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Posted by Alcibiades in General Discussion: Presidency
Mon Apr 18th 2011, 10:20 PM
Which is a racist agenda. When they put out signs that have the preisdent with a bone in his nose, compare him to an ape, etc., it reveals what everyone ought to know but they will deny: the tea party people are the one and the same as the John C. Calhoun people, the Nathan Bedford Forrest people, the Lester Maddox people, the George Wallace people. Same people, same culture, same attitudes, same lies, same propaganda.

Key to their success has been to appeal to the basest of racists through dog whistle politics, using coded messages that are not overtly racist, while getting the message out to their grand order of secret knights that they are out to defend decent white folks everywhere. For example, they use images such as the Cadillac driving welfare queen to denounce our social services as inherently a giveaway to undeserving, lazy minorities. The public image is simply the Cadillac driving welfare queen, who "happens" to be black, but of course they don't choose her because she's black. Same with Willie Horton. He was chosen because he was a criminal, who happened to be black. The blackness is a coincidence. They are not racist.

But what do these folks really think? We cannot look into their souls. Whenever accused of racism, they deny it. They have legions of black friends, it was only a joke, one only sent to a few friends. That's why this is important: the fact that a tea party member, a member of the central committee of the Orange County GOP, an official representative of what used to be the party of Lincoln, privately sent this to "a few people–mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it." They do this while putting people like Herman Cain forward in an attempt to whitewash their racism. And yet, privately, they are photoshopping the face of our first black president onto the body of an ape. The fact that she sent this only to a few people who (she thought) would not be offended shows that she knew this crap is racist.

That's why this is important. We cannot ignore it. You cannot understand American politics today without understanding the whole history of race in America, at least from Lincoln, the firing on Fort Sumter, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Klan, the civil rights movement, the inception of the GOP's southern strategy, all the way up to the Tea Party. You have to call these people on their bullshit anywhere and everywhere.






Now see if there is any similarity between this sort of thing and the sorts of racist depictions of black folks you would have seen in Jim Crow era:



The racist images of today ought to be put side by side with re racist images of yesteryear, because it shows that these are the same assholes up to the same old tricks. depicting black folks as being like apes or monkeys with simian features is part and parcel of their bag of tricks, and we must never hesitate to point this out.
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