In the year 2010, the Republican party has finally, officially, re-discovered racism.
In between demanding to see President Obama's birth certificate so that he can prove for once and for all that he is NOT a secret Kenyan Muslim and Republican demands to be able to racially profile all Muslim-Americans who might be mistaken for a terrorist based on appearance, name or faith, the Republican party has re-discovered racism in America, and all because of this comment by Democratic Senator Harry Reid.
Despite many, many acts on their own part that could be considered racist, Republicans finally became aware of the existance of racism in America again when a Democrat supposedly did it too.
In 2009 I catalouged racist moments made by Republicans in an article titled Just call him a N!&&ER and get it over with, Republicans. We ALL KNOW that's what you mean. By Republican standards NONE of these instances were racist. Why? Because It Doesn't Count If You Are A Republican.
But, just for the sake of accuracy, lets review the year of 2009 in Republican racism and selective outrage.
Wonkette notes that a racist e-mail was sent out by a legislative staffer for Tennessee GOP state senator Diane Black. The staffer, Sherplatfvormri Goforth, e-mailed this composite picture of the country’s 44 presidents, which represents President Obama with only a set of eyes:
Of course, America's So Called Liberal Media/Right Wing Noise Machine has had it's own hand in the racism/race baiting game, including the perpetuation of the birthers by Fox and CNN's Lou Dobbs, who tipped his own so called Independant hand in this Gods awful moment.
CNN’s Lou Dobbs stopped by the booth and exclaimed, "My wife will love this!" A photo shows Dobbs with a box of the mix in his hand.
GOP politicians have not been ashamed of themselves enough to bite their tongues either. They praise right wing terrorists, they advocate violence and the threat of violence against those whom they oppose, they refuse to tell their base to act like adults and civilized people, and their base just goes farther and farther every day.
"I Want My Country
And the media does not call it out, other than a few hours a night on MSNBC. Instead, they ignore or encourage it.
Limbaugh plays "Barack the Magic Negro" on his show
Limbaugh calls Sotomayor, POTUS Obama Racist
The master of the RWNM and the GOP's official mouthpiece, of course, is Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, and it's television propaganda arm, Fox News, who didn't even wait for Barack Obama to win the Presidency before they played the race baiting charge, a card they keep hidden up their sleeve in order to cheat the American electorate out of a intelligent political conversation every chance they get.
After the fair and free election where Americans overwhelmingly rejected the Republicans candidates and elected President Barack Hussein Obama, the GOP's media propaganda arm didn't stop the racism there. They can't help themselves. It is who they are. It defines them.
And, of course, the coup de grâce
"This guy (President Obama), is, I believe, a racist."
The Republican party had lost all knowledge of racism after President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves during the civil war. Since then, the Republican party has had a case of collective amnesia on all matters race related, including voting against the Civil Rights reforms in the 60's and their more recent opposition to the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor based on her heritage as a "Wise latina", but that has since changed when a Democratic Senator Harry Reid made some poorly conceived comments regarding the skin tone of current President Barack Obama, who happens to be not 100% white. In a Republican party that prides itself on Purity of ideology, consistancy is optional.
Now that a Democrat has said something that might be racist, Republicans are outraged, OUTRAGED I TELLS YA! that such a thing as racism might exist in America in 2010. Regarding racism in America between the years of 1866 and 2009, prominent Republicans refused to comment, unless it was something a Democrat did or said.
Future Republican re-discoveries that may happen in 2010 include Republican re-discoveries of the Class War, sexism and climate change, but none of these re-discoveries are likely to happen unless a Democrat is accused of something related to it first.
Crossposted at The Progressive Electorate.com and Docudharma.com