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  •  Liberals love to call (2+ / 0-)
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    the other side racists.  This shirt seeks to make light of that.  

    Do you think we sway anyones opinion when we call them a racist?  

    Comparing Obama to Hitler isn't racist, the billboard with the hammer and sickle (sp?) isn't racist, and you can't keep trotting out the same two pictures from email chains and try to say all repubs/conservatives/tea partiers are racist because of them, no matter how good it may make you feel.  

    •  OH. My. God. Beyond that, I'm almost (29+ / 0-)

      speechless.  Almost.

      Someone wears a shirt acknowledging they're racist and WE'RE the unreasonable ones, to call them racist?????  Can you possibly be serious?  Or is this snark I'm not getting at all?

      Please explain now how the watermelons on the lawn isn't racist and the one of Obama in "native" garb is racist.  Please.  Defend them if you can.  

      Anyone who isn't outraged by this stuff and denounces it's use is racist.  And that includes the whole teaparty crowd.  If they disassociated themselves from this, we could be accused of something for using it against them.  But they don't.  At all.  They accept it, they laugh at it, they try to ignore it when it might hurt them.  But otherwise, they seem quite fine with it.  It's hardly a matter of feeling good.  It's a matter of being realistic rather than hiding our heads in the sand.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 11:55:42 AM PDT

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      •  How obtuse are you (3+ / 0-)
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        deliberately being?  If I wear a shirt that says "Yup, I'm a Communist because I believe in public roads, police, firefighters, water and safety etc" does that mean I'm actually calling myself a communist?  

        The shirt is making fun of our side's propensity to call them racists, which we do a little too often for my (and Bob Somerby's and other liberal's) liking.  

        Please explain now how the watermelons on the lawn isn't racist and the one of Obama in "native" garb is racist.  Please.  Defend them if you can.  

        I addressed this in my comment. Did you read it?

        Anyone who isn't outraged by this stuff and denounces it's use is racist.

        And here we go again.  Something can be ridiculous and dead wrong without being racist.  Was it racist when we held up signs comparing Bush to Hitler?  

        You keep saying "they" "They" "they" over and over again, turning the other political side into a faceless enemy you can easily dismiss as racist.    

      •  I see riftt's point, but I also disagree (9+ / 0-)

        There are racist pictures (the NY Post one of the officers who shot the ape is also vile), but the hammer and sickle and the Hitler stuff are economic, not racist smears.

        However, the fact that nothing of the sort was ever a problem to the teabaggers, despite all of the (imo) valid comparisons of Bush to Hitler with the corporatocracy takeover of the US government, that to me says that they're racists in that they have no reason other than race to suddenly have a problem with the new president.

        •  Racism is one way Bush *isn't* much like Hitler. (4+ / 0-)
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          His full-throated support of corporate interests, his selective enforcement of laws, his flat-footed assertion that laws didn't apply to him, his eagerness to war... all these, and I'm sure I could come up with others, make the comparison valid.

          As much as I despise the man, though, I don't think Bush has ever been racist. Bigoted about religion, prejudiced against gays, and jingoistically convinced of American exceptionalism, but I never saw any hint of racism out of him. It's one of the few positive (double negative?) things I can say of him.

          One nation, indivisible.

          by Doctor Frog on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 12:49:46 PM PDT

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        •  Serious question (1+ / 0-)
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          Were you alive/politically active during the Clinton years?  The Carter years?

          I can't believe you honestly think that Bush didn't catch grief from tea partiers and Obama does because Obama is black, and not because he is A DEMOCRAT.

          •  I was around and paying attention for those (1+ / 0-)
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            terms, and I agree President Obama has a major problem being a Democrat, but I feel that were he a white President these things wouldn't be as far-out-there as they are with Barack Obama being mixed-race.  I know there were people driven insane by Bill Clinton being President, and even when he was called "the first black President", but this stuff going on now is nuts.

            •  So you are saying it's more nuts now? (0+ / 0-)

              As opposed to when they uh, impeached Clinton?  

              Who have they accused Obama of murdering? Are they saying he's selling state secrets to the Chinese yet?

              •  They've said he's a Muslim, implying (1+ / 0-)
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                evil un-American motives, like surrendering the US when he goes around and "apologizes for the United States".  They believe he's got some goal of actually surrendering the US to his Muslim brothers.

                And they've promised to impeach Obama, with, I believe, the birth certificate front and center.  As for who he's accused of murdering, it's not him so much as his palling around with terrorist Bill Ayers and his minister from Chicago.

                I do think they're more deranged than they ever have been - it may be a spiral down a rabbit hold because the spinmeisters on AM talk radio have to whip up ever more fear in order to keep their people on edge, but it's going to keep getting worse.  When President Obama wins his second term, primarily because the Republicans don't have anyone worthwhile to put up against him, they're going to be even more over the edge.

    •  You're a moron.. (9+ / 2-)

      I'm not trying to sway someone's opinion when I call them racist. I'm trying to label them a racist so they get rightfully marginalized in society. They aren't being called racists for no reason. Wise up.

    •  Hmmm (2+ / 0-)
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      Do you think we sway anyones opinion when we call them a racist?  

      I don't think Jesus Christ himself could sway people that gleefully admit their bigotry and wear it as a badge of honor. I sure don't have the skills. Racists should be allowed to secede from the union, they can have Guantanamo or some equally appropriate location to emigrate.

      -7.5 -7.28, Democratic Socialism...It's not just for Europeans.

      by Blueslide on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 02:43:20 PM PDT

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    •  Can we call them (0+ / 0-)

      idiots. I really think your opinion will dictate my behavior. Thanks for taking the time to answer this serious serious question.

      The Gulf of Mexico is dirty Mr. President. Please hire a cleaning crew.

      by reddbierd on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 04:17:30 PM PDT

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      •  So civil (0+ / 0-)

        Your tone and character is just what we need in our current situation.  Thanks for adding such a healthy attitude to the climate around here.  

        •  I see that a few of us have been chastised by (0+ / 0-)

          someone who says: "Liberals love to call the other side racists." What are you a 'liberalist'?
             Go find a different site where the liberals won't make you so uncomfortable with their imaginary discoveries of racism in watermelon patches and witch doctor pictures...you know what now that I write those words you're right, enough sarcasm...if you aren't a racist yourself you certainly are a good actor. And like a good repub you say something offensive and then whine and cry when you get called on it. So, f off and soon.

          The Gulf of Mexico is dirty Mr. President. Please hire a cleaning crew.

          by reddbierd on Wed Jul 07, 2010 at 06:51:02 AM PDT

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    •  I have to agree to a point. (1+ / 0-)
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      Not to deny in any way that racism is a very large part of the modern extremist conservative mindset, but some -- repeat, some -- of the examples above definitely seem to be reaching to me.

      How is the hammer and sickle racist?  It's stupid, simplistic, reactionary, ignorant of history and economics, and a lot of other things ... but where is the racism we are supposed to see as so obvious in it?

      I also see the Obama-as-Hitler as idiotic ... but not overtly, obviously racist in nature.  I have personally seen pictures of Bush and Cheney depicted as Hitler, Osama Bin Laden at rallies in my city.

      As for Obama-as-Urkel saying "Did I do that?" ...  How is that any different from us depicting Bush as Alfred E. Neuman saying a catch-phrase like, "What?  Me Worry?"?

      I have no doubt that a lot of tea-bagger anger and fear is indeed based on having a black man in the White House ... but we do ourselves no favors and open ourselves to the kind of "clever ridicule" that the t-shirt makers think they are doing when we use such weak examples to make that case.

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