Jezebel: Just Say It: The Race-Baiting Tactics Of John McCain And Sarah Palin Are Reprehensible

Jezebel

Just Say It: The Race-Baiting Tactics Of John McCain And Sarah Palin Are Reprehensible

(H/T Feministe)

Most people in this country would like to believe that visceral hatred for one’s fellow Americans — including racism — is limited to a small number of radicals on either end of the political spectrum, or maybe to certain areas of the country. The truth is — as some of us are having to confront this week — that it’s simply untrue. So-called normal people can go wild-eyed and start spouting shit off the likes of which one would think would be confined to Arkham or parody, while others will holler things like “Kill him!” at political rallies because they feel like they’re safe to do so. And, if the behavior of John McCain and Sarah Palin (along with the mainstream media) this week is any indication, they are pretty safe from repercussion. 

UPDATE: McCain’s campaign has a response to their angry, race-baiting supporters: Obama just doesn’t understand them. No, for real, that’s their response. Senior [white people] adviser Nicole Wallace said, “[The African-American] Barack Obama’s assault on our [beloved white] supporters is insulting and unsurprising. These are the same people Obama called ‘bitter’ and attacked for ‘clinging to guns’ and faith,” because it’s always a good idea to remind angry, violent, racist mobs about their firearms. Spokesman Brian Rogers said, “Barack Obama’s attacks on [white, racist] Americans who support John McCain reveal far more about him than they do about John McCain. It is clear that Barack Obama just doesn’t understand regular [white] people and the [white] issues they care about [because he’s a black man. Black!].” 

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