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Everyone’s a Racist
National Review Online ^ | June 22, 2012 | Ian Tuttle

Posted on 06/22/2012 7:07:57 PM PDT by neverdem

‘Here’s a little secret,” Keith Olbermann told viewers in 2010. “When racist white guys get together and they don’t want to be caught using any of the popular epithets that are in use every day in this country about black people . . . the racist white guys resort to euphemisms and code words.”

At least Olbermann acknowledged that not all white people are racist; but three and a half years into the first “post-racial” presidency, one might get that impression. Take the list Olbermann enumerated on air: “Cocky, flippant, punk, and especially, arrogant.” Last week, Congressional Black Caucus executive director Angela Rye added cool to the list: “Even cool, the term cool, could in some ways be deemed racial.”

Liberals have spent the past four years tearing out page after page of Merriam-Webster. “Articulate” and “bright” were forbidden early in the 2008 primary season, with Obama defenders dredging up a classy Chris Rock joke that “articulate” is “some s**t you say about retarded people that can talk.” But CNN, Legal Affairs, and other media outlets had bestowed the same compliment on John Edwards during his meteoric rise years before. A 2004 Slate headline called Edwards “bright and articulate and really, really youthful,” while Steve Benen wrote at the Carpetbagger Report in 2003 that “Edwards is a very bright, articulate, and aggressive lawmaker.”

In April, Mitt Romney unveiled a new campaign slogan at a stop in Ohio: “Obama Isn’t Working.” Racist, cried Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher: It evokes “the stereotype of the ‘lazy,’ ‘shiftless’ black man.” Van Jones, Obama’s erstwhile “green-jobs czar,” said in a web chat that the slogan set off “racial fire alarms.” But as the Romney campaign explained, the slogan was a tribute to Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative party, whose “Labour Isn’t Working” poster, designed in 1978 when the Iron Lady was running for prime minister, was named by Campaign magazine the poster of the century: Its image of a winding unemployment line “pointed to Britain’s economic climate of rising unemployment, rising inflation, and a growing national debt.” Sound familiar?

Criticism of Obama policy is also racist. During debates over the president’s health-care overhaul, NPR claimed that “a sharp divide [exists] between whites who have a liberal outlook on racial issues compared with those who have a conservative outlook on racial issues.” Meanwhile, responding to South Carolina congressman Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst during the president’s 2009 health-care address to Congress, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote, “But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!”

Reflecting on C-SPAN on Obama’s election to the presidency, filmmaker Michael Moore said Obama succeeded among young voters “because they’re not as racist as the previous generations,” implying that all those older white folks who rejected Obama at the polls were racist.

And if liberals can find racism in Obama’s electoral victories, they can certainly locate it in his defeats. After a federal prisoner received more than 40 percent of the vote against Obama in May’s West Virginia primary, state Democrats blamed the racist voters. But, of course, in a closed Democratic primary, those could not be bigoted Republican voters. The state Democrats condemned their own.

The Left hears so many “dog whistles” in today’s public discourse that one fears to say anything at all. And that’s the point. Liberals use the accusation of racism as a cudgel to cow political opponents. But the refusal by so many on the left to approach with honesty disagreements on questions of policy indicates intellectual bankruptcy, and many are growing savvy to the invocation of race to forestall substantive debate. Furthermore, what anti-black racism does exist in America could not possibly account for the nearly 50 percent of voters who disapprove of the president’s performance, or his policies’ frequent failure in the courts, or his poor performance in his own party’s primaries.

In his book Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power, Josef Pieper wrote, “The dignity of the word, to be sure, consists in this: through the word is accomplished what no other means can accomplish, namely, communication based on reality.”

Liberals have spent the last four years manipulating and excising words because they refuse to confront reality.

But then, we already knew that.

— Ian Tuttle is an editorial intern at National Review.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: racism

1 posted on 06/22/2012 7:08:00 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Everyone’s racist, unless you’re black or you vote Democrat. Then you’ve got free reign to say and do anything you want.


2 posted on 06/22/2012 7:19:36 PM PDT by risen_feenix
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To: neverdem

They can call me any darn thing they want as long as we get that communist POS out of office. And, reverse every Executive Order, every over reaching rule from all his all to powerful czars and agencies and return the government ot the people.


3 posted on 06/22/2012 7:45:38 PM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: neverdem

The Congressional Black Caucus is the most racist group I’ve ever seen. They even kick out members of their own race for not being racist enough.


4 posted on 06/22/2012 7:48:03 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: neverdem

Like ‘we’ had opined earlier.
Can’t call me a racist cause I have absolutely no problem with BO’s ‘Black half’, it is his ‘White half’ I despise.

HAD A DREAM

“Woke up in Nov to an ‘angry’ BO with his minions behind him and he declaring:
You voted me OUT because I am Black.
Answer (in unison)
No. You got voted in because your are Black.
You got voted out because you are incompetent AND stupid”.

Ah, one can dream can’t I?


5 posted on 06/22/2012 8:09:09 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "Hopefully this administration is a "bad dream" - think the Newhart show.")
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To: neverdem

I am not a member of any race based organization.

Dems typically belong to several.


6 posted on 06/22/2012 8:11:05 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I trust Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Cain, Perry, Bachman : I trust their judgment on their 2012 pick.)
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To: neverdem

It don’t work on moi, but it does work on many others, many here - watch them defend theirselves!


7 posted on 06/22/2012 8:13:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: risen_feenix

I think the movement (back) has begun.

Slowly first. but it has begun...

Finally.


8 posted on 06/22/2012 8:17:10 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: neverdem

An Irishman walks into a bar ...

9 posted on 06/22/2012 8:22:53 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: ozzymandus

Dont you worry. The Congressional White Caucus will put these shiftless lazy black people in their place !


10 posted on 06/22/2012 8:23:42 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: neverdem

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote, “But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!”


Well Maureen, that’s because you’re a racist...WITCH! Did you catch the “unspoken word” that time?


11 posted on 06/22/2012 8:28:09 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: neverdem

Oh, who gives a rat’s *ss.

Personally, I’m sick to death of hearing about how people are “racist” every effing time some Black person somewhere suffers a disappointment in life.

Get over it.


12 posted on 06/22/2012 8:29:05 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
You mentioned Maureen Dowd. That name triggers certain rules on this website. ;)


13 posted on 06/22/2012 8:36:31 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: risen_feenix

“Everyone’s racist, unless you’re black or you vote Democrat.”

However if one is black and is “off the plantation” (ex. Allen West), there is a special wrath reserved for that person.


14 posted on 06/22/2012 8:48:05 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: Bratch
Huh? What does Catherine Zeta Jones have to do with Maureen Dowd? Not that I am complaining about the pic.
15 posted on 06/22/2012 9:01:34 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: neverdem

I only discriminate based on culture, not on race. I am, however, highly prejudiced when it comes to culture.


16 posted on 06/22/2012 9:03:51 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: Cyman

From what I’ve gleaned, Maureen Dowd’s boyfriend left her and married Catherine Zeta-Jones.


17 posted on 06/22/2012 9:09:21 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: Cyman

you have been here how long?


18 posted on 06/22/2012 9:09:33 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Cyman

Michael Douglas dumped MoDo for Miss Jones. Wouldn’t you?


19 posted on 06/22/2012 9:16:05 PM PDT by MisterArtery
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To: neverdem

Larry O’Donnell opined that, ‘Romney is out get 100% of the racist vote’. That isn’t possible; Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the MSNBC on-air staff and Eric Holder will not vote for Romney.


20 posted on 06/22/2012 9:19:31 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Ineptocracy; the Obama way.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse; Cyman
From what I’ve gleaned, Maureen Dowd’s boyfriend left her and married Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The story as it relates to FR:

1. Early in the Clinton impeachment process, Miss Maureen started writing negative stuff about Der Schlickmeister.

2. The Clinton gang recruited Michael Douglas to help get Maureen's mind "right".

3. She responded by starting to defend De33r Schlickmeister.

4. Dougla and Dowd were an "item" for several months. Until Clinton was acquitted by the Senate.

5. Whereupon Douglas dropped Dowd like a used orange peel...and married Catherine Zeta-Jones.

6. As a sign of compassion for the jilted Maureen's unrequited love, a FReeper began appending photos of CZJ to every Maureen Dowd thread.

The practice lives on today, 13 years after the fact.

21 posted on 06/22/2012 9:24:58 PM PDT by okie01
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To: neverdem

It is normal for all species to mistrust those that are not of their clan, brood, herd, pack, species (and so forth).

It is a normal adaptation that all species developed for self preservation.

Yes we humans are all prejudiced. It is just that most people can get over that fact. Those that can’t are Bigots.


22 posted on 06/22/2012 9:44:11 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: jongaltsr

23 posted on 06/22/2012 9:46:50 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: neverdem

I’m sick to death of the never ending taunts and sharp sticks in the eye from the left. Why don’t they just declare war on us and get this thing started already?

I’d prefer an honest bare knuckled fight to this endless schoolyard crap.


24 posted on 06/22/2012 10:03:13 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Fred Hayek
...if one is black and is “off the plantation” (ex. Allen West), there is a special wrath reserved for that person.

Tell me about it. My family thinks that I've been kidnapped by right-wingers and hypnotically programmed to be a 'race traitor'.

I'm a complete embarrassment to them now. They speak of me only in hushed tones of fear, anger, and sadness.

Actually, it's not quite that bad, but darn near. They still have a hard time with the fact that I voted for GWB twice(!), and chose Sarah Palin over Obama.

25 posted on 06/22/2012 10:12:20 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: neverdem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbud8rLejLM


26 posted on 06/22/2012 10:24:25 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: MisterArtery; Cyman
Michael Douglas dumped MoDo for Miss Jones.

Leading to an epic meltdown. It was great!

MoDo gradually spiraled out of control over a period of a few years and then went nuclear on her own family between Thanksgiving and Christmas two or three years ago -- and the NYT actually published it: published the rantings and ravings of an emotionally-distraught middle-aged woman as she went supernova on life, family, and most of all, her disappointed hopes in Michael Douglas, who went off and happily married the gorgeous and intelligent CZJ and never looked back.

Personally, I think the NYT editors' decision to go ahead and run with MoDo's explosion will be a case study in journo schools for some time to come.

It has been an FR "rule" ever since, that whosoever mentions Maureen Dowd in the forum, owes us a pic of the beauteous CZJ.

27 posted on 06/23/2012 2:30:55 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: okie01
The Clinton gang recruited Michael Douglas to help get Maureen's mind "right".

I never heard that!! Source! Cite! Links! <Oh, do please dish!!!>

LOL

28 posted on 06/23/2012 2:38:23 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: neverdem

euphemisms and code words.” we need to call in the thought police. One code word we use for you d###head


29 posted on 06/23/2012 4:26:09 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: neverdem

Woohoo! Now it’s out the open. Can I wear the hood and sheet to dinner with my moreno Latino family? Freedom!


30 posted on 06/23/2012 4:59:32 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: neverdem
And that’s the point. Liberals use the accusation of racism as a cudgel to cow political opponents.

We will not be free as long as we care what names we are called. My response to being called a racist is to now say "OK. So?"

31 posted on 06/23/2012 5:38:54 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Windflier
I’m sick to death of the never ending taunts and sharp sticks in the eye from the left. Why don’t they just declare war on us and get this thing started already?

Because they know they would lose in a straight-up fight. That's why.

If you make somebody feel guilty enough, it's easier to get him to come along quietly to his execution.

32 posted on 06/23/2012 5:44:07 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Because they know they would lose in a straight-up fight. That’s why.


In war, you do not fight the way your enemy wishes. That’s something we on the Right need to understand and practice.


33 posted on 06/23/2012 7:25:07 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: PapaBear3625
If you make somebody feel guilty enough, it's easier to get him to come along quietly to his execution.

Fewer and fewer Americans (of every political stripe) are falling into the guilt trap these days. People can only take being made wrong for things they have no causation over for so long. Like the race card, and the blame Bush card, the guilt card is being accepted at fewer and fewer places.

The left had better hope and pray that they never push us over the edge into a real fight. It would be over within a week, and their very existence would likely be outlawed.

Outlaw the left. What a comforting concept.

34 posted on 06/23/2012 9:05:04 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: neverdem
Everyone’s a Racist

So?

35 posted on 06/23/2012 9:12:17 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Demons run when a good man goes to war)
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To: PapaBear3625
We will not be free as long as we care what names we are called. My response to being called a racist is to now say "OK. So?"

Absolutely right. Many years ago, I started responding that way, and then challenge the fool to discuss facts. That ends a lot of useless chatter and I don't really care how they wish to stereotype me anyway.

36 posted on 06/23/2012 10:58:21 AM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: xrmusn

We definitely need a like button on FR!


37 posted on 06/23/2012 11:18:28 AM PDT by rocksblues (Obama, the biggest liar in the history of American politics!)
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To: Windflier
The left had better hope and pray that they never push us over the edge into a real fight.

Hear,hear!

Outlaw the left. What a comforting concept.

Absolutely. I pray for the day when the left is decisively vanquished.
38 posted on 06/23/2012 11:37:38 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (If you want to kick a tiger in the ass, you better have a plan for dealing with his teeth.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
In war, you do not fight the way your enemy wishes. That’s something we on the Right need to understand and practice.

The Right needs to understand that we're in a fight, and fight to win. They use our own tax money against us, with their agents being government employees, welfare recipients, recipients of government grants, and union people who depend on the government to secure their jobs and guarantee them well-above-market-wages.

Step one would be to deny the Left its funding and logistics. Cut their funding. Eliminate union privileges. Make them get real jobs.

39 posted on 06/23/2012 5:07:52 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: neverdem

Using this logic then every black person who voted for Obama did so because John McCain is white. Ergo all blacks are racist.


40 posted on 06/23/2012 8:46:58 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Windflier

At least you’re in Texas. I’m in Obama country. It’s simply miserable.


41 posted on 06/27/2012 8:46:27 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
At least you’re in Texas. I’m in Obama country. It’s simply miserable.

I used to live in Obama country. Why do you think I hang my hat in Texas? LOL

42 posted on 06/27/2012 8:54:49 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: neverdem
Glad to see this issue exposed to the light. Finally. What's sad is they do it because it has long been useful. No more.

The tagline--->

43 posted on 06/27/2012 8:56:06 PM PDT by Dysart (Race card is tyranny. Don't be cowed.)
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