RaceWire: Campaigning for the “Real American”


Campaigning for the “Real American”

Sometimes I hear people say, “Racism is now more subtle than it used to be.”

I’ve come to hate the term “subtle racism.” Racism may be concealed, complex, coded, or cleverly disguised. But it sure ain’t subtle. Not in terms of its impacts.

Speaking of cleverly disguised but not very subtle racism, Gov. Sarah Palin’s remarks at a recent campaign stop in North Carolina sure qualify.

The vice-presidential candidate said she and her running mate “believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you—hardworking, very patriotic, very pro-American areas of this great nation.”

In her latest attempt to fan the flames of the culture war, she uses the term “real America” as a proxy for “real American,” which you can safely assume, in her little wonderland, is as white as Wonder bread. But, aw shucks, you gotta love that subtlety.


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