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Saturday Night Card Game (If You Can Hear the Dog Whistle, You Might Be a Racist)

Saturday Night Card Game (If You Can Hear the Dog Whistle, You Might Be a Racist)

A new Associated Press poll says that race relations have worsened in the last four years, with a higher percentage of Americans now expressing “openly racist” attitudes towards blacks.

Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not….

Racial prejudice has increased slightly since 2008 whether those feelings were measured using questions that explicitly asked respondents about racist attitudes, or through an experimental test that measured implicit views toward race without asking questions about that topic directly.

I don’t believe the results or the methodology behind them, let alone the objectivity of those charged with measuring “implicit views.”  Such polls have been published for years, though the ones that find whites feeling more put upon are usually ignored or dismissed.

But for sake of argument, let’s stipulate that anti-black racism is more prevalent in 2012 than in 2008.  Why would that be?

Maybe because for four years we’ve heard that criticizing the policies of a president who promised to “fundamentally transform” the country that a lot of people liked as-is constitutes racism.

On Thursday, August 16th, Toure a co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC said that Romney is engaging in the “niggerization” of the campaign.  Romney’s crime?  Saying that Obama should “take his campaign of division and and anger and hate back to Chicago.” …

Just about a week before that instance, Matthew Rothschild of The Progressive has an article titled “Romney Goes Racist on Welfare”.  What was Romney’s crime this time?  Criticizing Obama for waiving legally unwaivable provisions in the welfare reform law.  See, according to Rothschild, Romney is only bringing up this issue ” to appeal to white working class voters who can be swayed by not-so-subtle racist innuendo.”

In this insane Mobius strip, we’re then instructed that objecting to such character assassinations is another self-evident form of racism, even if it’s hiding inside an imaginary dog whistle:

On Wednesday, MSNBC host Chris Matthews tackled a variety of, what he views as, persistently racial memes and insensitive attacks directed at President Barack Obama from the right. After detailing a series of attacks on the president from a number of prominent Republicans, Matthews chastised those who criticize him for seeing racism in questionable places. He said that those who disagree with him on that matter are “dead wrong” and “dangerous.”

Though “shuck and jive” long ago entered America’s mainstream lexicon (see Jimmy Webb’s excellent song of four decades ago, Mr. Shuck and Jive, almost certainly written about a white man), to apply the term now as a description of the president’s obfuscations about Benghazi brings cries of racism…from those who themselves use it.

Oh, and let’s not forget that the Trayvon Martin killing is supposedly Exhibit A for America’s “War on Young Black Men,” despite statistics proving that that blacks are many times more likely to be killed by blacks than they are by whites.  (See Chicago on any given weekend, if that’s not a racist dog whistle.)

The civil-rights establishment has too much (money and influence) at stake to acknowledge that America 2012 isn’t Mississippi 1955, which explains why so-called “civil rights leaders” play a shell game with white America’s overwhelming acceptance of Martin Luther King’s call to judge people by their character instead of skin color.  Hence, the bad old days magically become the good old days:

Under segregation we built and were in charge of our own institutions. We ran our own schools, built our own banks, and started our own colleges. Under segregation we did not have to use words like “role models” because that’s what everyone was in the African American community. In my neighborhood, Duke Ellington, James Baldwin, Thurgood Marshall, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson were everyday common occurrences on our streets. When integration came, it meant that that those who could afford it and qualified were integrated into white society, while the rest stayed behind. Thus we needed role models. When integration occurred, the black leaders of the black community integrated into the white community. But they were never allowed to hold the same positions of leadership and power that they held in the black community.

You know when it’ll be clear that racism is all but dead and buried?  When so-called liberals stop accusing black conservatives of being Uncle Toms and Aunt Jemimas.

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African-American author Shelby Steele described the Chris Matthews and the Toures of the world perfectly when he said such people could,

“… feel the pea of racism under 20 mattresses.”

Here’s a suggestion to those who are concerned about “racism.” Don’t just elect a “black” president, but elect one who is actually interested in improving relations between ethnic groups.

Here’s another. Come up with some measurable goals, so that these then can be used to determine progress, or the lack thereof, instead of being left to subjective opinion.

Here’s a final one. Consider what Abraham Lincoln said. “If you look for the bad in people, you will surely find it.” So, start looking for the good in people and in what ways improvements have been made.

quiksilverz24 | October 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Remember when “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was a bad Warrant song, and Aunt Jemima was just a talking bottle of maple syrup?

Oh, wait. Warrant was an all white hair band, and the bottle talked to a blonde haired white girl. Now I get it!!

BannedbytheGuardian | October 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Give me an S H A M E L K A.

Give me a K A R M A .

I thought it was interesting that Matthews’ son recently got married and there wasn’t one black person at his wedding.

SmokeVanThorn | October 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I find that the vast majority of liberal Americans express stupidity, dishonesty and malice, whether they recognize those characteristics or not.

The “persons of color” I know would never accept mediocre (or worse) service, merchandise or food from commercial providers. So why do so many ignore it in IMPOTUS? And expect the rest of the nation to follow their lead?
Privately, they don’t. It’s only when speaking for attribution they support the company store. Slavery takes a terrible toll.

You know a poll is BS when you are asked to describe entire races of people using adjectives designed for individuals, i.e., are they lazy, friendly, violent, hard-working, etc. The first part of the poll is whether or not you like and agree with Obama vs Romney – if not you are presumably racist. The second part, the behavior portion, has no “correct” answers, only answers that give AP it’s story.

l’ve got a problem with any group of people who consistantly over 90% vote for & support fascists ,l dont care what color. Excepting of course those few who dont.

This is the next logical step for leftists. After all, they know they’ve lost the race card, used up all reserves of white guilt, and inured conservatives–including minorities–against charges of RAAAACISM, so what to do, what to do? Hey! I know! Let’s tell them they’re racist . . . even if they don’t know it themselves! That’ll fix ’em. People who oppose Obama hate all black people . . . without knowing it! Only leftists truly know the hearts, minds, and souls of everyone, and they’ve decided we’re racists. That we are not isn’t a problem for them because they’ll just say we are AND ONLY THEY KNOW IT.

I find it pretty hilarious, actually, that the people who thrive on race-baiting and identity politics, and are self-declared care-takers of the pathetic (to their mind) black people who can’t even manage to get a free voter i.d. card (because leftists truly believe black people are inferior in every possible way) keep pushing this after it’s clear to everyone else that leftists do nothing but project their own prejudices, their own racism, on everyone else.

They look at Obama and see a black man first. Sometimes that’s all they see. That we can look at him and see a failed president, a committed Marxist (aka communist), a petty little man who is in over his head doesn’t compute to them because while they may see all that, to them, it’s not nearly as important as his being black. Race is a weapon for them, and this is the last shot in their tired arsenal. Accusations of racism may stir up their base, but it won’t silence conservatives of any race any longer.

That has to be galling.

I’ve posted this before, but in the post-modern age of race-baiting, the simple test to detect the racist is determined by a test, which I affectionately refer to as the “Smelly Fart” Test. It basically says that the racist is the one who first brings up the allegation of racism when there is no concrete evidence for such an allegation. In other words, “Who smelt it, dealt it.”

“Greatest Line Ever Against Democrats”

Bob Hope. Vid is 25 secs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkmS6JrWSPU&feature=related

Lifelong liberal Camille Paglia is right:

“I consider him, now, one of the most racially divisive and polarizing figures ever. I think it’s going to take years to undo the damage to relationships between the races.”

But this is traumatic denial territory for the Left. They can’t digest straightforward objective failure much less the brutally ironic and self-parodic disaster that was Barack Obama, “post-partisan healer.” No, the coming Narrative is that this only proves America’s racism.

BannedbytheGuardian | October 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Fuzzy – you are also stepping into the world of labelling & stereotypes.

Marxism & Communism are not responsible for Obama being elected President .

A Failed President is all you need to make your case.

    A slight majority elected to exchange their liberty and dignity for submission with benefits. That is the definition of left-wing ideology, including Marxism and communism.

    It’s worth noting that traditionally, the exchange occurs under duress or through deception . While in America, despite the benefit of full awareness, that exchange was entirely voluntary.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to n.n. | October 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      True .

      Interestingly there is no Dr Zhivago tales ,no snow driven landscapes &. Amtrak is still Amtrak. There are no super trains either.

      There are no Grapes of Wrath no Blues masterpieces.

      there is nothing to show for this , not even OSL’s corpse which at least would be gratifying.

      lots of new technology & no stories.

If I’m aware that violent crime with Whites and non-Black Hispanics has gone up significantly in the last 4 years, am I a racist?

If I observe that almost 70% of Black children are growing up in single parent households, and I am having trouble distinguishing between race and culture, and am I a racist?

They do enjoy extrapolating from the exceptional to a majority position. In fact, that’s where the civil rights movements went off track. They denigrated individual dignity and in the process sponsored progressive corruption of individuals, institutions, and culture.

The problem with movements like civil and human rights, or progressivism, is that they are designed as responses to circumstances, and since they are not principle-based, they must be dismantled before they become what they initially opposed. Much like bureaucracies, they evolve to protect their own existence.

[…] Read it. You know when it’ll be clear that racism is all but dead and buried?  When so-called liberals stop accusing black conservatives of being Uncle Toms and Aunt Jemimas. […]

But Obama was supposed to heal the racial divide in America!
// Sarc \\

What has worsened racism in America is not Obama’s election, but Obama’s open and blatant racism as evidenced by the DOJ’s refusal to prosecute the NBP for voter intimidation because the voters intimidated were not black. Moreover, a lot of average every blacks in America saw the election of Obama as payback against ‘whitey’, and Obama did nothing to dispel that impression. Instead, his rhetoric helped to foster it. So, Americans of all colors were treated to a paroxysm of racism from blacks, over and above what they’ve been ignoring. When your only reason for voting for a guy is because of the color of his skin, you are a hands down unrepentant racist. Plus, the were all these attacks under the guise of some game by a lot of youths who killed some elderly people. Plus, there were the mass beat downs of people who’re white just because they’re white. Obama remained silent, and the DOJ said nothing.

All of that leaves an impression. The Obama rule is this: punch back twice as hard. Well, when you show overt and active racism to folks, don’t be surprised if they start punching back at you harden than you can hit them.

America is more racist today thanks to Obama. Now his voters are swearing they will riot if he loses. I’ve long said that when you are 12% of the population it is insanity to go up against the other 88%, which includes all the people who are not black and who have been attacked for that very reason.

Lock and load.

ConserveLiberty | October 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Cross-Posted:

So. I am a

Republican-Voting-Gun-Owning-Once-Married-Heterosexual-Non-Adulterous-Thrice-Parent-Hard-Working-Well-Educated-Earned-Wealth-High-Income-Home-Owning-Church-Going-57-Year-Old-Mayflower-Descended-White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant-Male-American.

I guess I am an

Everything-Ist.

I wonder who Martin Luther King would be voting for in our upcoming election?

I’d be curious as to his views on the use of the race card by the obama regime over the last 5 years for reasons that have nothing to do with racism.

I also had the misfortune of coming across that AP article, and I appreciate you calling it out for the despicable rubbish it is. Gee, I wonder why this article is coming out *now*? Trying to guilt people into voting for Obama again? Yeah, but we’ve already been there, done that, and what did people get for voting for the “nation’s historic first *black* president”? Not a crappy black president, but a crappy president. Which is precisely the point. It’s about policies and politics, not race. The article doesn’t consider *if* its findings are even partly true, if racial attitudes have soured, *why* have they soured?

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