Posted by: Jeff | April 28, 2011

Birthers and Race

TNC, as always, sees the underlying issue for those who still can’t believe that Barack Obama is President.

But beyond that, it is impossible to miss the racism at work here. This is not Vince Foster. This is not Swiftboating. This is the dude who passed health care reform as “the biggest Affirmative Action in history.” This is the whitey tape. This you are an “Indonesian welfare thug.” This is the host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” questioning the intellect of the past president of the Harvard law review. This is the scion of inherited money as populist, and the scion of a teen single-mother as elitist. This is, if you were white, you–and the black dude who came before you–wouldn’t be here. This is we don’t believe you.

In other words, this is a racism of the bone.

My ire is not so much for those who see their interests in that frame, but for Very Serious People, who see nothing in the fact that those who are sorry that country wasn’t cleaved in half by Genosha, and those who believe the first black president is a Muslim sleeper agent, are all at the same party. Who with a straight face chalk it all up to the inexplicable vagaries of the human mind, or mere chance.

My ire is for those who claim to know better, but do not.

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