Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Right-wing racial panic

Joan Walsh, a smart and HOT liberal babe I adore on the desperate attempt by the wingnuts to flog an old video of an Obama speech as something ... Other. A totally fizzled bombshell.

I’m promoting a book that says we need to give most white people the benefit of the doubt: Most of us aren’t in revolt against multiracial America, or the president who heralded its arrival before many were ready.

But sadly, some white people are just that crazy, and Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson are their Pied Pipers, leading them off a cliff.
I'll help! Lemme scramble down there and sharpen those rocks for them!

Mainly, their complaint came down to: How dare a black president (or at the time, presidential candidate) talk to a black audience about black poverty and suffering! And the legacy of slavery, and the endurance of racism! Has he no shame?
Yeah, the damn Kenyan Muslim commie!

It pains me to pay attention to Carlson and Hannity. They’re hucksters and I mostly ignore them. And Matt Drudge too, who hyped the video much of Tuesday evening. They’re all trolls. But they’re singing from a GOP hymnal that we’ll hear more from before Nov. 6. It’s getting uglier, but it’s also getting dumber. They’re losing, and they know it.
Fuckin' A they do, and not just the election. They know why too, but they'll never admit that they're just plain wrong about everything. The ideology that white people rule is too ingrained. Or inbred.

The demographics of the country are changing, of that there is no doubt. Very brave, and ofttimes desperate but hopeful, folks have uprooted themselves and come to the United States for centuries. This is the best place in the world for people to have a good shot at starting over and getting ahead and making a better life for themselves and a better future for their children.

The trouble as the ideologues see it is that they're not as white as they used to be and there are getting to be enough of them that they're starting to gain a little political power and upset the traditional - and arrogantly egotistical and mistaken - God-given Eurocentricity of the society.

This ain't Tiananmen Square and that tank is going to roll right over them.

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