Jack and Jill Politics: Barack the Socialist = Obama the Uppity Elitist

Jack and Jill Politics (10/27/08)

Barack the Socialist = Obama the Uppity Elitist

My criteria for a racist attack during this long and arduous campaign season has been to pause when these three conditions are present and examine what message might actually be on the dogwhistling march:

1) Is it unique to Obama, i.e. is it a phrase we’ve never heard before applied to any other presidential candidate ever or is it something we haven’t heard in recent memory? For example: elitist or drug seller.

2) Is it illogical or impossible – does the assertion plainly contradict the facts? For example: elitist, drug seller or tax raiser.

3) Is it repeated, over and over, by a desperate person whose team is falling in the polls & who adopts a wide-eyed, credulous, nodding stare pronouncing the lie slowly and precisely with a watchful eye to see if the listeners are buying it. For example: elitist, drug seller, tax raiser or terrorist.

Does the assertion cause nervousness, embarrassment or confusion among non-blacks? When other white people such as Tom Brokaw sense something wrong and start to ask questions like “Do you really believe that?”, you know you’re in the racist attack zone.

3 Responses

  1. A really interesting post, really. Makes me think about this thing I came across on YT that sums up what this election is all about. Time to get fired up and get past the hype!!! Makes you think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpIWXOX4shg

  2. I think this is a great project!

    One concern I have is the way racism gets infused into accusations that do get directed at white candidates. I’ve heard lots of white candidates accused, for example, of elitism and wanting to raise taxes. Yet the specific ways Obama and candidates of color get associated with those labels can still be and often is racist.

  3. I guess the elist comments didn’t work, now they are using socialism. Most americans dont even know what socialism is. Anything to make him sound “foreign”. Shame.

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