Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Republican Racism Review: Dogwhistles, Demographics, and Sarah Palin Says a Thing

Real handed out at the 2008
Texas Republican State Convention
If you start keeping your eyes open for them, there are a terrifying number of news stories about Republicans being racist:
  • You're a Republican State Rep. from Minnesota named Mary Franson, and you decide to post some kind of video blog to Youtube, what do you say?
And here, it’s kind of ironic, I’ll read you this little funny clipped [sic] that we got from a friend. It says, ‘Isn’t it ironic that the food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever. Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to please not feed the animals, because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.’
Ha. Ha. Poor people are literally animals.  Get it?

  • Sadly though, that may be a winning strategy (at least in the Republican Party).  National Journal did a study and found that the Republican Primary electorate is significantly older and whiter than the country at large.  Which isn't exactly news, but it's nice to have numbers.  In other racist fun with numbers news, 45% of Republican Alabamans think that Barack Obama is a Muslim not a Christian, don't worry though 41% are unsure.  Mississippi Republicans actually manage to be more terrible with 52% incorrectly identifying him as a Muslim, with another 36% unsure.  But hey, only a third of them want to recriminalize interracial marriage, so I guess it could be worse.

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