LA Times op-ed reveals new racist code word: “Elitist”

posted at 3:37 pm on April 16, 2008 by Allahpundit

A new breakthrough towards the left’s unified field theory of how all criticism of Obama is essentially racist. The last great advance came from Harvard prof Orlando Patterson, scanning Hillary’s pedestrian 3 a.m. ad on Obama’s inexperience and finding the lost sequel to “Birth of a Nation.” Now comes David Shipler, thesaurus in hand, following a trail of synonyms that leads straight to the darkest heart of racist AmeriKKKa:

[W]hen his opponents branded him an elitist and an outsider, his race made it easier to drive a wedge between him and the white, rural voters he has courted. As an African American, he was supposedly looking down from a place he didn’t belong and looking in from a distance he could not cross.

This could not happen as dramatically were it not for embedded racial attitudes. “Elitist” is another word for “arrogant,” which is another word for “uppity,” that old calumny applied to blacks who stood up for themselves…

Furthermore, casting Obama as “out of touch” plays harmoniously with the traditional notion of blacks as “others” at the edge of the mainstream, separate from the whole.

If you take this tool seriously, there’s quite literally no good-faith way to accuse a member of a minority group of being snobbish or condescending. Every road through Shipler’s copy of Roget will lead inevitably back to “uppity,” no matter how circuitous the route may be. He’s also playing games with the definition of “out of touch,” a term typically applied to Republicans not to suggest that they’ve been marginalized from mainstream society but that they’ve become so consummately mainstream and establishment that they no longer relate to average people. The classic example of being “out of touch” is George Bush not knowing how much a gallon of milk costs. “Otherness” is practically 180 degrees from the concept.

But that’s all prelude. Here’s the master stroke, reminding us once again that for people for whom racial stereotypes are supposedly such alien concepts, progressives’ thoughts seem to turn awfully quickly to them:

When Clinton mocked Obama for the supposed emptiness of his eloquence, the chiding had a faint historical echo from Thomas Jefferson’s musings in “Notes on the State of Virginia” that “in music they are more generally gifted than the whites with accurate ears for tune and time,” but “one could scarcely be found capable of tracing and comprehending the investigations of Euclid.”

Hillary tells Obama he’s a blowhard and this guy hears Ralph Bellamy in “Trading Places” talking about what a “musical people” blacks are. QED.

Exit question: What doesn’t qualify as a racist term? Exit answer: See the end of this Perfunction post to find out.


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I saw a HuffPo piece that argued along the same lines a day or two ago, so I’m not surprised some LA Times numbskull followed suit.

doubleplusundead on April 16, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Exit question: What doesn’t qualify as a racist term?

Republican. As in, Condi Rice and Colin Powell are Republicans.

Caring about the price of arugula doesn’t count as elitist.

rbj on April 16, 2008 at 3:41 PM

That’s just plain stupid. What an ass…wait, can’t use that word, it’s another word for donkey, which is the Democrat party symbol, Obama is a Democrat, so now according to this tool, I’d be classified as a racist!

Torch on April 16, 2008 at 3:41 PM

I seriously can’t stand intellectuals.

Baphomet on April 16, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Yet another reason I’d rather Hillary win her party’s nomination. I don’t know if I can stand much of this crap (and since crap is generally brown, there’s clearly a racist comment somewhere in my last sentence).

Esthier on April 16, 2008 at 3:44 PM

…there’s quite literally no good-faith way to accuse a member of a minority group of being snobbish or condescending

Well, duh. Hasn’t the endless moral outbursts of Rev. Wright, Sharpton, and Jackson made that clear?

Wineaholic on April 16, 2008 at 3:45 PM

What doesn’t qualify as a racist term?

Only one I can think of is “Vote Obama.” Everything else is suspect.

a capella on April 16, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Liberals are stupid which is another word for brain dead, which some people refer to as retarded, a term deemed by some to be an insult to mentally handicapped individuals. Therefore if one calls a liberal stupid they are making fun of mentally handicapped people.

This would be an example of the liberal “logic” applied by this brain dead individual.

Jay on April 16, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Obamawright pretty much got rid of any worries about being called a racist. As my deceased Dad used to say, “call me anything you want, just don’t call me late to supper.”

JiangxiDad on April 16, 2008 at 3:46 PM

How about if we just call his WHITE HALF elitest?

I’m getting really tired of the whole MSM meme that he is a Black Candidate, and that its important…

HE IS AT LEAST AS WHITE AS HE IS BLACK!!!

Romeo13 on April 16, 2008 at 3:48 PM

NO one says Nigger anymore because we have been taught that some may take offense.
Many take the Lord’s name in vain with no thought how it offends the religious.
Even our Republican candidate for president who would have lost if he said I’ll build the Wetback Fence if they want it.

PrezHussein on April 16, 2008 at 3:48 PM

We’re all just peasants, what to we know.

moonsbreath on April 16, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Here are some other racist code words that should be avoided in discussing Obama:

Unqualified

Inexperienced

Snobbish

Over-hyped

Unaccomplished

Insubstantial

Self-important

Empty suit

Bloviating

Pretentious

Self-absorbed

Thin-skinned

Messianic

Cicero43 on April 16, 2008 at 3:50 PM

So, we can’t say Obama is elitist, we can’t say he’s condescending, we can’t say he’s out of touch, and we can’t say he isn’t prepared to be President.

But we definitely should have an open and honest discussion of race, with Obama being the healer of the rift between the races.

Before we have this “open and honest” discussion, are we going to rule out any possible comment from one side of this discussion? Oh, we already have? Then we’re ready for the one sided discussion (also known as a lecture) on this topic.

Thanks to Shipler for clarifying that any criticism (and some compliments) for Obama are racist and unacceptable. Its good to know that we’ve got those with their fingers on the pulse of racism are also ready to shut down any possible discussion to further personal political views (or the “good of all”, whichever).

gekkobear on April 16, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Orlando Patterson? He’s an elitist.

indythinker on April 16, 2008 at 3:50 PM

6 degrees of victimization?

Typical.

I can’t even keep up with all the different words and phrases that have been hijacked and twisted by some “group” (funny how they usually skew left).

So much for another old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones…”

I still can’t figure out how the hippies stole the “V” for victory hand gesture.

It’s also funny that the super-sensitive, nuanced, progressive lefties are constantly fanning the flames of racism out of one side of their mouth and allegedly condemning it out of the other.

reaganaut on April 16, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Americans are getting exactly what they deserve. When you entertain political correctness, eventually you will be forced to kowtow to it – and you will still be called a racist.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 16, 2008 at 3:51 PM

The MSM only issues marching order for 1/2 the country now. The rest of us just ignore them. Must be mighty annoying for them, that and the newsroom layoffs and all.

JiangxiDad on April 16, 2008 at 3:52 PM

They are building the case that any criticism, of any black is, by definition racist especially if it comes from a white.

Just as they are building the case that any policy advanced by a republican is bad policy because, by definition a white conservative republican is a criminal.

rockhauler on April 16, 2008 at 3:52 PM

NO one says Nigger anymore because we have been taught that some may take offense.
Many take the Lord’s name in vain with no thought how it offends the religious.
Even our Republican candidate for president who would have lost if he said I’ll build the Wetback Fence if they want it.

To be honest, much of that is because no one fears getting their butt kicked by an offended Christian.

Jay on April 16, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Elitist is a stupid word that I wish all conservatives would stop using when addressing the comments made by Obama. It makes it so easy for him to volley back.

ninjapirate on April 16, 2008 at 3:52 PM

The funniest thing is I have no idea what a gallon of milk costs. Seriously, no clue whatsoever.
I know what arugula is but I have no idea how much it is or where to acquire it in Montana.

And LA times editorialist, seriously, dude, we’re not racists. We just don’t like being looked down on by anyone who makes more than $100,000 a year and acts like the “common man”. It’s a rich person vs. regular income person thing. Not a race thing.

mjk on April 16, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Only one I can think of is “Vote Obama.” Everything else is suspect.

Sorry. According to Geraldine Ferrarro, that’s racist, too.

NeighborhoodCatLady on April 16, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Via Ace, here’s more at HuffPo:

Let’s cut to the chase, as they used to say in Hollywood. What the elite-mongers are actually doing is calling Obama an uppity ni**er and he knows it. What they are saying is “How dare this black man who was raised by a single mother on food stamps and managed to make his way through Harvard pass judgment on those poor whites who didn’t have his good fortune in being born black and poor?” Why can’t he be more like that decent Colin Powell who took his orders from Bush and spread his lies before the United Nations and then went home to choke on them? Or more like Condi who does a little tap dance with the truth every time she is called before Congress to testify about her egregious failures of judgment? That’s the way decent black folks are supposed to behave in government these days.

Lovely.

amerpundit on April 16, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Many take the Lord’s name in vain with no thought how it offends the religious.

Racial slurs are a different category because no one choose his/her race. Religion, on the other hand, is a set of beliefs that people freely ascribe to. Therefore, it’s perfectly tasteful to ridicule religion, and perfectly contemptible to ridicule ethnicity.

Besides, if God gets upset when we use His name in vain, you’d think He’d come out and say something about it by now…

Enrique on April 16, 2008 at 3:57 PM

But, he is articulate.

cjs1943 on April 16, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Elite = arrogant = uppity; which = racist codespeak. And LeBron James with a Supermodel on the cover of Vogue evokes visions of King Kong and Faye Wray. Would these morons please just shut their pie-holes.

Lunkinator on April 16, 2008 at 3:59 PM

Same old bald tire. Still pushing the love bus around the block.

Limerick on April 16, 2008 at 4:01 PM

amerpundit on April 16, 2008 at 3:55 PM

That’s the one I read!

doubleplusundead on April 16, 2008 at 4:02 PM

I seem to recall John Kerry being called a snob and an elitist during the last presidential election. Does that mean that people were really calling him an uppity you-know-what too?

And isn’t it funny how a guy who was raised by his grandpa and grandma (who was a bank vice president) in a high-rise in Hawaii, and who attended a pricey private school while living in paradise, can morph into an impoverished child raised by a single mother on food stamps?

AZCoyote on April 16, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Wait a minute! I am confused. I thought elitist was a sexist term to slander sHrillary.

elitist=arrogance

arrogance=bitch

bitch=sHillary.

Great. Now I don’t know if I am racist or misogynist.

Mallard T. Drake on April 16, 2008 at 4:03 PM

I’m getting really tired of the whole MSM meme that he is a Black Candidate…

Romeo13 on April 16, 2008 at 3:48 PM

That’s not an MSM meme, dear, but a two hundred year old social convention. However, I do think it’s laudable that many are open to a new method of thinking on the topic and look forward to the day when it won’t matter at all to anyone.

baldilocks on April 16, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Calling one’s own elderly grandmother “a typical white person” because she feared traveling to a bus station alone after recently being assaulted there: $0

Calling people who live in small towns and believe in God “bitter”: $0

Not disagreeing when followers call you “The Messiah” after you eat a $100 slice of ham: $0

Replying to people who call an Ivy League-educated arugula-and-brie-loving man “elitist” by calling them “racist”. . . . . priceless

indythinker on April 16, 2008 at 4:07 PM

And isn’t it funny how a guy who was raised by his grandpa and grandma (who was a bank vice president) in a high-rise in Hawaii, and who attended a pricey private school while living in paradise, can morph into an impoverished child raised by a single mother on food stamps?

AZCoyote on April 16, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Well he is running in the Dem. party. They still have some standards.

JiangxiDad on April 16, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Heh. The left has invented a new game: Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Racist Synonyms.

db on April 16, 2008 at 4:08 PM

But, he is articulate.

cjs1943 on April 16, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Just ask Joe Biden.

Rod on April 16, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Cicero43 on April 16, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Don’t forget their antonyms.

shick on April 16, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Let’s just pretend then that blacks don’t get advantages when applying to colleges.

Weren’t they put in place by do-gooder liberals and happy little elite liberals?

benrand on April 16, 2008 at 4:09 PM

“Elitist” is another word for “arrogant,” which is another word for “uppity,” that old calumny applied to blacks who stood up for themselves…

Then again, sometime a cigar is just a cigar.

Sigy on April 16, 2008 at 4:11 PM

That’s not an MSM meme, dear, but a two hundred year old social convention. However, I do think it’s laudable that many are open to a new method of thinking on the topic and look forward to the day when it won’t matter at all to anyone.

baldilocks on April 16, 2008 at 4:07 PM

It’s not the social convention anymore. Being black or another victimized minority is the only way an otherwise unqualified nobody can make a serious run for President. I look forward to the day when this can’t happen.

JiangxiDad on April 16, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Elitist is a stupid word that I wish all conservatives would stop using when addressing the comments made by Obama.

What makes the word “stupid?”

And it appears that the Left will use anything, any method to win–even changing the definition and the connotation of an innocuous word.

Am I being elitist? :-P

baldilocks on April 16, 2008 at 4:11 PM

All this post-racial politics is wonderful. People can freely discuss their differences without having to playing six degrees of separation with a thesaurus. I’m finally proud of this d*rn country. Now if we could only get free government aid for finding a decent nanny for 6 fix-figure lawyers’s kids.

pedestrian on April 16, 2008 at 4:12 PM

“Elitist” is another word for “arrogant,” which is another word for “uppity,”

This reminds me of that south park episode where the scientist figures out what’s going on with the probe in cartman’s ass by connecting a bunch of unrelated stuff together, only the south park episode made more sense.

Pat Meebles on April 16, 2008 at 4:13 PM

It’s not the social convention anymore. Being black or another victimized minority is the only way an otherwise unqualified nobody can make a serious run for President. I look forward to the day when this can’t happen.

JiangxiDad on April 16, 2008 at 4:11 PM

I agree with you second two sentences, but my point was that calling a person who is half-black and half-white “black” was a social convention created “back in the day” and not a present-day MSM meme.

baldilocks on April 16, 2008 at 4:15 PM

So if someone calls me out of touch because I`m a conservative, does that mean I can charge them with a hate crime?

I am white though, but still, out of touch IS a code-word afterall.

ThePrez on April 16, 2008 at 4:15 PM

NO one says n###er anymore because we have been taught that some may take offense.

Some? Everyone should take offense.

Many take the Lord’s name in vain with no thought how it offends the religious.

PrezHussein on April 16, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Word is that the Lord is rather powerful, so I think that He can take care of Himself. If He can’t, then well, He wouldn’t be the Lord now, then would He.

MB4 on April 16, 2008 at 4:18 PM

No surprise here. If they can turn the use of Obama’s actual middle name into something racist then it’s easy to turn the word elitist into the same thing.

TooTall on April 16, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Hey AP…

I don’t want to hijack the thread. This piece was shown last night at the end of Hume’s show on Fix News. Fix cut it off just before the highlight of the exchange. Note, the female involved is John Conyers spouse (of fake impeachment trial fame).

Watch it all the way to the end, the answer to your questioin will be answered.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=qqOSNI7l0bQ

swami on April 16, 2008 at 4:21 PM

This could not happen as dramatically were it not for embedded racial attitudes. “Elitist” is another word for “arrogant,” which is another word for “uppity,” that old calumny applied to blacks who stood up for themselves…

Good lord.

If you take this tool seriously,

Unfortunately, there are many people who will.

Anyway, the “tool” description for the author was well placed, and well deserved.

wise_man on April 16, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Therefore, it’s perfectly tasteful to ridicule religion

Enrique on April 16, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Except for ridiculing Islam, Infidel.

Aleph on April 16, 2008 at 4:23 PM

NO one says n###er anymore because we have been taught that some may take offense.
Some?

Everyone should take offense.

unless you are a colored person working in the hip hop industry. because then your just speaking about your friends. pretty messed up if you ask me.

SoCalInfidel on April 16, 2008 at 4:25 PM

Cicero43 on April 16, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Most of the words on your list would apply to Obama’s white counterpart, John Kerry. Elitism is what brought Kerry down in ’04. I prefer to call people like them Euro-elitists. Their allegiance is not to America, but to all the wealthy “intellectuals” in the “global community.” Their pretenses are the same tenets that the left media ascribes to – America is not exceptional. It’s just another country.

Connie on April 16, 2008 at 4:25 PM

That article revealed more about the writer’s own bigotry toward small town whites than it revealed about anything else. And why do liberals keep trying to redefine words to in order to make their stupid points? We should start referring to this as the “six-degrees of separation” theory of racism. Anything you say about Obama can be linked to racism in 6 links or less.

Spolitics on April 16, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Man, I know there are a lot of younger Republicans who grew up listening to rap. I know it. Will you folks please reach out to someone white and help them out? Please.

Maybe we can start a PAC to teach Repubs the ins and outs of communicating to black people.

Man, white people have a lot to learn. I may start doing seminars up at the Learning Annex or something.

Sample Lesson 1: What mistake did I already make?

Ding, ding, ding. Alluding to rap music as a primary communicative platform for blacks is RACIST!

###
Can’t say I didn’t see this one coming. Quite honestly, I don’t think Republicans are ready for the shitstorm of complexities, nuance and flatout confusion awaiting us during this oh-so-diverse fall campaign.

All of you self-professed lunkheads who are as racially transfixed as Al Sharpton on your victimhood as white males need to find another drum to beat. Defending Macacaesque screwups will not help our cause. We can’t kowtow to clearly racial BS either.

Be doggedly practical. Otherwise we will be getting beat with our own drums.

Honestly consider why it my be that the right struggles so publicly with race? On paper, we’re right. In real time, we’re floundering.

Nothing would be more wholly reparative to our nation and than a qualified, courageous, black Republican wartime President.

Given that option, I would have a hard time not voting for him in part because he is black.

The Race Card on April 16, 2008 at 4:29 PM

I don’t think it’s racial. What do you call a woman named Madonna Louise Ciccone from Bay City, Michigan, who ends up pursuing a jet set life from a British castle full of servants, and speaking with a phony British accent? You might say she took an elitist turn, which she has every right to do. But she’s not running for anything.

RBMN on April 16, 2008 at 4:29 PM

I don’t care much for the man, but Bob Johnson was right. Obama’s campaign and all their media lemmings have a knee-jerk reaction and disposition to try to spin him a way out by using accusations of racism.

It’s like that Kevin Bacon 6-degrees thing: for Obamalibs, no matter what, anything about Obama can be connected to his race.

It’s making me sick.

Dubn8tr on April 16, 2008 at 4:31 PM

Connie on April 16, 2008 at 4:25 PM

That’s right Connie. I’ve been saying that they’ve been trying to re-run Kerry in the guise of Obama, but now that the LA Times is running scared, it proves I’m right. They can’t have him exposed as just another rather typical haughty liberal elitist Democrat. So they have to push the “black” thing to hide the uncomfortable truth.

JiangxiDad on April 16, 2008 at 4:31 PM

I hope they keep it up.
By november, everyone will be so sick of it that they will just ignore Obama when he cries racism.
Like the boy who cried wolf, no one will listen to that crap anymore.

ArmyAunt on April 16, 2008 at 4:32 PM

The Race Card on April 16, 2008 at 4:29 PM

What?

JiangxiDad on April 16, 2008 at 4:34 PM

Is it racist if we call him the Messiah or any other positive adjective?

Riposte on April 16, 2008 at 4:36 PM

What?

JiangxiDad on April 16, 2008 at 4:34 PM

LOL

Honestly consider why it my be that the right struggles so publicly with race?

Because we don’t do affirmative action. Period. It’s that simple.

pedestrian on April 16, 2008 at 4:39 PM

the chiding had a faint historical echo from Thomas Jefferson’s musings in “Notes on the State of Virginia”

I didn’t use to talk this like, but what scares me is that there was a time when I wanted to talk like this.

mymanpotsandpans on April 16, 2008 at 4:41 PM

The Race Card on April 16, 2008 at 4:29 PM

I have no idea what the point was that you were trying to make. I dont believe racism is as strong as it once was…at least not here in california. To be honest i am not voting for obama because his policies regarding businesses and taxes will cripple the nation and continue to outsource jobs overseas and in my opinion his agenda is taking steps toward a socialist government which, being a business owner, I am completely and utterly against. I never once took his color of skin into consideration.

SoCalInfidel on April 16, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Is it racist if we call him the Messiah or any other positive adjective?
Riposte on April 16, 2008 at 4:36 PM

The LA Times author, David K. Shipler will know that you are not sincere with your ‘mocking praise,’ and therefore he has determined that your sarcastic comment is actually …… RACIST! against Obama.

You racist!!!

wise_man on April 16, 2008 at 4:43 PM

And someone please tell His Lordship that when he is wearing a long sleeved shirt, and decides to “roll up the sleeves” so he can “blend in with the unwashed” to take his frikken tie off.

Mortis on April 16, 2008 at 4:43 PM

JiangxiDad on April 16, 2008 at 4:34 PM

Dude, I’m joking.

The Race Card on April 16, 2008 at 4:44 PM

about the first part.

The Race Card on April 16, 2008 at 4:44 PM

My point is that we are about to called racist in so many more ways than this. I would not be surprised to see a CNN one-hour special on White, Republican rage and racism.

The Race Card on April 16, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Liberals are stupid which is another word for brain dead, which some people refer to as retarded, a term deemed by some to be an insult to mentally handicapped individuals.

Hey, if you where mentally handicapped, would you want to be lumped in with liberals?

I R A Darth Aggie on April 16, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Adamanski? Adams? Bueller? Bueller?

Somone better toss me a lifeline.

The Race Card on April 16, 2008 at 4:49 PM

My point is that we are about to called racist in so many more ways than this. I would not be surprised to see a CNN one-hour special on White, Republican rage and racism.

The Race Card on April 16, 2008 at 4:46 PM

They can try. But wright and obama have helped move propelled white america far away from any feelings of guilt. The “R” word has lost its bite. Fire away.

JiangxiDad on April 16, 2008 at 4:49 PM

or a noose…

The Race Card on April 16, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Nothing would be more wholly reparative to our nation and than a qualified, courageous, black Republican wartime President.

Given that option, I would have a hard time not voting for him in part because he is black.

The Race Card on April 16, 2008 at 4:29 PM

Vote for who? Your hypothetical candidate or Obama? Voting for anyone because he’s black or white doesn’t heal anything. How about we develop some decent conservative candidates and pick the best one, regardless of color.

a capella on April 16, 2008 at 4:53 PM

A diary on dailykos made the same assertion. Every single criticism of the guy is going to be distilled down to racism.

p0s3r on April 16, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Elitist is a stupid word that I wish all conservatives would stop using when addressing the comments made by Obama.

Which word would you use in substitution? For the record, I find nothing wrong with elitist:

elitist
n : someone who believes in rule by an elite group

Unless I missed something, I’d say that describes Obama to a ‘T’. Let’s face it, how many average Americans know what the deuce arugula is?

If you said “lettuce”, you’d be wrong.

arugula n.
an erect European annual ({Eruca vesicaria} sativa) of the
mustard family, often grown as a salad crop to be harvested when young and tender.

I R A Darth Aggie on April 16, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Never mind.

a capella on April 16, 2008 at 4:55 PM

According to the Hollywood template, the Magic Negro character is always benevolent and never makes mistakes; any criticism whatever of Barry Hussein is ipso facto a racist calumny.

Travis Bickle on April 16, 2008 at 4:56 PM

The liberal-guilt accusation of being a racist originates in the tradition of segregation in the South which was left over from the slavery days. This had always been unfair because of the fact that “races ” were mixed up already with few pure white and few pure african. Now 40+ years after the end of segrgation it is properly condemned. The problem today is very well established Black politics which is a tribal political game with the winners always being those who lead those who can claim a darker than pure white skin. The whites in the north and the south (Scots-Irish tribe) just want a fair chance to compete. “Elitist” today can mean the rigged game of colored skin preferences where money outcomes are concerned, just like Education or the Wealth preferences .

jimw on April 16, 2008 at 5:01 PM

So when does hello and goodbye become code racist words?

Sue on April 16, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Is there nothing these mushheads won’t do to my dear English language?

aengus on April 16, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Forget about the “racist” code words. I just wish that there were more people who could follow the thread of a simple conversation.

baldilocks on April 16, 2008 at 5:07 PM

From a future encyclopedia entry:

“Barak Obama was a transfiguring character in American politics and culture. His candidacy in 2008 destroyed the long-term association between the Democrat party and African-Americans, thereby destroying that party in the process, and giving rise to the Social-Democrat party. It also ended the decades-long struggle know as the “civil rights movement.” After his defeat, Mr. Obama faded into obscurity.”

JiangxiDad on April 16, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Ellsworth Obama… the great unifier. The post-racial candidate that’s teflon coated with a century of racial grievances.

Shelby Steele is 100% right. What a hollow husk of a man Obama is. Sad.

spmat on April 16, 2008 at 5:15 PM

I guess this means Hillary and Bubba are now officially “racists.”

I remember the days when some in the left were questioning whether Obama was “black enough”.

Also, is David K. Shipler, the LA Times author, white?

Rick on April 16, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Many take the Lord’s name in vain with no thought how it offends the religious.

PrezHussein on April 16, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Word is that the Lord is rather powerful, so I think that He can take care of Himself. If He can’t, then well, He wouldn’t be the Lord now, then would He.

MB4 on April 16, 2008 at 4:18 PM

You’re right. The Bible tells Christians that they will be mocked and they should expect this. Still hurts though. I think its that because the West has gone, in the last fifty years, from a civillisation that revered Christian belief to one that (culturally and in a lot of other ways) does everything it can to tear it down and defame it obsessively is hard for a lot of people to accept, me included. But thats the way it is. Might as well be stoic about it.

aengus on April 16, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Leftards want racism? Tune in a few weeks from now:

“The Democrat Party wants all you people to understand Mrs. Clinton was given the nomination because we superdelegates have determined her to be more electable than, uh, than your candidate, it has nothing to do with her being white. Nothing whatsoever. Friends?”

jeff_from_mpls on April 16, 2008 at 5:23 PM

I don’t know if anyone brought this up, but Obama was asked about the “elitist” comments by a supporter who said:

“As a white person, this term, the way it is being used against you, it isn’t far from ‘uppity,’ OK?” the man told Obama angrily. “And I think the Clintons are getting away with something that they must be called on. They will continue to do it until somebody states, ‘Mrs Clinton, you’re really close to prejudice here. This is wrong.’”

Obama said it was “nice to say that,” but he didn’t think racial overtones were shading the debate.

its vintage duh on April 16, 2008 at 5:26 PM

I just wish that there were more people who could follow the thread of a simple conversation.

baldilocks on April 16, 2008 at 5:07 PM

The word that came to mind when reading this thread: disjointed.

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So: criticizing Obama is racist. And complimenting Obama is racist. And I’m positive that ignoring Obama is racist.

What’s left? Gazing upon Him with silent, non-patronizing, non-condenscending, non-distracting adoration.

Wait. I like to call him Bambi. Somebody connect the racist dots for me, because I can’t see how “Bambi” is racist, other than that it’s a criticism.

misterpeasea on April 16, 2008 at 5:27 PM

Obama declares that small town America has terminal clinginess and now the LA Times decides our discomfort with this diagnosis is driven by subconscious racism?

Thank God we have the psuedo-psychology of the left. Otherwise we might do something dangerous like actually take words and thoughts at face value.

Potfry on April 16, 2008 at 5:27 PM

Wait. I like to call him Bambi. Somebody connect the racist dots for me, because I can’t see how “Bambi” is racist, other than that it’s a criticism.

Bambi had light brown skin so your criticism is definitely crypto-racist.

aengus on April 16, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Or should I say fur.

aengus on April 16, 2008 at 5:33 PM

Wait. I like to call him Bambi. Somebody connect the racist dots for me, because I can’t see how “Bambi” is racist, other than that it’s a criticism.

Easy.

Bambi is a homeless orphan whose mother was gunned down by white hunters.

Or…

Bambi is a common name for black exotic dancers. I’ve heard.

See, there are a couple routes, which makes you, like, extra racist.

Potfry on April 16, 2008 at 5:36 PM

its vintage duh on April 16, 2008 at 5:26 PM

He doesn’t have to make the charge as long as his supporters will do it for him. Hubert Humphrey used to let local Catholic newspapers attack his opponents for him on campaign trail in ’72 so he didn’t have to.

aengus on April 16, 2008 at 5:54 PM

Potfry on April 16, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Touche!

aengus on April 16, 2008 at 5:55 PM

[W]hen his opponents branded him an elitist and an outsider, his race made it easier to drive a wedge between him and the white, rural voters he has courted. As an African American, he was supposedly looking down from a place he didn’t belong and looking in from a distance he could not cross.

This could not happen as dramatically were it not for embedded racial attitudes. “Elitist” is another word for “arrogant,” which is another word for “uppity,” that old calumny applied to blacks who stood up for themselves…

Furthermore, casting Obama as “out of touch” plays harmoniously with the traditional notion of blacks as “others” at the edge of the mainstream, separate from the whole.

The above are excerpts from “The Art of Illogical Reasoning”, $24.99, just released at most common bookstores, on line included.

Entelechy on April 16, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Is it racist if we call him the Messiah or any other positive adjective?

Riposte on April 16, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Don’t forget Clean- and Articulate-Gate.

baldilocks on April 16, 2008 at 5:59 PM

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