The Reverse Race Card

Posted: May 26, 2014 by Marner in Conservative Hypocrisy, Current Events, Politics
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On Wednesday, Sen Rockefeller held a hearing of the Senate Commerce committee and some sparks flew. Rockefeller made this statement in a hearing about the ACA:

“It’s very important to take a long view at what’s going on here. And I’ll be able to dig up some emails that make part of the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t look good, especially from people who have made up their mind that they don’t want it to work. Because they don’t like the president, maybe he’s of the wrong color. Something of that sort,” Rockefeller said. “I’ve seen a lot of that and I know a lot of that to be true. It’s not something you’re meant to talk about in public, but it’s something I’m talking about in public because that is very true.”

That set Sen. Ron Johnson off.

“I didn’t object to this because of the race of the president. I objected to this because it is an assault on our freedom. And Mr. Chairman, I have to admit, I have a great deal of respect for you, but I’m the only one in the room, and I found it very offensive that you would basically imply that I’m a racist because I oppose this health care law. That is outrageous.”

Did you catch that? Rockefeller said some people oppose the ACA because of racism and Johnson twisted his words to say that Rockefeller called him a racist. This is the reverse race card played by Republicans on a regular basis. They make the false claim that liberals call all opposition to Obama racist, so therefore, no opposition to Obama can ever be racist. The GOP even went so far as to say racism has ended. It’s a weak attempt to keep liberals from pointing out that racism is alive and well in our country.

Just recently, numerous stories have appeared that only serve to reinforce that point. We have Cliven Bundy saying, “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro.” Republicans will say he is just a singular nutcase, even though they were full-throated in support of him until he opened his mouth, but he isn’t a lone wolf and racism is alive and well in the Republican Party. A New Hampshire police commissioner unapologetically called Obama a n****r. A county Republican Committee in Illinois sent out a newsletter calling Obama a zebra; half black, half white, and all ass. A Republican Party official in California sent out a picture of Obama’s face pasted on a chimpanzee’s body. A Republican Precinct Chairman in North Carolina opened up about the real reason for passing photo ID voting laws when he said, “If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.”

It’s not just about Obama, though. Racism is still prevalent throughout the country and it is not restricted to the South, as demonstrated by Robert Keller in Utah.

“What Keller wrote down, in a letter to the family last December, was a direct threat. His hate-filled letter – which concluded with “Get this n****r out!” – explicitly warned the parents that he would kill either the boy or the parents if they did not remove him from the neighborhood.

By Keller’s own description the letter read, “If it was my daughter – I think I wrote that I’d slice his throat or something like that.”

Keller told KUTV that he was inspired to write the letter out of fear that the boy might try to date white girls. “I just said, ‘What’s gonna happen later on down the road, when this black kid starts chasing these girls? Which I’ve seen,” he said. “That’s what set me off. I saw him walking down the street with a white gal.”

When Republicans try to shield themselves and their constituents from any accusations of racism, liberals need to forcefully push back. Stating the obvious fact that some opposition to Obama is based on racism is not the same as saying ALL opposition is based on racism. We can’t let the Republicans get a free pass to say anything they want by denying racism exists.

  1. 02casper says:

    Excellent post. Conservatives have long been in denial about the racists in their ranks. That’s one of the reasons neo was allowed to post on B4V so long. Mark has stipulated for some time that are no racists in the TEA party regardless of the number of examples you give him.

  2. rustybrown2012 says:

    Latest bullshit from Noonan:

    Most of us believe nothing, and so believe anything that comes down the pike. Solzhenitsyn put it neatly when he said the problem of the 20th century is that we had forgot about God. Not having anything real to repose our trust in, we have given our trust to one charlatan after another. Not all of us, of course – a few have had the saving grace of believing in something and thus keeping a clear eye. Of course, a great deal of precisely such people were mown down in the death camps of Hitler and Stalin.

    As usual, he is wrong by a factor of 180 degrees. Atheists who reject the conformity of religion are the ones who by definition are viewing the world with clear eyes. It’s the religious who, again, by definition, not only have a history of believing in something in absence of logic and critical thinking, but also a history of obligating themselves to powerful institutions outside of their control.

    • mitchethekid says:

      What a Putz this character is. His presumptuousness reminds me of this line from True Detective “When you attach assumptions to a piece of evidence, you start to bend the narrative to support it and prejudice yourself.” Noonan cuts out the most important part. The evidence.

      • rustybrown2012 says:

        To clarify, I’m not conflating religious thought with Nazism, Fascism, etc., but merely correcting Noonan’s wrongheaded characterizations of atheists and believers. I’ll leave the construction of specious connections to the intellectual lightweights on that thread.

      • rustybrown2012 says:

        Noonan cuts out the most important part. The evidence.

        I know, that’s what drives me nuts. They throw bullshit like this out there without one shred of objective evidence and then cry that they are being “attacked” when someone calls bullshit on their bullshit. If their claims are so rational and self evident they should have no trouble clearly explaining and justifying their points of view, the way I do mine, but since they’re full of shit they always resort to deflection, invectives, and wrapping themselves up in the latest persecution complex. Pathetic children.

      • 02casper says:

        Mark is a smart guy in a lot of ways, but he has no idea how to be a historian. He thinks that reading a few books makes him smarter than anyone else. Sadly, he only reads books that reinforce his viewpoint and he has no training on how to really study history.

  3. Ezra Klein has an article today in which he describes a study which shows how racism affects people’s perceptions of health care reform. An interesting read.

    As far as the false claim that racism has ended, anyone who worked on the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign knows for a fact that racism is alive and well in the United States. A lot of the grunt work of campaigns consists of cold calling. Let’s just say that some people are freer to express their racist views on the telephone when speaking with someone they don’t know. And as Marner points out, this is hardly restricted to the south. Indiana and Pennsylvania, for example, have a lot of racists among their population.

  4. meursault1942 says:

    Remember: In conservative-land, racism is not racism. Noticing racism or mentioning racism is the real racism, and conservatives are always the victims of it.

    It’s understandable why they don’t want to talk about racism, though. They’ve been on the wrong side of it from slavery through Jim Crow and desegregation all the way to today. They don’t want to be forced to account for this–or even admit to it–so they have to either twist the whole topic around with the above construction or, better yet, just avoid the topic altogether.

  5. GrafZeppelin127 says:

    This is an almost perfect example:

    “I didn’t object to this because of the race of the president. I objected to this because it is an assault on our freedom.”

    Except that it’s not. Not by any reasonable understanding of what any of those words in bold, separately or together, actually mean. To regard the Affordable Care act as “an assault on our freedom” is, quite simply, completely, utterly, and entirely unreasonable.

    When people say unreasonable things like this, it’s only natural to wonder what their real motivations must be. When you say “It’s not [X], it’s [Y],” where [Y] is an absurdity and/or a falsehood, why should we not presume that it really is [X]?

    That’s not to say that racism is necessarily always the motivation behind believing unreasonable things or citing absurdities/falsehoods as the basis of one’s opinions. But in a case like this it’s not unreasonable to deduce that the reason Sen. Johnson (or whomever else would say something like this) believes that the ACA is “an assault on our freedom” could have something to do with the President’s race. It might have only to do with his party affiliation, but the point remains the same. When your stated motivations are unreasonable, people will question them.

    • Marner says:

      I believe Johnson when he says he didn’t object to the ACA because of Obama’s race, but his attempt at saying that any claim of opposition based on Obama’s race is false, so therefore no opposition can be based on race, is coldly calculating. He knew exactly what he was doing when he went into his fit of faux outrage.

      I didn’t even mention Johnson’s hypocrisy. He said he opposed the ACA because the old system saved his daughter, then took offense when Rockefeller pointed out that he wanted to go back to that old system where if you had insurance, you’re child could live. If you didn’t have it, the odds were not in your favor.

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