Apr 242012

Here’s a tasty one.  When the Romney campaign uses the slogan “Obama Isn’t Working,” it’s RAAAAAAACISM, according to someone named Tommy Christopher at Mediaite:

The slogan is a multiple entendre, but one of those entendres, intentionally or not, is evocative of a nasty racial stereotype about black men.

When I first saw the banner this afternoon, the multiple meanings were clear: President Obama‘s policies aren’t working, the Obama presidency isn’t working, President Obama…isn’t working, as in, doing any work. That’s not a nice thing to say about any president, but like it or not, it becomes a more loaded accusation when leveled at our first black president.

Just to be sure it wasn’t just me, though, I asked several friends about the banner, and four out of four pointed out, unprompted, the stereotype of the “lazy,” “shiftless” black man. One of the people I called was cable news fixture Goldie Taylor, who, upon hearing my description of the banner, said “Are you kidding me? You have got to be kidding me.”

OK, are you with me?  Do you see how the race-obsessed, hand-wringing liberal mind works?  It’s immediately from “Obama Isn’t Working”—a straightforward and uncomplicated assertion—to black men are lazy and shiftless.

Oh, and it’s Mitt Romney’s fault.  These people have actually convinced themselves that they read something, assign some nasty stereotype to it in their own minds, and that it’s all the Republicans’ fault.

You know, when that’s how “racism” is spawned, it really is everywhere.

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  4 Responses to “Racism under every rock”

  1. I’m a moderate, probably would be considered slightly left of middle. I think there’s probably some political philosophy out there that mostly covers my political views, but I’m not much for labeling/classification so I haven’t bothered to figure it out. I have lived in politics all my life, so I’m worn out with them for the most part and don’t have the will to get so snippy about it as big media would have us do so.

    Anyway, I’ve seen said slogan, and it had never crossed my mind to interpret it in the way mentioned above. It’s just another instance of pointless “political drama” that I tend to just ignore. It’s absolutely pointless, and is only a distraction from what the adults ought to be discussing.

    I find that lately, racism tends to be a hypocritical thing, and it may be possible to call me a hypocrite for describing it this way. I find that it’s often the first to claim someone is racist, is in fact the only racist in the discussion.

    There’s all so many other places where I find racism to be hypocritical, but it’s not directly pertinent to this particular story. Racism in general is just an excuse in my opinion. If you’re playing the racism card, then you probably don’t have a terribly valid argument to begin with.

  2. “I find that it’s often the first to claim someone is racist, is in fact the only racist in the discussion.” Indeed, Tahm. Indeed.

    You know, I don’t think I ever knew anything about a stereotype of a “lazy, shiftless black man,” even growing up.

    I heard fairly recently that Kool-Aid was a stealth racist epithet too, because bringing it up you were pointing out that the rich white kids had soft drinks and the poor black kids had Kool-Aid. This person was serious. I never heard of that in my life.

  3. How about if I believe “Obama Isn’t Working” because his schedule is filled with fundraisers and golfing?

    I never heard of the Kool-aid bit before, either.

  4. Most of the black men I knew growing up either worked with one of my grandpas or with my dad. And trust me, they were anything BUT lazy or shiftless. Obama isn’t working because Obama isn’t working. Period.

    And no, I never heard that Kool-aid thing either. Maybe that’s because when I was growing up we NEVER had Coke except on the rare occasion we went to McD’s, Penn’s or Taco Bell. We drank water or Kool-aid at home. Oh, and sometimes sweet tea. And we ate at HOME 90+% of the time. 🙂

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