Reverse racism

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Reverse Racism is an accusation of racism where no racism exists. It is a unique and deliberate focus on race in an attempt to discredit others as racist while proclaiming to be above-it-all, neutral and nonbiased. Others are unapologetic about racial bias, refering to groups whether guilty or innocent, as oppressors that need to be exposed. It is subtle in its use, reverse racism is considered hate speech and affects all races and religious groups, even gender.

2008 Democratic Primaries

2008 Presidential elections

The race for President is not without the injection of racism charges. The first African-American Democrat Obama running against a white Republican McCain. McCain is an honorable person as proven by his 28 years of elected office and his dedication to this country during a time of war. This has not stopped his opponents from trying to associate him with racism by means of reverse racism.

Examples

  • NYTimes: "McCain ad that likened Obama's celebrity status to lightweight celebrities like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, Obama suggested three times on Wednesday that the McCain campaign was trying to scare voters with racial appeals."[1] [2]
  • Time posts online, "Obama's Fannie Mae connections are completely fair game. But this ad doesn't even mention a far more significant tie. Instead, it relies on a fleeting and tenuous reference in a Washington Post Style section story to suggest that Obama's principal economic adviser is former Fannie Mae Chairman Frank Raines. Why? One reason might be that Johnson is white; Raines is black. Consider McCain's new ad, which the campaign says it will be airing nationally: Sinister images of two black men, followed by one of a vulnerable-looking elderly white woman."[3] Karen Tumulty, the TIME author, in laying accusations against McCain, points out that the Washington Post style is racist.
  • Democratic congressman from Georgia John Lewis drew a rhetorical line connecting McCain to the white segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace and, through Wallace, to the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham that killed four girls.[4] Obama and the Democratic national party distanced themselves and gave no rebuke of or apologies for Lewis's comments to McCain.
  • Washington Post editoral, "false claims that Obama is Muslim, that he trained to overthrow the government and that he was educated in Wahhabi schools are a standard part of the political discussion. These fake stories come from voices on the ultra right that have dabbled in other forms of conspiracy, including classic anti-Semitism."[5]
  • The Associated Press claimed, "Even mentioning the association with Ayers, as Sarah Palin did in a speech earlier in the week, signifies a hidden 'racial tinge.'"[6]
  • In a statement Obama repeated three times, he said what George Bush and John McCain are "going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he’s not patriotic enough. He’s got a funny name. You know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills." Neither has done any such thing, of course. McCain has distanced himself from attacks with the remotest hint of racial undertones.[7] McCain's campaign made a small ad with Obama on the hundred dollar bill a month prior to the quote. [8]
  • In an editorial titled McCain unleashes the 'kooks', "Are we witnessing the re-emergence of the far right as a power in American politics? Has John McCain, inadvertently perhaps, become the midwife of a new movement built around fear, xenophobia, racism and anger?" Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. [9]

Republican African-Americans

As reverse racism, liberals will often slight a Republican on character. Notable politicians and judges, such as Michael Steele and Clarence_Thomas have been verbally attacked in this way.

Anti-Semitism

There are plenty of comments reminding voters of anti-semitism or its use in where none exists. For example, "Jewish voters should take comfort in knowing that MoveOn.org is not a haven for anti-Semitism and the organization will renounce and remove any postings of the sort. Leave it to Republicans to not allow the truth to get in the way of campaigning." Sincerely, Ira Forman Executive Director National Jewish Democratic Council. What Ira has just done, very subtly, "We're not racists- 'MoveOn'", "Their the racists= 'Republicans'!", reverse racism. The National Jewish Democratic Council is a controversial liberal-left, anti-Christian, anti-military political foundation. [10]

"Alcee Hastings denounces all gun owners and hunters as racists and anti-Semites."

Also See

References

  1. NYT Calls McCain Ad Racist, McCain Camp Likens Editors to Kos Kids NewsBusters.org, August 1, 2008
  2. Obama’s Racism Card NationalReviewOnline, August 1, 2008
  3. McCain Plays the Race Card TIME, September 18, 2008
  4. John Lewis Smears McCain As Enabling Racist Violence; WaPo Sugar-Coats It In Blandness NewsBusters.org, October 12, 2008
  5. McCain and the Raging Right Washington Post, October 15, 2008
  6. Obama doesn't make you a racist CNN, October 9, 2008
  7. Obama’s Racism Card NationalReviewOnline, August 1, 2008
  8. John McCain's Youtube Account
  9. McCain unleashes the 'kooks' Washington Post, October 15, 2008
  10. "Jewish" Democrats Host Hate-Monger and Impeached Perjurer Alcee Hastings Free Republic, September 30, 2008