OpenLeft: McCain’s Dog Whistle Racism


McCain’s Dog Whistle Racism

John McCain: (2nd debate transcript) 

But you know, one of the real catalysts, really the match that lit this fire was Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I’ll bet you, you may never even have heard of them before this crisis.But you know, they’re the ones that, with the encouragement of Sen. Obama and his cronies and his friends in Washington, that went out and made all these risky loans, gave them to people that could never afford to pay back. 

First off, the kid McCain was talking to was black, so I found the “I’ll bet you never heard of them” bit condescending, but remember the basis of this argument is this (h/t kovie):


Then go here to read about the National Review making this case in an explicitly racist form.This is the evolution of a racism dogwhistle.  It starts with conservative extremists in the sewers who say it openly, migrates to one of the “respectable” figures who tones it down a bit, and within a week, comes out of the candidate’s mouth with no overt racial tones except for all the ground work already being laid.

Plausibly deniable, but those who have ears to hear it will happily eat it up



One Response

  1. Of course McCain is racist. He can’t tell black people apart.

    Check it out:

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