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Mitt Romney's entitled, privileged, and self-righteous smirk when caught in a lie about President Obama and Libya has spawned an Internet meme. On this website, Romney has been depicted walking away from the Hindenburg, civil rights protesters, burning homes, and homeless people. The image, what it represents about his humanity and calculating coldness, both stands in for Romney, while also telling us something about the values and ideas we are reading onto him by virtue of his actions.

Mitt Romney is a sociopathic racist. His Southern Strategy 2.0 is proof of this fact. Romney's repeated lie that Barack Obama, "apologized" for the killing of Ambassador Stevens in Libya, and for the attacks on the consulate, are evidence of a profound lack of human empathy. He will do anything to win the presidency; Romney will double down on his post-truth campaign--even if it means misrepresenting reality while four Americans have recently been killed--even when the facts are still forthcoming.

The Tea Party GOP is a de facto party for "white people's rights." As such, Romney's campaign is dependent upon stirring up white racial resentment in order to defeat the country's first black president. All of his "real America," Birther-like appeals are direct signals that black and brown people are somehow outside of the American political tradition. By definition, a black man cannot and should not lead a "White" republic. Romney's lies about Obama as a thief and "welfare king" who steals from good white people in order to give money to "lazy" and "parasitic" blacks is a direct function of that big lie.

As I have pointed out many times, the Tea Party GOP are direct descendants of the "polite" racists in the John Birch Society (in fact, one of the elder members of the Koch family, the group that funds and supports the Tea Party brigands, was a founding member of the aforementioned organization). They would not kill a black person directly. Instead, these polite racists would watch the lynching, buy the postcards of the destroyed and defiled body, and cheer a spectacular act of violence that reinforced the color line and fueled whiteness as a sense of community, belonging, and exclusion of the Other.

Romney would have been there too, looming in the shadows.

Romney, and other white businessmen like him, both profited from, as well as encouraged Jim and Jane Crow because it was the "rational" thing to do. Romney's type would create racial animosity in the workplace or on the factory floor if it suited the economic logic of divide and conquer where black, brown, and white folks were put against one another in the interests of Capital and greed. Mitt Romney (much unlike his father) is also the very same type of man who would use what was then called "blockbusting" in order to scare white homeowners with a rumor that blacks would soon be moving into the neighborhood--and that any white person who wants to salvage the wealth and equity held in their property had best sell soon.

Romney's smirk, and his cold indifference, are a perfect embodiment of the cowardly and callous racial logic that many white Americans exhibited during the dark days of Jim and Jane Crow. In the Age of Obama, Romney, the Tea Party GOP, and the other assorted members of the rogues gallery that is the New Right, are playing to the worst part of the American (white) collective consciousness. One of "those people" is in "their" White House. Most would not actively do him any harm, but they would certainly not look the other way as Barack Obama is symbolically and (politically) immolated.

In a role befitting a man of his temperament and nature, Mitt Romney would, and is, simply handing the white racial reactionaries on the Right a lighter and some kindling, while he turns, then walking off with a smirk on his face.

It ain't personal. It is only business.

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  •  I don't like this (9+ / 0-)

    I don't think it's accurate and it's unnecessarily inflammatory.

    BagNewsNotes: Visual Politics, Media Image Analysis

    by ksh01 on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:07:33 PM PDT

    •  because? racism, even the polite kind is very (2+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens, teachme2night

      ugly and "inflammatory." i don't pull punches.

      •  It helps to be right before you refuse to (6+ / 1-)

        "pull punches." I don't think your core assumptions are right, nor is your history, nor is your historical extension of Jim Crow only to the likes of Romney.

        Moreover that's a horrible photo and the photoshopping of Romney  walking away from such a scene degrades what happened to that human being.

        It's not funny, it's not biting, it's not intelligent.

        It's asinine and tasteless and sophomoric.

        And no one endorses "polite racism" by criticizing you. That's entirely imbecilic.

        BagNewsNotes: Visual Politics, Media Image Analysis

        by ksh01 on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:21:56 PM PDT

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        •  how is romney not a polite racist, (5+ / 0-)

          like those many others who attended spectacular lynchings, supported jim and jane crow w. its violence by looking the other way while they profited from it, what is your fear? never mind his use of naked racial appeals. he is right out of of the white citizens councils and jbs.

          it is easy to paint white racial violence in support of american apartheid as something "those monsters" did, it is far more difficult to engage the totality of it, and how "good" "polite" businessmen like Romney--a bigot and race baiter--were complicit.

      •  Romney is a run of the mill business type (0+ / 0-)

        I've been busy for six months researching actual hard core racists for a publication and I can tell you this. Racists (neoconfederate, neo Nazi etc) do not feel any affection or loyalty to Romney. Indeed they are trending toward Virgil Goode. Racist whites from a working class background have no representation in either the Democratic or Republican parties.  I think you are actually full of it. Romney is going to lose anyway. You are not helping, if anything what you are saying will simply make racists take a second look at him.  

        A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

        by Salo on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 02:29:54 PM PDT

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        •  The idea that only "hardcore" racists are "actual" (1+ / 0-)
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          racists gives cover -- and aid and comfort -- to the pervasive "polite" racism that is, in fact, the more accurate face of 21st century racism. Flaming, raging, head-shaving, cross-burning lunatic racism is -- as you have no doubt found in your research -- confined to a fairly small segment of the American population. They have neither the numbers, the money,  nor the political power to create the systemic racism that does the real damage in this country.

          Mark Twain said "to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." So to a man with a gun, what did Trayvon Martin look like? -- Max Minton

          by teachme2night on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 07:57:16 AM PDT

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  •  That picture is profoundly disturbing (0+ / 0-)

    Not the Rmoney part, but the actual photograph.  Not expected while eating BBQ for lunch.

  •  What is it (0+ / 0-)

    with the pictures today?

    "The next time everyone will pay for it equally, and there won't be any more Chosen Nations, or any Others. Poor bastards all." ~The Boomer Bible

    by just another vet on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:10:54 PM PDT

  •  The title is inflammatory.... (8+ / 0-)

    Romney is a racist but let's leave over the top hyperbole to the GOP.

    What part of NO don't people understand? Usually it's the "N" that confuses them. They expect "O" as in "O yes it will be my honor to serve your ridiculous whim." h/t Bubbanomics for the answer!

    by SallyCat on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:15:57 PM PDT

    •  it is true, read the narrative, get beyond (3+ / 0-)
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      caricatures of white racism, and realize that someone who would use racial resentment and bigotry to win an election is also none too different from the polite racists who supported jim and jane crow...and yes, attended spectacular lynchings.

      don't be afraid of the truth and/or ironically protect romney, a racist, from being criticized. interesting, does the circling the wagons of whiteness to racism-deny crosses even the partisan divide...

      very curious.

  •  I don't like this (8+ / 0-)

    I hate it when the word "lynching" is used in political discourse. And while I've felt that way for most of my life, I've been a bit of a hard-liner on this ever since I saw that lynching exhibit at the Chicago Historical Society....what 5-6 years ago.

    I didn't like when Clarence Thomas used it, I didn't like when Bobby Rush used, and I don't like it here.

    •  is the claim incorrect? is romney the sort of (2+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens, teachme2night

      polite racist, like those others who would walk away. engage the claim; don't run away from it. you may be surprised at your conclusion.

      you know i could care less about "offense" or other petty concerns.

      •  The concern is not "petty" at all (1+ / 0-)
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        Cartoon Peril

        Emmitt Till and james Byrd (among many others) were lynched.

        Politeness as it concerns the Tea Party isn't necessary.

        But they haven't chopping off any heads and impaled them on the Rostra nowadays either.

        •  i hear you, but again, is romney the sort of (4+ / 0-)

          polite, keep my hands clean while using racial animus and violence to advance my goals sort of bigot? yes or no? the man was a gangster/vulture capitalist who has made a strategic choice to gin up white racism to win an election.

          do you think he would have had any problem at all with profiting from jim and jane crow? and yes, that includes the rank and file white folks who attended those types of spectacle lynchings.

          come now, i think you know the answer. read what i wrote carefully, especially the last paragraph.

        •  Historical accuracy matters: (0+ / 0-)

          Emmitt Till wasn't lynched.

          He was a child and they did this to him:

          They then beat the teenager brutally, dragged him to the bank of the Tallahatchie River, shot him in the head, tied him with barbed wire to a large metal fan and shoved his mutilated body into the water. Moses Wright reported Till's disappearance to the local authorities, and three days later his corpse was pulled out of the river. Till's face was mutilated beyond recognition, and Wright only managed to positively identify him by the ring on his finger, engraved with his father's initials, L.T.

          © grover


          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 03:10:28 PM PDT

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          •  link for that (0+ / 0-)

            © grover


            So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

            by grover on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 03:15:20 PM PDT

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          •  Lynched does not mean (1+ / 0-)
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            that you were strung up in a tree.

            In the popular imagination it usually includes hanging, yes,  but actually, lynching means death by mob action.

            I've come close to being lynched on multiple occasions.

            That may be the other reason why I hate this metaphor; in fact, I'm sure that it is.

            •  (flipping furiously through my dictionary) (2+ / 0-)
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              Chitown Kev, teachme2night

              "Killling, usually a hanging, by a mob without a trial."

              Ah, you're right. I learned something new today.

              Thanks.

              © grover


              So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

              by grover on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 03:56:29 PM PDT

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        •  So voting to cut off food, or medical care (1+ / 0-)
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          teachme2night

          or sending our fellow citizens (mostly poor) to go get our oil under other countries land doesn't necessitate calling them names. Just because their atrocities are not shown on front pages doesn't mean they aren't as heinous.  We should continue to obey the Marguis of Queensbury Rules and be nice and polite to these sociopaths?  Hmmm.  Well, maybe next time they'll vote to allow the hungry have food stamps or maybe they'll let my friend live because they let him have medical care.  My friend is betting his life, would you take that bet?

          •  Very well said. That "degree of separation" may (0+ / 0-)

            keep actual, literal blood of their hands, but explain that to the dead and dying.

            Mark Twain said "to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." So to a man with a gun, what did Trayvon Martin look like? -- Max Minton

            by teachme2night on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 08:33:42 AM PDT

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        •  I wouldn't bet on that. (0+ / 0-)

          The practice of race based murder is alive and well. You think none of the perpetrators consider themselves TeaBaggers? That the naked racism of the Tea Party doesn't inflame them and help them justify their violent hate? I could no more say the Teabaggers have nothing to do with racial violence than I could say Westboro Baptist -- and the hundreds of other gay-hating organizations -- have nothing to do with gay-bashing.

          Mark Twain said "to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." So to a man with a gun, what did Trayvon Martin look like? -- Max Minton

          by teachme2night on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 08:27:39 AM PDT

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  •  photo and commentary: devoid of redeeming value (2+ / 0-)
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    Nothing good whatsoever is accomplished by this.

  •  Nothing in this election compares to a lynching (6+ / 0-)

    You defile the memory of all those who were the victims of lynching by "dumbing it down" to Presidential politics.

    People, innocent people lost their lives due to lynching. The same is not happening here.

    That's like a recent poster (later banned) who wrote a title titled:

    Why Do Women Allow Themselves to be RAPED?
    What you did with lynching that person did with rape.

    It's unnecessary and inflammatory. Lynching is a serious violation of human rights. We should not relegate its seriousness by attributing it to everything we do not like. That in fact destroys its seriousness and makes it comical and banal.

    Also note that people get banned for writing such titles. Such as this poster.

    •  read the context, reflect on his polite racism (3+ / 0-)
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      and the legacy from which it flows. connect that dots on his race-baiting and naked appeals to white racism to win an election. the truth is right there; folks are afraid to locate him, and those like him, in the correct context.

      nevermind his cowardice on not working to overturn his own faith's white supremacist norms as an adult in his 30s.

      •  Chauncey, with all due respect (4+ / 0-)
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        doroma, Chitown Kev, Cartoon Peril, pgm 01

        I admire your diaries. You have highlighted (I say rightfully), racism and the black experience in America.

        But this is too far and extreme. Lynching is an action that destroys the life of another human being. Has Romney even done something remotely close to that? No, he has not. You are engaging in a false-equivalency and an absurd metaphor.

        •  agree to disagree. read what i wrote (1+ / 0-)
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          Larsstephens

          thinking about the nature of polite racism and the type of strategy he is using. see my above comments. would mitt benefit from jim and jane crow as a business matter? if so, you can't exclude the violence from it. he has demonstrated, repeatedly, that the ends justify the means. he is a race baiting bigot. his deeds have proven that fact.

          read my last paragraph and meditate on it; how is my analysis incorrect.

    •  A few disagreements: (0+ / 0-)
      People, innocent people lost their lives due to lynching. The same is not happening here.
      You don't think people have and will lose their lives as a result of the GOP trashing of social support services, health care, etc.? Of course they have and of course they will. Poverty kills.
      That's like a recent poster (later banned) who wrote a title titled:

          Why Do Women Allow Themselves to be RAPED?

      What you did with lynching that person did with rape.

      Not at all. You're engaging in the same sort of overblown rhetoric you're accusing Chauncey of. Doing with lynching what that person did with rape would be to title a diary "Why Do Black People Allow Themselves to be Lynched?" No valid comparison at all.
      It's unnecessary and inflammatory.
      "Inflammatory" is one of those outrageously subjective words like "inappropriate" or "offensive." You can point at anything and make those accusations with no more evidence than "Well, I'M inflamed and offended and that is ALWAYS inappropriate." And all three are classic "shut that b!tch/f@g/ni99er up" words. They are very rarely used to protect -- what? Humanity? Baby Jesus? Aunt Minnie? -- from some reprehensible assault on their existence/sanctity. They are primarily used to patrol the borders and make sure "those people" aren't stepping out of line.

      Get over it. No one here is made of spun sugar. We can all survive things getting a little rough in the pursuit of truth. And if you are imagining in any way that CdV is not pursuing truth, you just don't know enough to be taking on the role of prosecutor.

      Lynching is a serious violation of human rights.
      well, thank god Mitt and Bush and the GOP aren't violating human rights. At least not in any ways that meet your standard of seriousness.
      We should not relegate its seriousness by attributing it to everything we do not like.
      This is one of the nastiest, cheapest, most dishonest and most popular ways of trivializing people who get out of line and says something somebody doesn't want to hear. "You say blah blah blah about everything you don't like." It's either an idiotic thing to say, or you can link us to posts where CdV compared "American Idol," rained out ball games, people who leave pets in locked cars, parachute pants, and Honey Boo Boo's mom to lynching. That preposterous "everything you don't like" is an attempt to dismiss a person's vital concerns. I've heard it said to gay people talking about gay marriage, the unemployed talking about jobs, women wanting political parity -- anything the someone doesn't care about. It's like "just because you didn't get your pony" -- a way of saying "what matters to you [you people] doesn't matter to me [us] therefore it's of no consequence."
      That in fact destroys its seriousness and makes it comical and banal.
      Sorry, I'm seeing neither lynching nor the GOP drive toward racist policies and politicking as "comical or banal." YMMV.

      Mark Twain said "to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." So to a man with a gun, what did Trayvon Martin look like? -- Max Minton

      by teachme2night on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 12:31:57 PM PDT

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  •  Can't you make your point without that (2+ / 0-)
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    Shuksan Tahoma, poco

    inflammatory picture? All you are doing is defending the picture in the comments not debating.

    •  can't, sorry. if folks are unable to think (3+ / 0-)
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      luckydog, poco, Larsstephens

      about issues of race and representation, and the ugly realities of how "polite" white racists such as Romney, a sociopathic bigot, were intimately involved in maintaining the racial state--and yes that included spectacular violence against people of color--then the point is lost.

      as a practical matter, it also would not fit "the smirking mitt walking away from..." meme.

      •  It's not that we're unable to think about it (1+ / 0-)
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        Cartoon Peril

        chauncey, it's that you've crossed a line.

        A lynched person can't rebut. Barack Obama, yourself, and may others are doing it and quite effectively.

        •  respectfully disagree. please answer my basic (2+ / 0-)
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          Larsstephens, teachme2night

          question. is romney a polite type of wcc or bircher racist? would he benefit from jim and jane crow, turning away, and keeping his hands clean? there are/were many like romney.

          if you grant those claims you must consider all that comes with it.

          the american (white) political imagination wants to pretend that spectacular racial violence against poc was done by "monsters" or "outliers." it was the ritual that tied white manhood in the South and elsewhere together. romney is a calculating gangster capitalist who race-baits and mines white racism to advance an agenda. do you think for a moment that if he came of age in that epoch he would not have turned the other way to make a buck?

      •  this crap shuts down our ability to 'think about' (0+ / 0-)

        anything but the repugnance of the imagery.  

        Your whole point is lost in the inappropriateness of the image and your doubling down on accusing the rest of us of being "unable to think about issues of race and representation."

        Folks on this site are in general way above the norm in our approach to these topics.

        That you think the rest of us unable or unwilling to deal with this reflects not upon us, but rather upon you.

        •  i don't know how advanced folks are (3+ / 0-)
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          given some of what i learned when we discussed liberal racism. i own that imagery true; that is part of our/my legacy too. who are you to decide if it is "inappropriate" or not? read the claims, ask yourself some hard--and maybe frightening questions--about the nature of polite racism, and the social pathology from which it sprung and the "professional" and "clean" white agents involved.

        •  If his "whole point is lost" (0+ / 0-)

          in the "inappropriateness" of the image, why are so many people able to see his point? The point is not lost at all. If your fixation on policing "The Inappropriateness" prevents you from reading a perfectly clear and compelling essay, it's not necessarily someone else's job to help you through it.

          And drop the "us" versus "you" tactic. It's really ... uh.. inappropriate.

          Mark Twain said "to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." So to a man with a gun, what did Trayvon Martin look like? -- Max Minton

          by teachme2night on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 12:39:14 PM PDT

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  •  That picture is disturbing. (1+ / 0-)
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    Cartoon Peril

    I did not expect to see that image on a progressive website.
    Remember the horrible signs the teapartiers had at their protests? Yeah, me too. In my opinion, this creates a 'both sides do it' argument. It is NOT necessary!
    That disgusting smirk has been rightly exposed to show his lack of compassion and leadership regarding fallen heroes at an embassy. It hurt him, but good. Enough said.

    Let's keep DailyKos the place where the adults are, not the children.

    NEVER STOP READING BOOKS- Nothing else stirs the imagination or opens a mind to all possibilities.

    by Carla in Sequim on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:39:03 PM PDT

    •  i am an adult. it is childish to decouple (2+ / 0-)
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      certain historical truths and realities in the present from what we find scary or uncomfortable. i know something about lynch culture in this society as one of my relatives was killed by such violence.

      if by "progressive" you mean unwilling to engage certain direct truths about the nature of white supremacy, and how agents, polite racists such as romney, are part of a long lineage in this country, then yes, you are correct.

      i would hope that progressive does not equal cowardly and afraid of the truth. for some, it just may.

      •  What I find scary and uncomfortable (1+ / 0-)
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        Cartoon Peril

        as my post said, is taking a justified hit that he so rightly deserved and not letting it stand on its own.

        Having said that, I have no problem talking about racists. You are talking to a gal born in Compton a long, long time ago. My memories of racial intolerance and the violence that came from it are still etched in my brain. My parents made sure I knew who the bad guys were and to this day and until my last day, I will not allow anyone to spew hatred based on race in my presence. On that we can agree.

        I wouldn't put it past a desperate campaign and candidate to 'go there' before this is over. Until then, let's keep the smirk to this event and our eyes on the prise.

        NEVER STOP READING BOOKS- Nothing else stirs the imagination or opens a mind to all possibilities.

        by Carla in Sequim on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 02:46:00 PM PDT

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        •  Really? (0+ / 0-)
          I will not allow anyone to spew hatred based on race in my presence.
          Very interesting...

          Mark Twain said "to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." So to a man with a gun, what did Trayvon Martin look like? -- Max Minton

          by teachme2night on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 12:47:55 PM PDT

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  •  It's ALL inflammatory, unfounded, slanderous, etc. (3+ / 0-)

    Okay - so you don't like Romney, you're not planning to vote for Romney, and you think Romney is a racist - I get that.  But from where do you get the idea that it's okay to suggest that the man is inhuman enough to literally turn his back and walk away smiling from a brutal and horrific murder?  This - to me - is far too close to the ridiculous and derogatory images shopped by Tea Party members of Obama wearing a swastika, or with a Hitler mustache.  Moreover, it angers me because it puts me in a position of having to defend Romney (I'm not voting for him either, but I've never heard him say or do anything that warrants lumping him together with a bunch of white supremacists murdering a man for the color of his skin), and will again require me to defend this site and the good - and sensible - people who inhabit it and traffic here against accusations that this is some sort of left-wing crackpot version of the Glenn Beck show.  It's not.  And regarding your comment that you "don't pull punches", what are you - a 7th grader?  First, as I pointed out above, you don't really have a punch - a valid punch, anyway - to pull in this case.  Second, most grownups learn that they often can - and should - pull their punches, lest the rest of the village come to the conclusion that they're some sort of unhinged, self-important, juvenile asshat who believes that every thought that's ever crossed his or her tiny little mind deserves to be shouted from the top of the clock tower because it's a testament to exactly how brilliant and insightful he/she actually is.  I'm pretty sure Ted Nugent thinks the same way.  It's offensive: take it down.

    •  Yes, Take. It. Down! (0+ / 0-)

      NOW.

      NEVER STOP READING BOOKS- Nothing else stirs the imagination or opens a mind to all possibilities.

      by Carla in Sequim on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:43:16 PM PDT

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    •  you wrote (3+ / 0-)
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      poco, bluedust, Larsstephens

      "But from where do you get the idea that it's okay to suggest that the man is inhuman enough to literally turn his back and walk away smiling from a brutal and horrific murder?"

      see my earlier comments about polite racists such as Romney. triangulate that with what we know about jim and jane crow. look at the man's allegiance to reactionary white right wing populism.

      as i said, he would be in the wcc, using blockbusting tactics, and making money from white racism and jim and jane crow. so yes, he would walk away. history is full of those uncomfortable truths.

      as i said read what i wrote and honestly consider it from a position not possessed by rank emotion. really think hard about his sociopathy and his ends justifies the means approach to both his professional life and strategic use of white racism to win an election. then get back to me.

  •  oh chauncey. the site tends to react badly to (6+ / 0-)

    any mention of lynching by an Af-Am kossack.  they ESPECIALLY react badly to that particular image.

    ask me how I know...

    This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

    by mallyroyal on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:42:13 PM PDT

  •  there's only one comment in the diary that I... (2+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens, teachme2night

    ...might dispute.

    It ain't personal. It is only business.
    When it comes to apparent depth and breadth Romney's misanthropy - of which his racism is a part - I find that claim of "it's only business" hard to support.

    Cheers.

  •  No, this is over the top. Mitt's not KKK. What (0+ / 0-)

    is left in the rhetorical inventory when real KKK come along, as they do from time to time?

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:43:38 PM PDT

    •  the kkk is just one group, those were kluxers (5+ / 0-)

      those were just examples of the polite and good and decent white folks who participated in spectacular racial violence across this country in places like Tulsa, East St. Louis, Chicago, and elsewhere.

      that is your error. white racial violence just wasn't the Klan, it was a routine way for white men to reinforce the fraternity of whiteness across divides of class.

      •  were not kluxers (1+ / 0-)
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      •  of course racism isn't confined to KKK, but this (0+ / 0-)

        image is just too much.  

        Mitt has a lot of issues, certainly I'm neither surprised nor happy to learn that he's started (or perhaps never stopped) the code word language of the "47%" who allegedly pay no taxes  etc.  

        I'm certainly not voting for Mitt, but this isn't the type of thing that he's guilty of.  In fact, on a utilitarian basis, I would argue that this sort of over the top actually helps him.

        Isn't it enough that he was smirking about the death of a U.S. ambassador?  Nothing further need be shown, I think.

        CDV, you known I've pretty much backed you up on all stuff on this site but I think on this one thing, I have to say no.

        You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

        by Cartoon Peril on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 03:18:21 PM PDT

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        •  too each his own and respectfully disagree (5+ / 0-)

          read the last paragraph, or just not look at the image and then see what your opinion is. what have i suggested that is inaccurate, ahistorical, or the like?

          romney is that sort of person. there were many millions like him. no great discovery as he would have looked away and profited from jim and jane crow.

          why be wear of that fact? do you hold him in such high esteem? he destroyed whole communities to make a profit. why wouldn't he simply operate within the white norms of the day and do just what i suggested?

  •  HR in the Tip Jar. Justification: (1+ / 0-)
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    You're saying that the comment is so bad -- so disruptive or damaging to the community -- that it isn't worth even a debate, but should be deleted from the discussion as being simply inflammatory, simply off-topic, or simply a lie.
  •  This is way over the top and will hurt us (2+ / 0-)
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    It reminds me of that asinine Move On full page ad about General "Betrayus," an ad so monumentally stupid that I swore I would never support Move On ever again.

    The reality of walking away from the press conference is good enough, this may turn voters away from us and towards him.

    •  if they are that much the fence sitter (3+ / 0-)
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      then they were not voting for obama anyway. moreover, i wish i had that sort of audience--a blip on the radar if even that.

      your interesting and perhaps correct claim also says a whole lot about the power of white identity politics.

    •  Can I see hands? (0+ / 0-)

      I wish I had a list of everything that -- if anyone dared say it -- it would send good Democrats rushing into the arms of the TeaParty Republicans.

      Can I see a show of hands?

      How many people, now that their retinas have been assaulted by this image, are considering switching over to Romney on election day?

      Quick -- before the sky falls!

      Mark Twain said "to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." So to a man with a gun, what did Trayvon Martin look like? -- Max Minton

      by teachme2night on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 12:56:53 PM PDT

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  •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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    that Romney would very likely be (and probably is) a polite racist. I could have done without the imagery but I do think you hit the nail on the head.

    And as far as the imagery goes, IIRC, you are black (We are Respectable Negroes... correct?) and I can see why your POV on the imagery might be different than the POV of whites.

    Re-elect Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI). Screw Pete Hoekstra.

    by BitterEnvy on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 02:20:48 PM PDT

  •  Looks like you will (0+ / 0-)

    post and write just about anything to get some attention.

  •  I know it's hard to believe this ugliness (3+ / 0-)
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    could happen here, but it's scarcely a few years away. However uncomfortable this makes people, Chauncey's point is valid: people like Romney facilitate scenes as bad as this for their own ends, with scarcely a turned hair.  A Romney presidency would bring this back much sooner than we would like to think. After all, huge wealth discrepancies are a hallmark of slave societies. When people don't matter, this happens.

    I don't like it, but Chauncey's mission isn't to make us comfortable. I support Chauncey's right to make a case.

    •  bluedust and Chauncey, I have to hurl... (2+ / 0-)
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      but I agree with you. A day or two ago, I might not have, hoping that Mitt was simply awkward and blinded by class privilege, but when it became clear that he views 47% of the US population with such contempt, that is evidence of a complete lack of basic human empathy.

      When there is no ability to feel with other human beings, or recognize the consequences of one's actions on other living, breathing people--and yes, sometimes resulting in their untimely deaths due to Bain-provoked poverty--bluedust is entirely right: When people don't matter, this happens.

      Chauncey, I would never post a picture of a lynching; I don't have the moral authority to do so because it is not a part of my own history. However, I belong to a group that was widely persecuted, martyred, during the 1600s and who knows? perhaps at some point it may be appropriate for a post with an Anabaptist being burned at the stake. It happened. Lynchings happened. We dare not forget.

      There is no worse enemy of God and Man than zeal armed with power and guided by a feeble intellect... --William James

      by oslyn7 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:22:52 AM PDT

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  •  Oh, dear, there aren't REALLY racists, are there? (1+ / 0-)
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    It is a very comfortable and appealing fantasy that no one is really racist unless they are screaming "ni99er!" in the streets and sporting white supremacist tattoos on their necks. It's a common and shallow "liberal" mindset that yes, yes, oh, dear, there is certainly racism in America, tut, tut, how awful -- BUT with all that racism, virtually no one is a racist. Certainly not proper folks in suits and ties. Amazing! Racism without racists!

    The clown-show of spittle-flying KKKartoon rednecks is a comfort to run-of-the-mill racists who can look at them and condemn them while denying their own more subtle racism. But it is the subtle, tasteful, polite racists who have the clout to maintain the systemic racism that is the real toxin in our society. Without them, the KKKrazy racists are just an isolated joke.

    Mark Twain said "to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." So to a man with a gun, what did Trayvon Martin look like? -- Max Minton

    by teachme2night on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 08:04:08 AM PDT

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