Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Republican Code Words
There are overtones of potential racial coding in the campaign.....the Republican party is too smart to call Barack Obama 'black' in a sense that it would be a negative," Paterson said. "But you can take something about his life, which I noticed they did at the Republican convention. A 'community organizer,' they kept saying it, they kept laughing, like what does this mean?Now as I type this, I'm thumbing through the September 2008 issue of Code Words for Minorities which is published by the GOP and only available to those who take a blood oath not to reveal its contents. And let me tell you, "Community Organizer" is definitely not in it. Maybe Paterson has an advance copy of the October issue, or maybe Paterson's just a partisan hack who realizes that Obama may not win this thing and is already prepping the excuses.
Even if you do, do you really think that the GOP has to speak in code to remind everyone that Obama's black?
What's next? The Dems speaking in code to remind everyone that Palin's a woman?
And after that we'll use code to remind everyone that the sky is blue.
Answer me this. If Obama had spent those years working for white Iowans who had lost their jobs instead of black Chicagoans, do you really think the GOP would be making fun of it in the same way?
Sure! The community organizer jab was in response to Obama's jab about Palin being a small town mayor. Who cares where he did his organizing?
Why did she go there instead of the actual parallel to her career -- his state senate experience? His days of community organizing more neatly line up with her days as a beauty contestant.
So many jokes...!!!! :D
Honestly, when I hear community organizer, I think annoying pushy (usually white) person who thinks they know better than everyone else how things should be run. Maybe that's just from the ones I met in my lifetime, but that's the image stuck in my head.
JA, did you read the article in TNR about Obama's community organizing days? Really... pathetic, really.
'I have no name;
I am but two days old.
What shall I call thee?
'I happy am,
Joy is my name.
Sweet joy befall thee!
Sweet Joy, but two days old.
Sweet Joy I call thee:
Thou dost smile,
I sing the while,
Sweet joy befall thee!
-----by maple story accounts