SayAnythingBlog: It’s “ALL” About Race

SayAnythingBlog (9/29/08)

It’s “ALL” About Race

Barack has repeatedly called Michelle Obama his most

trusted and valued senior adviser.

“You know, as a black man, Barack could get shot going to the gas station.”

She continually plays the race card and incessantly rants about fear, fear, fear in America…. and about America’s ignorance …”we feel justified in our ignorance….that’s America.”

Fear makes people feel comfortable-what an idiot!!!

The Roots of Symbolic Racism II: Lee Atwater, 1981

Bob Herbert (9/25/07)

The Ugly Side of the GOP

Quoting Lee Atwater from an interview with Alexander Lamis given in 1981:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.

And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me—because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

American Prospect TAPPED: WHY PALIN WILL DO FINE AT THE DEBATE.

American Prospect TAPPED

WHY PALIN WILL DO FINE AT THE DEBATE.

It’s sort of funny to watch liberals get all excited about the idea that the VP debate will be some kind of train wreck for Sarah Palin. It won’t, because VP debates aren’t really about finding out which candidate is more qualified, but framing the candidate at the top of the ticket.

Sarah Palin has been at her most effective delivering scripted attack lines, and the debate won’t be an interview. She won’t be answering tough questions as much as she will be reheating the slams against Obama she’s spent time memorizing all week. All indications are that Palin is actually very good at “the nonanswer.” Whether she comes across as knowledgable doesn’t matter if she manages to reopen doubts about Obama’s ability to be president. Expect her to turn questions about her qualifications into questions about Obama’s, and inquiries about her religion into arguments about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. All she has to do to reignite that conversation is frame herself as a victim of a double standard — and that’s the other thing she seems to be great at. The media will do the rest.

Daily Dish:Andrew Sullivan: The Ifill Attack

Daily Dish:Andrew Sullivan

The Ifill Attack

It’s straight out of Rove. Attack the debate moderator. The best that can happen from the Rove-Schmidt point of view is that Ifill softens her questions to Palin out of fear of being smeared by the McCain camp, as they have tried to smear me and any other journalist doing their job. The worst is that Ifill does not get intimidated, asks tough questions, and then gets the post-debate spin by the GOP focused on her, not Palin. It helps too that Ifill is black: it shores up the racist vote McCain needs to win.

Why not ask Couric instead? Or Campbell Brown? It should be a woman. And removing Ifill will only help black turnout. But I really miss Tim Russert right now, don’t you?

ThinkProgress: Kansas mayor wins prize for dressing in blackface drag: ‘All this PC is bullshit.’

ThinkProgress

Kansas mayor wins prize for dressing in blackface drag: ‘All this PC is bullshit.’

The Wichita NAACP blog reports that Mell Kuhn, mayor of Arkansas City, KS, appeared last weekend in a beauty pageant fundraiser wearing a blackface drag costume. Appearing at the event to support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a group helping abused and neglected children in court, Koon dressed as a character named “Smellishis Poon.” During the talent portion of the event, he even had backup dancers called his “Red Hot Puntangs.” In an interview on Tuesday with the Arkansas City Traveler, Kuhn defended himself:

All this PC is bullshit. We go around walking on eggshells all the time, we don’t get anything done.

At the fundraiser, Kuhn won awards for “most creative talent” and the overall Ms. CASA 2008. He has insisted he didn’t intend his costume to be “blackface” because he “can’t do a black accent.” Since that time, under pressure from the NAACP and other organizations, Kuhn has apologized for actions.

World’s Worst – Bachmann Blames Minorities For Economic Crisis

World’s Worst – Bachmann Blames Minorities For Economic Crisis

StuffWhitePeopleDo: blame problems caused by white people on non-white people

StuffWhitePeopleDo

blame problems caused by white people on non-white people

In the following three-minute clip, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-Minnesota) enacts the persistent tendency of white people to wipe their own messes onto the backs of black and brown people. What she’s reading into the Congressional Record here is part of an article from a right-wing publication, the Investor’s Business Daily, that blames the current financial crisis on “blacks and other minorities,” many of whom took out mortgage loans they later couldn’t afford. Never mind, she would probably say, that a lot of white people did that too.

StuffWhitePeopleDo: fail to see the pathological whiteness of john mccain and sarah palin

StuffWhitePeopleDo

fail to see the pathological whiteness of john mccain and sarah palin

Bill Maher explains how hard white Republicans have to pull on their bootstraps, just to get a little further along in this racist, mean old world.

Feministing: The Gwen Ifill defense

Feministing

The Gwen Ifill defense

Right-wing bloggers and journalists are making noise about Gwen Ifill moderating tonight’s debate, because (gasp), she is writing a book about race and American politics. Naturally, this fact combined with her being black makes her blind to her own racism and favoritism of Obama. No, wait, actually, that assumption is racist.

Here is why. If Ifill were a white journalist and even more so a white male journalist, there would be no question in her ability to moderate the debate fairly. Furthermore, George Stephanopoulos moderated a debate between Hillary and Barack during primary season and he worked in the Clinton administration. Did anyone make noise about that? (No, really did they? I can’t remember.)

Furthermore, the assumption that her book is somehow “pro-Obama” is also problematic. People write books about key figures in history all the time, does that assume they are biased towards them or merely contributing to the political dialog?

Andrew Sullivan gives us the worst case scenario. Well, I guess leave it to the right-wingnuts to come up with any excuse, irrelevant of how racist, to stop us from seeing the *real* Sarah Palin.

I can’t wait for the debate!

Nashville PostPolitics: Family Court Judge Explains Her Signature On The English First Petition

Nashville PostPolitics:

Family Court Judge Explains Her Signature On The English First Petition

Via Jeff Woods:

“It’s my philosophy that democracy is strong and everybody ought to have the right to vote on issues that are important. A dear friend of mine asked me to sign it. I thought, well, you know, if it’s on the ballot, the people are good. We have a good city. It’ll be defeated handily.

“I wouldn’t vote for it. I think it’s a terrible initiative. It’s misleading. They call it English First. They mean English Only.”

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