Monday, August 27, 2012

Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself

That said, what I have also long maintained — and what seems increasingly evident as we move into the heart of the 2012 campaign — is that the style of opposition, its specific form, and its particular content are too often embedded in a narrative of white racial resentment, white racial anxiety, and a desire to “other” the president in ways that go well beyond the politically partisan. It is not that criticisms of Obama are quantitatively racist, per se, but rather that they are qualitatively so in too many instances; a distinction, yes, but one that does not alter the underlying reality.

In other words, it is one thing to disagree, even mightily, with a president’s policies. It is quite another to suggest that that president is really a foreign impostor: over, and over and over and over
and over and over and over and over and over again. And to accept no proof, no matter how extensive, that he really is an American after all.

How many times can a man be the butt of racist humor, or likened to black dictators, or accused of seeking racial revenge upon white people, before it is no longer outrageous or the playing of some mystical, magical race card to assert that, indeed, the people doing these things are really just race-baiting white nationalists in conservative garb?

How long, in short, before we call that which walks and talks like a duck, a fucking duck?



csmith2884 said...

Can't speak for anyone else but I have been calling it race for about four years now.

Kal said...

So have I and history will look at this time in the same way.

Daisy said...

"No one asked to see my birth certificate" That's the whole point, Mitt.

DrGoat said...

The Republican party has embraced these people wholeheartedly. They are no longer a valid institution in my eyes. Just another bunch of mean-spirited haters.