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Why do we keep seeing stuff like this from the left?
Posted by: McQ on Monday, October 30, 2006

Really ... I don't get it. First there was Jane Hamsher from FireDog Lake and a black-face Joe Liberman and now Billmon and a black-face Wolf Blitzer. I love snark and sarcasm with the best of them, but it certainly doesn't include black face and slavery references. Why do some bloggers on the left continue to think such references are acceptable?
 
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Because Democrats own all the black people...or so they keep telling themselves. They feel they’re entitled to fire at will.
 
Written By: Pablo
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Complacency that politically active black people aren’t going to get angry at them about it, due to their ideological backgrounds?
That’s the best I can come up with.
 
Written By: glasnost
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Stupid and complacent? (just proves the point, idiots come in all political persuasions).
 
Written By: looker
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Don’t forget Steve Gilliard doing the same to Steele.

That makes it 3 major lefty bloggers. I figure we will see more.

So what would glasnost say if it was even 1 minor backwwods right side blogger. I think he wold be pretty steamed.
 
Written By: capt joe
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It’s a poor metaphor for traitor, but that’s the message they are trying to convey. The Uncle Tom image is a metaphor for subservience to a master against one’s own.

I prefer the "media wh*re" metaphor, but I am glad I didn’t have to look at Blitzer’s head photoshopped onto Julia Robert’s body.

By the way, there is a blog entry at the site that refers to another Corker ad, this time a radio ad, and apparently the music track when they are talking about Harold Ford sounds a bit like tom-tom’s. I listened to it, and I can hear the beat, but being virtually tone deaf, it means nothing to me except perhaps subliminally...
Jungle Boogie
Your Tennessee Klu Klux . . . um, I mean, Republican Party:

We contacted WGOW radio to ask about the [Corker] ad after reader C.C. wrote in telling us that he’d overheard two local talk show hosts discussing the ad:
This morning about 6:45 I’m getting ready for work and have the radio tuned to the local mega talk station. The hosts are talking about the heat that the Corker/RNC ads are picking up, but are pretty neutral on them themselves, suggesting that the ruckus—and the suggestions of racism—are overblown. They’re going through some callers, when one says, "That’s nothing. Have you heard the jungle drums on the radio ad?"

So they play it, and, sure enough, the caller’s right. Soaring music underneath the copy when discussing Corker’s merits, jungle-like drumming when cutting to Ford’s demerits. The hosts were stone-silent when it finished, until one whistled, and said, "Damn." They both agreed that the drumming — and the intent — was obvious.
 
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By the way, there is a blog entry at the site that refers to another Corker ad, this time a radio ad, and apparently the music track when they are talking about Harold Ford sounds a bit like tom-tom’s.
Not sure why "tom-toms" would be that big of a deal (since those are supposed to be a native American instrument), but I’m really not sure at all what any of it has to do with wondering why we continue to see the sort of thing highlighted from the supposedly racially sensitive left.

Nice try at changing the subject though.
 
Written By: McQ
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Nice try at changing the subject though.
Okay, back to the topic at hand.

Do you think it is racist for a blogger to use a racial stereotype (Uncle Tom in this one, Aunt Jemima in the other) as a metaphor for being a traitor to journalism or to one’s race?

I don’t agree with the characterization of Condi, but Blitzer is an enormous suck up on occasion.

It is the bloggers opinion that these people are traitors to something, does using this metaphor automatically make one racist?

I think Republicans TRY to jump on these because they know that if they did it, it would be news, but Republicans need to look in the mirror to understand why that is.

Cap
 
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Do you think it is racist for a blogger to use a racial stereotype (Uncle Tom in this one, Aunt Jemima in the other) as a metaphor for being a traitor to journalism or to one’s race?

I don’t agree with the characterization of Condi, but Blitzer is an enormous suck up on occasion.
Answer your own question, Cap ... how are those stereotypes typically used?

Certainly no past connection to journalism I can think of? Can you?

If it was a metaphor for being a traitor, how about Benedict Arnold? I’d certainly understand that reference, wouldn’t you?
 
Written By: McQ
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Do you think it is racist for a blogger to use a racial stereotype...
The real issue, to me, is the double standard. If it is OK to use racial stereotypes, then it is OK for all to use them, and visa-versa. If one claims the Corker ads are racially insensitive (or whatever term one choses) then the photoshopped blackfaces are as well. To condemn one while praising (or defending) the other necessarily voids anyones claim to intellectual honesty.
 
Written By: bains
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bains, you’ve really got to have racism on the brain to find it in the Corker ads. It’s right up front here.
 
Written By: Pablo
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bains The Brain says:
If it is OK to use racial stereotypes, then it is OK for all to use them, and visa-versa.
and Pinky says:

"I see your point Brain, *snork* but then what will Jesse Jackson do for a living?"

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
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Putting Blitzer or Lieberman in blackface looks to me to be an attempt to put racist imagry out there for the sake of having it out there rather than attempting to make a point about someone being a buffon or a traitor.
 
Written By: h0mi
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The real issue, to me, is the double standard. If it is OK to use racial stereotypes, then it is OK for all to use them, and visa-versa. If one claims the Corker ads are racially insensitive (or whatever term one choses) then the photoshopped blackfaces are as well. To condemn one while praising (or defending) the other necessarily voids anyones claim to intellectual honesty.
If we are comparing a political campaign ad to a political campaign ad, sure, I acknowledge and agree with your point.

I don’t think you can call it a double standard when you are comparing a blog entry with a political campaign, bloggers get a lot more latitude, we can whine about blog entries, but it’s not going to get the public outcry that a political campaign ad it will get.

Still and all, these blog entries are awkward and crude and I am not comfortable with these characterizations, so even though I get the point and I do not see it as remotely racist, I won’t defend it further.

Cap
 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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why do we see this stuff from the left?

Because certain bloggers are angry, frustrated and thoughtless.

[which is why they’re blogging in the first place. commenting is much easier.]

[given this nation’s history on racism, certain kinds of parody should remain off-bounds, and blackface is one of them. the fact that certain republican politicians are perceived to be engaging in race-baiting does NOT justify what billmon did.]
 
Written By: Francis
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What was it that LBJ said after signing the Civil Rights Act?
 
Written By: Don
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I don’t think you can call it a double standard when you are comparing a blog entry with a political campaign,
Sure you can... It matters not if I’m called a n_gger by an official campaign or by some blogger - it is either OK or not OK - neither the size of the audience nor their closeness to an elected official is relevant to whether or not you view such statements as racially insensitive... and respond accordingly and consistently to such.
...bloggers get a lot more latitude, we can whine about blog entries, but it’s not going to get the public outcry that a political campaign ad it will get.
Obviously and naturally. But again, that is beside the point. Expressions are objectionable regardless of how close the issuer is to any politician.
 
Written By: bains
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"If it was a metaphor for being a traitor, how about Benedict Arnold? I’d certainly understand that reference, wouldn’t you?"

Ah, but you haven’t had the benefit of a public school education in the last twenty years or so.
 
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