Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher is kind of the male version of Joan Walsh – he can find racism in just about everything. Including, apparently, the phrase, “Obama’s Not Working”. Now, to the average human being, that phrase obviously means that his policies aren’t working. But lo, to Tommy Christopher it means that Obama himself isn’t working. And in kind, that means Mitt Romney is mocking a ‘black man’ for not working. Seriously.
To actually come away with such an asinine conclusion shows that this phrase is actually working as a Rorschach test for Christopher. Most people look at this ink blot and see a benign, simple message. But Tommy sees racism and prejudice. For someone to immediately assume the words ‘not working’ must apply only to a black man, they themselves must ultimately harbor stereotypes of the lazy black man.
Therefore, I’m declaring Tommy’s post to be flat-out racist.
Via Weasel Zippers:
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rolled out a new accessory at a speech in Ohio today, delivering his remarks in front of a black banner that said “Obama Isn’t Working,” which is also the name of a website his campaign set up several months ago (in case you didn’t get the message from the banner, it was also on the front of Romney’s podium).
The slogan is a multiple entendre, but one of those entendres, intentionally or not, is evocative of a nasty racial stereotype about black men.
When I first saw the banner this afternoon, the multiple meanings were clear: President Obama‘s policies aren’t working, the Obama presidency isn’t working, President Obama…isn’t working, as in, doing any work. That’s not a nice thing to say about any president, but like it or not, it becomes a more loaded accusation when leveled at our first black president.
Just to be sure it wasn’t just me, though, I asked several friends about the banner, and four out of four pointed out, unprompted, the stereotype of the “lazy,” “shiftless” black man. One of the people I called was cable news fixture Goldie Taylor, who, upon hearing my description of the banner, said “Are you kidding me? You have got to be kidding me.”
Asking all four of your friends Tommy doesn’t prove anything, other than they are equally as pathetic as you are.
Speaking of entendres, you know who just loves to use them in his posts? Tommy Christopher.
Like this one when he used an image of Rick Perry eating a corn dog when discussing LGBT issues abroad:
Or when using the headline ‘Mother-Huckster’:
Incidentally, when viewing video of the ‘Swedish race cake’ incident, where a Swedish official cut into a cake of a caricature of an African woman, and which included the artist in “blackface” make up, Tommy saw nothing but ‘performance art’.
As much of a tool as Christoper perpetually portrays himself as being, this is by far one of his more egregiously idiotic statements. And that’s saying something.
Obama’s not working, Tommy. And neither is your white guilt race-baiting.
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Well, she’s certainly making a case for the title.
In a piece titled, When white people lack “bourgeois values”,
the Salon Editor at Large
manages a race and class-baiting exacta, covering an alleged economic disdain shown by Republicans towards African-Americans, and charging the GOP with promoting policies which “shackle women to the home”.
In attacking a Rick Santorum speech on family values, in which he correctly stated, “When the family breaks down, the economy breaks down”, Walsh had this to say:
It’s a fascinating worldview that colors the entire GOP primary campaign, in which actual policies to help workers and families are rejected in favor of those that cut government and shackle women to the home, and it needs to be better understood.
It’s also another reminder that the prejudice and disdain Republicans once reserved for African-Americans has spread like a toxic mist to stigmatize a lot of other people, including a lot of white folks.
In citing proof of these allegations of prejudice towards white people, Walsh embarrassingly references the 46 million Americans on food stamps, the vast majority of whom are “white people”.
Embarrassing why? Because it was just last May that Walsh used the ‘food stamp’
argument to prove that Newt Gingrich had used the phrase as “coded racism” against “black people”.
Calling the use of the term ‘food stamp’, racist towards blacks, when a majority of those on food stamps are white, can only make sense in the mind of a bigot projecting their own true brand of racism.
Projection is a staple of the left. It is why they continue to harbor some of the more egregious offenders on the topic, whilst playing the race card at every turn. Rush Limbaugh
summed it up best when he said the following:
“Democrats and liberals think that we, conservatives, are racists, sexists, and all those other things. In fact, it is they who are those things. It is liberals who look at a human and first notice a skin color, or gender; then they get into sexual orientation, then segment into all kinds of groups. This is the way they see people. They also use projection quite commonly and regularly, and so it is us, they think, who are racists and sexists.”
Projection. In this facet, Joan Walsh excels. It was a few short months ago that Walsh went off on Glenn Beck for comparing the Obama administration to The Planet of the Apes. A simple analogy to a movie for some, but Walsh, in her infinite wisdom
, spotted something that nobody with cognitive reasoning skills could see – the prejudiced message behind Beck’s comparison.
But it runs much, much deeper. Scanning headlines concocted by the Salon editor reveals a consistent pattern of including race in nearly every argument. It is so prevalent, one wonders if race is the only prism in which Walsh views the world.
This January alone, Walsh wrote five articles which contained derogatory comments directed toward the GOP about race. Here is a sampling from each:
“While African-Americans are still more likely than whites to see that conflict (between rich and poor), the percentage of whites who agree tripled… credit the GOP for creating the conditions that allowed income inequality to soar”
“…prejudice and disdain Republicans once reserved for African-Americans has spread like a toxic mist to stigmatize a lot of other people, including a lot of white folks.”
“…having a black president makes it seem safe, and necessary, to unwrap Reagan’s pretty paper and once again make plain the GOP’s political association between welfare and African-Americans.”
“… Santorum’s comment about black people is straight from the GOP playbook that created the “Reagan Democrats”… That playbook helped convince the white working class that the government is taking their money and giving it to undeserving black people.”
“Santorum is doing what Republicans have done since the 60s: Trying to turn white people against government programs, and the government itself, by implying they only help black people.”
And when she’s not race-baiting her readers, Walsh breaks out the class warfare rhetoric. Of the ten total articles in January, eight center on either race or wealth inequality.
Walsh’s trend of racial rhetoric is not simply recent. In July of 2010, she flat-out accused the right in general and the Tea Party specifically
, of being racist. She wrote, “I honestly believe that the wanton use of that terrible term to defend Obama is part of why today, when there is genuine racism against the president from the right and within the Tea Party,
it’s sometimes hard to get anyone to pay attention.”
In that particular piece, Walsh ironically accused conservatives of distorting facts, and was immediately called out by a liberal colleague for actually distorting facts.
One of those Walsh had accused of distorting facts at that time was Daily Caller editor-in-chief, Tucker Carlson. In an e-mail conversation regarding her claims that Republican economic policies “keep women shackled to the home”, Carlson opined, “The economy can’t be too bad if Joan Walsh still has a job.”
As long as there is a liberal stranglehold on the media, there will always be a job out there for professionally intolerant and narrow-minded race-baiters like Joan Walsh.
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