Racist Roundup: Just in case you thought race wasn’t an issue…

This morning I read an article in the Times about how the democrats fear of “The Bradley Effect” is unwarranted, that racism won’t play as big of a role in this election as we fear. However, my own personal experience and my studies as a social psychologist have me more than a bit weary about what happens when people go behind that voting booth curtain. I was feeling relieved though, after reading the article…but then I shifted to the Internet and found the following…

This guy says that the Left started it (I believe the eloquent term of fucktard commies is used. Classy!)

[Full post here]

Then there’s the innocent sock-monkey

[NY Mag post with response from the makers about the “affectionate” association between Obama and a monkey]

And really, who could be upset about a storybook character?

[Full article]

An article from the San Francisco Chronicle about the newest line of attacks: here.

And finally, a video of how racism gets veiled…

Even civil servants with established positions in the McCain campaign are jumping into the frey. Bobby May, treasurer of the Buchanan County (VA) Republican party and member of McCain and Palin’s leadership team published a story in a newspaper (click here for full article) that summed up Obama’s position on a variety of issues. Intelligent examples include: hiring Ludacris to paint the White House black and putting pictures of Oprah on currency. Seriously?

Overall, however, I think this brings up two important issues. First, John McCain and Sarah Palin need to speak out against this at their rallies. No politician can control what their extremist supporters do during their free time, but when they drum up support at rallies where explicitly racist or violent things are shouted then it is their responsibility to say something to stop it. America is a nation of immigrants and diversity, anyone who is going to lead it needs to be open and accepting. Above and beyond that, any public official representing the United States needs to firmly disavow such comments. Frank Rich argues this point much more eloquently (here).

Second, these comments are just ignorant. One right-wing blogger pointed out that there are “Abort Palin” shirts and various things showing her being punched in the face. These are sexist and dangerous as well, and just as ignorant. As David Brooks pointed out in his column today in the Times, the McCain-Palin ticket is depending on a new kind of class warfare, one that is creating a division that is not based on overarching political platforms or fiscal policy, but one that capitalizes on ignorance and fear-mongering.

Finally, as a side note, I’ve been completely absorbed by George Lakoff’s “Political Mind” this weekend. He uses cognitive psychology to essentially explain how there are two moral frames at work in society, a conservative and a progressive, and shows how emotions and our unconscious essentially underlie and build these frames within our minds. As a result, it is perfectly conceivable — though inherently irrational — that a person can vote for someone who espouses interests that do not match their own. It is helping me understand how so many lifelong democrats that I know who supported Hillary are jumping ship. And it is helping me understand what I can say that they will actually listen to. I highly recommend it.


3 Responses to “Racist Roundup: Just in case you thought race wasn’t an issue…”

  1. 1 Rusty Bridges
    October 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Well said! On the upside, my mom and dad, who voted bush are pro Obama! My dad called me just to let me know that he re-registered democrat. I was so proud!! 🙂

  2. 2 Allison
    October 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    That video clip disgusted and infuriated me. Ignorant fucking racists. I can’t believe that this man’s color, or even the possibility that he could be a Muslim (which he isn’t) should be an issue to anyone. I would like to say that I am all about peace and love, but when it comes down to it, I want to punch those people smack in the mouth for being so stupid.

  3. October 21, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Have you heard about or read any of the articles telling how discouraged the African-American community will be if, after having come this close, Obama doesn’t get in? Really… Why would a whole people group be discouraged at that? Are they hoping “one of them” will get in the White House? Isn’t that just as racist?

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