The National Review Online's Ian Tuttle has picked up on a noticeable trend: you can't call President Barack Obama articulate, bright, or even cool, according to some liberal pundits. Why? Because it's racist, that's why.
At the heart of the problem are racial stereotypes. Tuttle gives the example of a Mitt Romney slogan: "Obama Isn't Working." The slogan is a call-back to Margaret Thatcher's line "Labour Isn't Working" campaign. But some interpreted Romney's slogan as racial stereotyping.
Tuttle outlines a few other scenarios where the specter of racism is raised: Joe Wilson's "You lie!" moment in 2009, criticism of Obama's health care reform, even Obama winning his election thanks to the youth "because they're not as racist as the previous generations," according to Michael Moore. But the absurdity of invoking racism is a part of the point, Tuttle writes:
The Left hears so many "dog whistles" in today's public discourse that one fears to say anything at all. And that's the point. Liberals use the accusation of racism as a cudgel to cow political opponents.
Really? An organized neighborhood basketball tournament that looked like a lot of fun is now racist? I've heard claims that Kool-Aid is racist because poor black children drink Kool-Aid. Really? Why am I not surprised. All kids drink Kool-Aid. Even rich kids drink Kool-Aid... if their parents ever let them.
You can't take Kool-Aid away. The term "drink the Kool-Aid" is so useful.
Is Planned Parenthood the "institutional Racism" that Bell was talking about? That's not Institutional Racism. That's Progressive Racism. They're just using the "Institution" and taxpayer money. Part 12- Who is that woman? eeeeshh... so clinical. Joyce Tarnow... what a lovely person. http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Absolutely! Obama, and now Holder, cannot be criticized for anything without liberals in general and pundits in particular playing the race card. It is so old and worn out and now they're coming up with ordinary words that are nowhere near racial that we should eliminate from our vocabulary. In short, we're not supposed to criticize the president for anything...period.
How about BS? Cause that what I'm calling this attempt to censor speech they don't like but watch out if you caution the left about their hate speech. There's nothing more cocky, cool, or flippant than that!
Hah. They let Chris Rock skate completely. The one who got nailed to the wall was Don Rickles. Which is really too bad, cause Rickles is a goddamn legend. And for the record, this exact point was mentioned in one of the man conservatives hate, Maher's, show. Basically, the black guy was allowed to say what the white guy can't.
As a side note, the zebra comment is hilarious. And I agree with it.
I'm black, and I don't think everybody who disagrees with Obama is a racist. But there are clearly people who hate Obama because he's black. The birthers fall into that category. I think most of the people who call him "socialist" or "communist" have no idea what the words mean, and are just using them as a substitute for a racial slur.
To Rose-from-NoHo I know what the terms “socialist”, “communist”, “progressive”, “liberal” and “anti-American” mean. I use them to explain the policies President Obama tries to force on the American people.
Remember years ago when Domino's and other pizza delivery joints were being called racist? I remember it well. Because I was a delivery pizza driver way back when. And the neighborhoods that got blacklisted were neighborhoods with a noticed frequency of delivery driver robbery. It wasn't the delivery driver's fault. How is he racist for wanting to make it home that night with their tips. Anyway, cases like this weren't common, but not unheard of either.
The fact that think a President who tried to rig the SCOTUS was a great president explains why we don't agree on anything. You're a progressive. I think Obama is quite the liberal he's just smart not to go after just the left radicals when he needs the independents. Progressive. It's like a swear word.
Oh yeah way too often. Everything and everyone is "racist" if you disagree with a liberal. But I tell you folks what. When someone does something about the black community slamming out the N word (which I marched to get rid of, and many many people were arrested, beaten and died even to try get rid of) than I worry about my own language.
*Some* members of the 'left' probably do. Just as *some* conservatives are probably racist. This is a prime example of how journalists need to create a buzz in order to save their jobs. That buzz-seeking is one of the major problems we have in this country. And, we, as a people, need to stop taking the bait so that we can, hopefully have a news media that focuses on important issues.
No. I think that African Americans are more racist today against whites. I admit there are racist people and states out there, but if you say anything to an African American they do not like they say its racism. Racism is a problem today for any race. But if someone just says "Obama doesn't work" many Africans Americans say that is racist. I would love to know how
I can't believe I missed this connection. I was waiting for a good spot to stick this in... kept slipping my mind. "White Guilt" at the University of Minnesota at Duluth is bad. And white people are bad. Shame on you if you don't have enough melanin in your skin to qualify as a victim group. SHAME!!! http://d-umn.campusreform.org/group/blog/univ...
Who is Emily Mortimer? Didn't she get the memo? American's are tired of being insulted by people that think that are smarter than everyone else because they have a profession that 200 years ago was an outcast. A source of entertainment and that's it. Their opinions were considered worthless. Why wouldn't they be? They're actors. Acting is the art of "pretending" in a convincing manner...