August 08, 2009

When the going gets tough ...

... the tough, er uh, weak cry "racism." We've already seen it with that "Obama-as-Joker" poster; now, others are "on the case":

-- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Cynthia Tucker says that "'45 to 65%' of the [healthcare] protesters are motivated by racism."

-- The NY Times' Paul Krugman: "But they're (healthcare protesters) probably reacting less to what Mr. Obama is doing, or even to what they've heard about what he's doing, than to who he is." (Link.)

Does this sound familiar? It should: it's a strategy that has played a central role in American politics ever since Richard Nixon realized that he could advance Republican fortunes by appealing to the racial fears of working-class whites.

Many people hoped that last year's election would mark the end of the "angry white voter" era in America. Indeed, voters who can be swayed by appeals to cultural and racial fear are a declining share of the electorate.

-- MSNBC opines that town-hall protests are "a threat to Obama's life": "The town hall confrontations are turning violent....Where is all of this heading? New fears for the safety of America’s first African-American president."

-- The healthcare industry is "playing with fire":

It is playing with the racist hatred of some white Americans who cannot accept that we have an African American president. They are using the very same people who are the “birthers”. When you consider that 58% of Republicans and most Southerners either do not believe that the President is a citizen or are unsure - you have a group of people who are deluded and do not want to accept the outcome of the election: an African American holds the most powerful office in the land. These people are desperately holding on to an America of the past not the future.

-- Racism at these town-hall events is "always implicit."

-- Conservatives "often can’t help themselves from indulging in racism." So it is with healthcare, too (since the message of the one placard was obviously lost on this guy).

-- Lastly, locally, frequent Delaware Politics commenter "noman" let's us all know what topics actually mean "racism."

Posted by Hube at August 8, 2009 12:17 PM | TrackBack

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