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    Saturday Night Card Game (The “Negrophobia” card is played)

    Saturday Night Card Game (The “Negrophobia” card is played)

    This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain:

    I know, I know, you’ve heard it all before.  Broken dreams and shattered hopes that the use of the race card for political gain would not get any worse.  But I told you it would.

    This may be the night, however, when it has peaked, because it can’t possibly get any worse than this post by “Dennis G.” at the popular left-wing Balloon Juice blog (via Crawdad Hole), The Modern Negrophobists reaction to the President’s speech…

    Balloon Juice, you may recall, was one of the first entrants into the Saturday Night Card Game, making an appearance on November 14, 2009.

    “Dennis G.” uses a mid-19th Century cartoon of a drowning white man refusing to be saved by a black man, followed by this assertion about anticipated reaction from right-wingers and the professional left to Obama’s jobs speech:

    This cartoon from 1862 could run in the papers tomorrow as an example of the typical Republican/Wingnut reaction to President Obama’s speech (it would also cover the reaction of more than a few firebaggers as well). This has been the reaction to everything President Obama has done so far, so I see no reason why it would stop tonight.

    Wow.  Right-wingers and firebaggers — who Dennis G. presumes all to be white  — refuse to be saved by Barack Obama because Obama is black.

    And the proof?  Well, all us wingnuts and the firebaggers refer to Obama as a “lawn jockey.”

    Oh wait, my mistake, that was a Balloon Juice blogger referring to Juan Williams as a lawn jockey.

    I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when the rise of the race card began to slow and our nation began to heal.  Because it couldn’t possibly get any worse.


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    ironghost | September 11, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Until Republicans get out of the country clubs and into Black Communities and educate them about how Republicans really are, the race card will continue to work. All thoughts otherwise are cute dreams, but hopeless in the face of reality.

      Many of us are working in the Black and Low Income Communities. Almost every week, I end up with someone different saying to me “I always thought Republicans only supported the wealthy and powerful. I didn’t think that a Republican would act the way you do, would support the ‘little guy,’ would nurture personal freedom, liberty and individual rights.”

      Now, I don’t correct them that I’m actually a Conservative, but the point is still the same.

      Many of us are making inroads into the Communities that for years have been the bastions of liberalism, in large part because Republicans abandoned them as part of the “welfare state” and everyone assumed that the votes of these communities could simply be “bought” by liberal pandering.

      As examples from my family:

      My father sits on the board of the Rescue Mission of Syracuse, New York, and that organization has been making significant inroads into the homeless communities and low income populations, helping them to learn skills necessary to get jobs and lift themselves from poverty.

      My mother picks up and delivers food for Caz Cares (the local food bank), in the town where my parents live.

      I volunteer teaching life skills to the Black Community, especially youth, in El Paso through a program run by a Black Church. Because I have backgrounds in Manufacturing & Finance as well as a Law Degree, I am able to teach about financial planning, budgeting, debt reduction, job interviewing, technical skills, and a whole host of other topics which are crucial to 15 to 21 year-old individuals to try to get them a chance at becoming financially self-sufficient.

      It’s these sort of inroads to the Black and Low Income Community which are rapidly eroding support for modern liberalism (Statism). More and more, those communities recognize that the Liberals and the Democrat party has utterly failed them by simply throwing money at them and creating dependence. But when Republicans and Conservatives show up to help, while it is harder and we challenge the people we’re helping, at the end of the day, the people find that they’re self sufficient, and no longer need help (or need a vastly reduced amount of it). The minute you empower someone to break the chains of dependency upon the government and support themselves, they will flee from that dependency as far and as fast as they can, because somewhere deep down, there is an inherent pride in being able to say “I AM able to support myself.”

      (Ironghost, I’m going to repost your comment and this response to my blog as a topic, because I think it’s important enough to have the discussion. I’m going to credit you for the comment, but if you’d like me to remove the credit, let me know)

    arnonerik | September 11, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Who does the race card work with? Obama already has the black vote. All this race baiting accomplishes with them is to anger and incite.
    Does it work with independents? I’m not sure in the long run, but every recent poll shows Obama losing more not less Independent votes. The media parrots the charges of racism but they have been nothing but cheerleaders for since he was nominated.
    It is my belief that even the Left does not even believe their own racist charges, but guess what, They have nothing else! Thats the only card Obama has left them.

      Actually, President Obama is starting to lose the “black vote” badly (in historical terms). He SHOULD be getting somewhere north of 94% of likely African American voters saying that they would vote for him again. It’s not anywhere near that number. The exceptionally high unemployment rate for African Americans, and especially youth, is dragging down his electoral support.

      Will there be some individuals who pull the voting booth lever simply because of race? Sure. But that number is actually a LOT smaller than people (on both sides) think it is.

      The Black Communities that I travel in are actually VERY upset with Obama due to his consistent failure to provide ANY sort of reasonable jobs plan. Most of them inherently understand that the Federal Government is the problem, not the solution, to their woes. Further, they largely recognize that Obama policies have damaged the Black Community’s employment prospects, which now stand at almost Great Depression levels. Already over 40% of the African American Community think that the Nation is on the wrong track, and those individuals are likely to at least stay home, if not actively vote AGAINST Obama in the next election.

    Racism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. Or something like that.
    If you think for a minute that it can’t get any worse, just consider how bad it will get when Obama loses.

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