The wingnuts are in a tizzy over racism! They just won’t tolerate racism of any kind because racism is bad.
Tom Tancredo’s former speechwriter and the current Executive of Tancredo’s Team America PAC just plead guilty to a hate crime for uttering the “n” word at an African-American woman while giving said woman a karate chop (?). And despite Tancredo’s years of anti-immigrant hysteria, he just won’t tolerate racism of any kind!
Rush Limbaugh, the guy who told an African American caller to take the bone out of her nose and call him back, just hates the idea that President Obama has nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court because white men like him are part of an oppressed minority.
You don’t think that Sotomayor is a racist? Well, she’s a member of La Raza, an organization that exists to improve opportunites to Latino Americans! What more proof do you need?
Well, the nonracist denizens of Free Republic also think she’s a racist.
Thankfully, Bob Herbert brings some sanity to the discussion:
Here’s the thing. Suddenly these hideously pompous and self-righteous white males of the right are all concerned about racism. They’re so concerned that they’re fully capable of finding it in places where it doesn’t for a moment exist. Not just finding it, but being outraged by it to the point of apoplexy. Oh, they tell us, this racism is a bad thing!
Are we supposed to not notice that these are the tribunes of a party that rose to power on the filthy waves of racial demagoguery. I don’t remember hearing their voices or the voices of their intellectual heroes when the Republican Party, as part of its Southern strategy, aggressively courted the bigots who fled the Democratic Party because the Democrats had become insufficiently hostile to blacks.
It’s nice that they’ve discovered that racism really is an issue in our country, but it would be nice if they attacked actual racism rather than racism invented to score political points and scare the GOP base that sees its influence and relevance waning as the country changes while they refuse to adapt.
Please pass the popcorn. In the upcoming weeks, we’re sure to hear more of this amusing tripe from Limbaugh and his ilkmates.