle. When Newt Gingrich, for instance, calls President Obama America’s “food stamp president” and promises to “talk about why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps,” he is engaging in similar signaling, though one with built-in deniability. For Gingrich this has the added benefit that when he pretends this is not the case in the face of media questioning, he gets to attack yet another enemy of the Tea Party types whose confused causes he professes to represent.
It has become a depressing ritual of American politics that when one is confronted with evidence of one’s racism, the proper response is to insist that while old-fashioned Bull Connor–style racism has disappeared, liberals and journalists—and rarely is any distinction made here—remain obsessed with this now-imaginary phenomenon as a means of persecuting conservatives for telling it like it is. For instance, Coulter insists that “liberals and white supremacists are the only people left in America who are neurotically obsessed with race.” Bozell complains of the alleged (Clarence Thomas–style)“high-tech lynching” of Herman Cain by those who accurately reported what the former candidate actually said and did. And, um, ditto Limbaugh, who responded to the same reporting and commentary of Cain’s actions by knowingly explaining that it “tells us who the real racists are.”
The upside of this (barely) coded racist discourse for Fox, Limbaugh, Coulter, Gingrich, etc., is apparent on several levels simultaneously. First and most obvious is its appeal to the unreconstructed and unashamedly racist among us. It’s impossible to know how large this number is since even most racists know not to admit their true beliefs to a pollster, much less a reporter. But if, say, the first 5,000 or so comments on FoxNews.com on Whitney Houston’s death are any indication, their ranks remain considerable.
#2 Apr 25, 2013
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#3 Apr 25, 2013
Kool Aid Sipper,
Once again you did not attribute the source of your Sheeple Propaganda?
Are you embarrassed by your Propaganda Source, because of the Clear Iddiocy contained in the article you posted?
#5 Apr 25, 2013
Every line was the truth, a foreign concept to you.
#7 Apr 26, 2013
Ya know when the Demokrat Victims Party sends out the Kool Aid Packages with the Talking Points on the back, they do intend that you should repeat the Talking Point for forever.
Now quit being lazy, and start typing the latest Talking Points.
There are Sheeple to control, and your repeated post of....... "The good news is that as long as the Republikans continue their racist policies, they will continue losing elections"....... lost the intended effect about 10 months ago.
#8 Apr 26, 2013
Alllrighty then, You want to hide your "source" of the Propaganda piece.
I must say that is so out of character for you Sheeple.
#10 Apr 26, 2013
What an unexpected response.
Whouda Thunk that a Sheeple would play the Child's "Ya well what about you" here on Topix?
By the way Child, I set the news of the day that professionals use to "prepare" for their next days broadcasts.
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