Sunday, February 05, 2012
Juan Williams: Racial code words obscure real issues
A couple of days ago, Juan Williams embarked on a traditional liberal witch hunt seeing demons, hexes and spells at every syllable.
The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. The code words in this game are “entitlement society” — as used by Mitt Romney — and “poor work ethic” and “food stamp president” — as used by Newt Gingrich. References to a lack of respect for the “Founding Fathers” and the “Constitution” also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core “old-fashioned American values.”
The code also extends to attacks on legal immigrants, always carefully lumped in with illegal immigrants, as people seeking “amnesty” and taking jobs from Americans.
He never explains why legal immigrants would need to seek "amnesty."
Another blogger said, "I’m just going to link this, say it’s stupid and move on. I could feel myself getting dumber as I read it."
Reminded me of this.
I thought Williams was better than this, but I guess no liberal can resist playing the race card, no matter far up their sleeve they have to reach to pull it out.
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