Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Quote of the Day

"I need to say that it has been pointed out that cataloging racism is a sight below the standards of this blog. I sort of agree. But over the course of the Obama presidency I have become convinced that no single force exerts a greater pull on his presidency than white racism. Not white resentment. Not white populism. White racism. I don't know how else to explain a health care denounced as reparations, the rather continuous disrespect, the sense that he is a Kenyan illegitimate or all of the attendant theories. I do not know how else to explain a state like West Virginia, arguably the most racist in the country, where delegates are now refusing to endorse the president. There will be more on this in the coming months. I don't want to scoop myself. But my point is I can only stop talking about racism, when it ceases to be a significant force in our politics. When the mere act of being white gives Obama's opponent 'a home-state advantage nationally,' I can't stop. It would be deeply wrong to stop."

-- The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates

I gave Coates the Quote of the Day honor because I'd rather have his thoughtful and passionate rebuttal put front, center and above the actual repugnant comment he was responding to, which was this -- from Arizona conservative talk radio asshole Barbara Espinosa:

"I don't believe in calling (Barack Obama) the first black president. I voted for the white guy myself. I call him a monkey."

Are all Republicans racist? No, of course not.

But make no mistake: The GOP as an institution has fomented, tolerated, enabled or exploited racism within its ranks for far too long, and it's never been more blatant and sickening than during the past three-and-a-half years of the Obama presidency.

If you deny it at this point, you're either lying to yourself or you're an idiot.


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Drew said...

The slings and arrows that President Obama have had to endure have been nothing short of embarrassing. The fact that he has risen above it and has endured it with grace is an inspiration on a scale not seen in a very long time...and surpasses pretty much anything that any current (or maybe even past) politician has had to face.

By merely showing up to the party he has made every privelaged WASP shit their pants and has brought forth to full flame an issue that had been smoldering for a while. I think it made us (some of us at least), as a country, realize how far we've come and how far we have to go.

Regardless of how you feel about his policies, ideals, or him'd have to admit that it took a tremendous amount of courage for him to be in the office he's in...just on the raw scrutiny of him alone.

ZIRGAR said...

You nailed it. While the GOP claims that it's not racist, the fact remains that it maintains a very comfortable space within its ranks for racists to spew their hate and idiocy. And the GOP wonders why it can't win over the African American community...If it even really cares one way or the other.

Nathan said...

It's rather telling that the Conservative Blogosphere goes into paroxysms the instant JEB Bush questions the direction the Republican Party is taking...denouncing him as a RINO and branding him a heretic, yet comments like Espinosa's are met with deafening silence. If, as many Republicans claim, those are fringe sentiments, then the majority needs to call her on them.

Tuba Terry said...

But white people keep telling me racism is over!

Seriously - When asked 'Are we in a post-racial society?' the only group who responded 'yes' above 20% was whites. It's really one of those WTF things. The people living it are saying it's still a problem, they might be onto something. On the other hand, if your immediate reaction to that information is anywhere near "they've all got a victim mentality", you're probably a racist.