What Racism? (Pt. 2)

For starters:

This was on the official website of the Sacramento County Republican Party.

And then there’s this:

And here’s a comment from the Team Sarah blog post from which that pic came:

OMGZ, that shoeshine pic is HILARIOUS. I’ve been looking for a slave one — maybe a shot from Roots, but with McCain’s face on the master, and Obama’s on the slave getting whipped. Just like it’s going to happen in tonight’s debate!

via John Cole.

UPDATE: Ta-Nehisi nails why this matters.

One thing that’s come to me, during this election, is how so many people view pre-Civil Rights movement America as this distant aberration. There’s sort of this belief that–at some point in the past–there were slaves in this country. And then Abe Lincoln ended it all and saved the union, though the people who fought Abe were honorable men themselves (can’t forget that caveat). Then later someone put up some signs saying “Whites Only.” A few bad apples killed some black people who didn’t like the signs. Then Martin Luther King proclaimed he had a dream, and it was huggie time–until some fool, motivated only be his own individual sense of evil, killed him. But we’re mostly all better now.

I think that’s the narrrative that McCain/Palin are working from. A lot of folks think that these guys are intentionally stirring up these old forces–but that gives McCain/Palin too much credit. They don’t really know how close this stuff is to us–that this country sacrificed 750,000 of its best men on the altar of white supremacy. They don’t really know what the 60s cost John Lewis. They don’t know that the only successful coup d’etat in America’s long illustrious history, was led by white racists. Wilmington still hasn’t recovered from that. They don’t know anything about housing covenants, black vets lynched in their uniforms, the government conspiring to keep black neighborhoods poor, states conspiring to make black children stupid, or Alabama sharecroppers being used as guinea pigs. They just have no idea how history walks with us all, that all of this happened just the other day.



Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.