the state


-of sickening desperation by jgrimsrud
Sunday, 12 October 2008, 1:08
Filed under: -of jgrimsrud, -of politik

frank rich has an amazing, somewhat sickening op-ed column up at the new york times.

Is there still enough racism in America to prevent a black man from being elected president no matter what? And, will Republicans play the race card? The jury is out on the first question until Nov. 4. But we now have the unambiguous answer to the second: Yes.

but, wait, maybe they’re just too stupidly naive:

This is a campaign where Palin can repeatedly declare that Alaska is “a microcosm of America” without anyone even wondering how that might be so for a state whose tiny black and Hispanic populations are each roughly one-third the national average.

but i’m afraid they’re not that stupid.  this is some scary, this-shit’s-been-shat-before stuff, as congressman john lewis points out:

“During another period, in the not-too-distant past, there was a governor of the state of Alabama named George Wallace who also became a presidential candidate. George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights.

“Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama.”

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