The main reason I haven’t written about this before was that, to me, the strategy was so prima facie ridiculous, racist and self-serving, I was sure no one could possibly take it seriously. I mean, I literally chuckled and shook my head the first time I heard tell of it and did a Lil Jon “HWHUT!?”
But leave it to me to fail to see the enduring appeal of a classic conservative “Blame the Niggers” strategy. Black people are sort of used to taking the blame unjustly for all of society’s ills. A lot of the time, we just roll our eyes, shrug it off and go about our business, just trying to put food on the table for our families.
Right now, certain people – certain predatory lenders and those who supported them – are looking for someone to blame. Those who asked for de-regulation and self-governance are looking for a bailout from their mistakes and when you’re looking for government welfare, why not lay blame on the (non-existent) “welfare queens” with whom you’re now competing? Who took your money, your house, your retirement savings, your job, your Christmas? Certainly not anyone with wealth and power, in charge, with access to policymakers, making decisions that affect millions. No, America — this is so simple. Who did this to America? Why, the niggers! The niggers did it!