Topic | dog whistle racism

Is Hillary Clinton the Anti-Christ? Only if You Believe in Demons

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I’ve been seeing Facebook posts by Leftists getting the vote out for Hillary Clinton popping up. The first think I thought of as I saw them was, wow, that’s brave. Then it occurred to me that my thinking that says everything about this time in our politics. How the hell did we get to the point where committed, […]

When Welfare Was White: What The Fight Over the Safety Net Is Really All About

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Much has been written about the fight over the social safety net. Many say that Newt Gingrich calling President Obama the “food stamps president,” and Mitt Romney lying about the President dropping the work requirement in welfare is dog whistle racism meant to gin up a base they’ve spent 50 years building with racist appeals […]

Whitewashing History at the Democratic National Convention

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Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines the word whitewash as, to gloss over or cover up (as vices or crimes), or to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data.   I got to thinking about whitewash, and whitewashing history in particular, during the Democratic National Convention. At the convention, a whole lot […]

Harkening Back to a Whiter Time

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On MSNBC’s Up this weekend, host Chris Hayes went after the Republican strategy of using nostalgia to rev up their base. He claimed that a reason conservatives long for the past is that, back then, (white) social mobility, the basis of the American dream, was more possible. He went on to feature a robust discussion […]

The Othering of Barack Obama and the Growing of a Movement

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Liberal political reporting regarding the Republican’s campaign strategy of exploiting racism to defeat Barack Obama is giving me a serious headache. I’m sure you’ve heard the rhetoric. Romney’s now said that the Obama philosophy is foreign (which is equated with dangerous). His campaign surrogate John Sununu went further, saying that President Obama needs to “learn how […]

Dog Whistle Racism

Liberal pundits are buzzing over Mitt Romney’s latest strategy of playing the old, “I know you are, but what am I?” game. In response to criticism that he’s too out of touch, not to mention odd, to relate to working class voters, Romney is accusing President Obama of being “out of touch.” Romney has even […]