Some of the wildest cheers during last night's Republican National Convention came during South Carolina Nikki Haley's remarks, comparing the state's voter identification law — currently blocked by the Department of Justice — with the purchase of Sudafed…
We said in South Carolina that if you have to show a picture ID to buy Sudafed and you have to show a picture ID to set foot on an airplane, then you should have to show a picture ID to protect one of the most valuable, most central, most sacred rights we are blessed with in America — the right to vote. And what happened? President Obama stopped us.
Electing politicians and buying anti-decongestants do have something in common, in that both promise to make things better, but mostly leave you drowsy. On the other hand, I don't remember reading about the Sudafed marches of the 1960s. All the historical evidence must be in the very obscure Letter from a Birmingham Meth Lab that Dr. King wrote in one of his low moments…
Tags: Nikki Haley, Racism, Republican National Convention, South Carolina, Voter Suppression
Any large gathering of people is bound to feature some people known in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as "raging assholes." It's just that during political conventions, it's expected that these people use their inside racist voice when confronted with T.V. cameras, 'lest their behavior reflect on their entire political tribe.
If only there was a story to illustrate this principle in a nutshell (thrown by a RNC attendee at a camerawoman)…
Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after they threw nuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and said, "This is how we feed animals."
Multiple witnesses observed the exchange and RNC security and police immediately removed the two people from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The convention released a statement saying, "Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated."
A cynic would say that this is evidence that the Republican Party isn't racist, just number one among racists. But I prefer to view this as a risque form of performance art: the people who believe in white supremacy always strive the hardest to disprove their own theory by example.
Tags: Racism, Republican National Convention
Oh no! Joe Biden really stepped in it this time. Somehow or other he managed to offend Sarah Palin. And you know how hard that is…
Sarah Palin said Tuesday that Vice President Joe Biden's remark that Republicans "are going to put y’all back in chains" was "disgusting" — and added that it should make the Obama campaign seriously consider kicking him off the Democratic ticket…
"There weren’t enough groans and boos when he said such a disgusting comment, really, especially to a demographic there that includes 48 percent of the community being black Americans," Palin said Tuesday night.
Hey, this is a subject on which I really trust Sarah Palin's expertise. She, more than anyone, knows the proper amount of groans and boos that should be heard when making a disgusting comment in front of a large audience. It's needs to be just enough to add pleasant sonic counterbalance to screams for blood and shouts that "He's a Muslim!"
"Greta, if that’s not the nail of the coffin. Really the strategists there in the Obama campaign have got to look at a diplomatic way of replacing Joe Biden on the ticket with Hillary."
And, if for any reason Hillary Clinton is busy or isn't interested or something, I'm sure the Democrats could find another strong female figure to fill the slot. Someone with a large following who would be willing to bend her allegiances and ideologies the the point of breaking for a chance at some sweet national power.
I'm sure they could find somebody like that if they just looked hard enough.
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Tags: Joe Biden, Racism, Sarah Palin
The debate over whether or not powerful political figures like Barack Obama, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice could help push America into a post-racial era appears to be over. It's pretty clear that they have.
In fact, they've maybe even been too effective, pushing us past post-racialism and into an era of reverse-racialism in which minority groups are given preferential treatment over the now-subjugated majority. At least according to some people.
And by some people, I mean white people…
Whites believe that they have replaced blacks as the primary victims of racial discrimination in contemporary America, according to a new study from researchers at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School. The findings, say the authors, show that America has not achieved the "post-racial" society that some predicted in the wake of Barack Obama's election.
Both whites and blacks agree that anti-black racism has decreased over the last 60 years, according to the study. However, whites believe that anti-white racism has increased and is now a bigger problem than anti-black racism.
To be fair, white people have always believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism. Now we just think that it's happening more often.
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Tags: Polls, Racism
Just prior to Mitt Romney's arrival in London, one of his advisers has revealed the shocking secret that President Obama is a black guy, telling the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph that Romney would have a better grasp of the relationship between Britain and the United States because, "We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special. The White House didn't fully appreciate the shared history we have."
The advisers spoke on the condition of anonymity because "Romney's campaign requested that they not criticise the President to foreign media" and also because even the dimmest surrogate must be embarrassed at having said "the special relationship is special," a tautology that is tautological.
Since the advisers never explain how Romney's policy towards Britain would differ from Obama's, most have interpreted this remark as a racist "dogge hwistle," just a tad more subtle than a World Net Daily feature. But in an era when politicians are falling over themselves to warn about the dangers of Iran and China, it's nice that someone has the courage to stand up to the Jutes and the Frisians. Wait till the Romney administration is done with you, smug Danes, with your pickled herring and low Gini coefficient. I'm also looking forward to domestic policy improvements, such as a decline in incarceration rates when weregild replaces imprisonment.
Alternatively, maybe this is part of a ploy to downplay Romney's Otherness. After all, the President's mother, Ann Dunham, descends from a "seventeenth-century Pilgrim settler who emigrated from England to America as one of the founding fathers of the colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts." Makes Romney's Mexican-Cyborg heritage seem all the more foreign.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Foreign Policy, Mitt Romney, Racism, United Kingdom