The Republican Far Right’s Steady Drift into Explicit Racial Appeals and Concerns

E.J. Dionne notices it:

Race-baiting is no longer off-limits on some of the right-wing talk shows. Fox News’ Glenn Beck, for example, declared that Obama “has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” Ethnicity has been an underlying issue in the debate around Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned whether she would be fair by repeatedly referring to her comment — from which she backed away — about the relative wisdom of a “wise Latina.” Rush Limbaugh was far less subtle when her comment first surfaced. “How do you get promoted in a Barack Obama administration?” he asked. “By hating white people — or even saying you do, or that they’re not good or put ’em down, whatever.”

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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