LA Times calls Rick Perry a ‘hillbilly’; will liberals demand an apology?
posted at 2:30 pm on January 18, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
You hear that sound? Of course you do. It’s a dog whistle. I’m told that we conservatives (read: racists) use dog whistles all the time to clandestinely run down members of minority groups and others with whom we disagree.
It is fascinating, I will concede, that the people we use these coded messages to badmouth—blacks, Latinos, etc.—often seem more adept at hearing the high-frequency whistles than we do. Why, just today, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee became the latest member of the Congressional Black Caucus to call out Newt Gingrich for the “underlying suggestions” in his reference to Barack Obama as the food stamps president. A video of her remarks can be found here.
I heard Gingrich make that reference during the debate, and while it was my sense that he wasn’t attempting to flatter the president, on whose watch the number of Americans at or below the poverty line reached its highest level since the 1960s, I wasn’t unaware of any underlying message having to do with race.
Maybe I’m just that sort of tone-deaf person who needs to have ethnic slurs clearly enunciated in order to hear them. Here’s one that rang loud and clear when I read it.
How long are we going to have to listen to this hillbilly nonsense before Perry bows to the inevitable and drops out of the GOP presidential race?
The authors of that putdown were the opinion staff of the Los Angeles Times, and to their credit they didn’t mince their words. They came right out and called the governor of a southern state a hillbilly. The offense that prompted the use of that pejorative term was Rick Perry’s defense of four marines who desecrated Taliban corpses by urinating on them. But the reason is inconsequential. Name calling can be hurtful, as we are so often reminded.
Since the term hillbilly is a slur of an entire group of Americans, I am assuming that the leadership of the DNC and other voices on the left will be issuing condemnations of the LA Timesshortly.
- MSNBC catches Rick Perry using ‘coded’ racist language—again
- MSNBC: GOP views Herman Cain as ‘black man who knows his place’
- Left: Blacks are not brainwashed—except for Herman Cain
- That conversation on race is now needed more desperately than ever
- If it’s Tuesday, the Republicans must be racist
- Poll: Race relations no better under Obama; new WH painting may explain why
- MSNBC selectively edits quote to advance claim that Perry is racist
- MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer’s challenge to congressman backfires
- 2012 campaign slogan: A vote for someone other than Obama is a vote for racism
- Poverty has risen sharply since Obama took office
- Former Justice Department attorney accuses AG Holder of playing the reverse race card