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  •  Poor choice of words. (0+ / 0-)

    Assent- and you are sane- Demur- you’re straightway dangerous- And handled with a Chain- - Emily Dickinson

    by SpamNunn on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 01:04:48 PM PDT

    •  what would be (5+ / 0-)
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      a better choice? Cain is playing a role. That role has deep historical roots. He knows exactly what he is doing.

      Lots of folks don't realize that race minstrelsy was America's first type of authentic mass, popular culture. Most folks also don't know that postcards got their start as a way of circulating lynching photography (and also pictures of dead children if I recall, post 1865).

      Thus, Cain is digging in some some pretty deep waters. His audiences may not have the vocabulary to say that he is a "minstrel" who plays up to the fantasies of Whiteness regarding black humanity and personhood, but they do know that it makes them feel good. And that is just enough for them to cheer and howl for him.

      •  If you said that about Obama, you would have (0+ / 0-)

        boney mojo in a heartbeat.  

        Assent- and you are sane- Demur- you’re straightway dangerous- And handled with a Chain- - Emily Dickinson

        by SpamNunn on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 07:01:18 PM PDT

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        •  doesn't (2+ / 0-)
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          mean it isn't true.

          i don't dance or shuffle or play for approval from others. again, we need to not let our truth telling be limited by some fear of false equivalency. that is the biggest weapon lazy thinkers and the right have against the common good.

          we also shouldn't be limited by other folks' poor, inaccurate, misunderstood, quaint, confused, pearl clutching, lazy thinking faux pc reactions.

          truth burns sometimes. drink it down slow.

          for example, sarah palin can incite violence but the left and progressives get cowtowed and humbled by her defender's lies that "both sides do it."

          palin also has a head full of nothing and is a dunce, a leader of the mouth breathing upright walking right wing faux populists. that isn't "anti-feminist." it is a true statement.

          if obama ever acts like a race minstrel i will call him out for it. if he buck dances for white democrats, puts on a voice from song of the south, and tells white folks that jim crow was okay, that other black people are stupid and on a plantation, and then proceeds to sing a spiritual, i will be first in line to call him to the carpet.

          take the observation about cain in the context of his deeds and words. there is a political imagination he is signaling to. as a black man of the south he knows how to shuffle and say "yes mr. charlie." sadly, he took the wrong lesson away from that unfortunate survival skill.

          •  And that hasn't happened yet? Please. (0+ / 0-)
            If obama ever acts like a race minstrel i will call him out for it. if he buck dances for white democrats, puts on a voice from song of the south, and tells white folks that jim crow was okay, that other black people are stupid and on a plantation, and then proceeds to sing a spiritual, i will be first in line to call him to the carpet.

            Assent- and you are sane- Demur- you’re straightway dangerous- And handled with a Chain- - Emily Dickinson

            by SpamNunn on Fri Nov 04, 2011 at 09:51:15 PM PDT

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    •  deliberate choice of words. and it gets the point (0+ / 0-)

      across more strongly than using all the antiseptic language that's so popular on this site.

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