Saturday, April 21, 2012

Some conservatives are racist

I have previously written that modern conservative Republicans have become racist. I cited the continuing birther nonsense brought up by Donald Trump about a year ago, his demand for Obama's academic collegiate records, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's comments that Obama has a Kenyan and anti-colonist worldview, Republicans putting his head on a chimp, and comparing Michele Obama to a gorilla. And remember in the sixties the Republicans ran a plan called the "Southern strategy" which was to appeal to Southern white male voters by appealing to their fear of African Americans. Recently, former Republican presidential candidate and Tea Party leader, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, (R-Minn) demonstrated she's not above throwing out racist terms. In criticizing President Obama's desire to regulate oil speculators. said this,
"is just about waving a tar baby in the air and saying that something else is a problem."

Video below. Check it out at 1:50.

"Tar baby" is a derogatory expression for African Americans. I know that Bachmann's spokeswoman says it also means "getting one in a sticky situation." But folks, since I've been alive, I've always know it to mean a derogatory name for black people. See BET story. You've got to note that you never hear anyone use the term "tar baby" to indicate a "sticky situation." It's always used as a racist insult.

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