Tuesday, June 17, 2014

So! Is Traditional The New White?

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Wise politicians take words very seriously and are quite fond of speaking in “code.”  The problem with speaking in coded language is code-breakers; the upside, of course, is deniability. 

For example, when Paul Ryan spoke, a few months back about young “inner city” men who are “not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work because they rely on government assistance,” . . . just about every man, woman and child in America was uncomfortably aware of whom Ryan was speaking.

Nevertheless, Paul Ryan was able to put on his shocked face, exclaim:

This has nothing to do whatsoever with race. It never even occurred to me. This has nothing to do with race whatsoever.

and walk away unscathed.  What? me racist?

Republicans are fond of extrapolating that, since Lincoln—a Republican—freed the slaves there is NO WAY that a Republican can be a racist.  Many white Americans are proud to point out that they no longer buy and sell human beings and have successfully curbed their primal urge to take the law into their own hands and string up people who don’t show enough respect for their whiteness.

Thom Tillis is a Republican who figures he’s ready for prime time.  He is currently Speaker of the North Carolina State House of Representatives but just won the Republican primary aimed at unseating US Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC).  Speaker Tillis has served some seven years in the state house accruing lots of political acumen and some pretty awesome code-speaking skills of his own, along the way.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 06/17/14 at 01:22 PM
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