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    Saturday Night Card Game (“…what I got was the white guy…”)

    Saturday Night Card Game (“…what I got was the white guy…”)

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

    Some prominent white liberals, in this case Bill Maher and Michael Moore, are pretty quick to portray conservatives and particularly Tea Partiers as racist.

    But in fact, it is these white liberals who harbor negative stereotypes about blacks.  They just don’t see the stereotypes as negative, but rather, in some way “cool” and “hip.”

    And when it comes to Obama, what they got apparently isn’t black enough for them:

    Maher and Moore apparently want Shaft, and anything less is just a white guy.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates writes at The Atlantic:

    But it really isn’t [a great line]. In fact, it’s racist, and Michael Moore would do well to stop repeating it. It really is no better than the Kenyan anti-colonial bit, indeed it is a good deal worse. I said this yesterday on twitter, but it would be as if my Jewish accountant messed up my taxes and I said, “Dude, you’re Jewish, what the hell?!?!”

    Examining the stereotypes of blacks held by prominent white liberals could be the starting point of a frank discussion of race, but it would not turn out the way white liberals want.

    So instead, white liberals too often project their own prejudices onto conservatives and Tea Partiers as a means of shutting down the conversation and avoiding self-examination.

    For political gain, of course.

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    Milwaukee | September 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    During the Deep Horizon well problem, Maher asked something like ‘when are going to get the angry black man? you know, the one with the gun in waist, who lifts up his shirt and says “get something done or we’re going to be shooting people”, like that?’ The only armed Black men I’ve ever had to deal with were calm and wearing law enforcement uniforms.

    Ironically, poor whites (aka “rednecks”) are far more likely than latte liberals to live, work and go to school in close proximity to people of color.


       
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      LukeHandCool in reply to myiq2xu. | September 17, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      So true.

      Maybe that’s why southern whites seem to have a certain appeal that’s quite broad in politics (except to latte liberals).

      My dad always hired blacks in his stores that were in black neighborhoods … so I grew up around blacks. His black employees would take me to L.A. Rams games.

      To many of my white liberal friends growing up, to whom blacks were something more abstract, black opinion often has had some magical characteristics attributed to it.

    Maher and Moore ought to move to Zimbawee. I hear Mugabee has just what they want. Sometimes, I get the idea these two, and others like them, throw out these statements to get a rise out of listeners. Or do they think this armed black president, who cares nothing for the rule of law, will overlook their skin color? Oh wait, we already have a black president who cares nothing for the rule of law and we are rapidly sinking into a Zimbawee country.

    I read somewhere that people in the south hate the race but love the people and the people in the north love the race but hate the people. That was decades ago. I wonder if it is still true.


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