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September 21, 2008


this is what limbaugh said, supposedly an attempt to make a joke:

“If we are going to start rewarding no skills and stupid people - I'm serious, let the unskilled jobs, let the kinds of jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do - let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work”

i dont see how that is out of context. obama's ad i thought was a major distortion though.

Yeah, man, I first learned of this when I was linked to Rush's editorial where he says, "Hey, I was taken out of context!" So I read it and thought, "Well, in context -- man, that's pretty racist!"

This quintessentinal Chicago thug was Al Capone. It's not nice to use that term for Obama, and it may be unfair, but it's not racist.

OTOH Limbaugh's accusation that Obama was behind the hacking of Palin's e-mails is utterly without foundation.

As I've posted in previous comments, I am always extremely hesitant to label particular words as “coded racist”, as it usually involves too much motive and mind reading – much like claiming Obama’s use of “lipstick on a pig” was deliberate.

Having said that, I would agree that the word “uppity” has a definite, well known racist connotation, and should never be used about a black candidate, but “community organizer, the street agitator, the Chicago thug” could apply to a person of any race that uses hardball machine politic tactics reminiscent of the well-known “Daley” machine.

I’d also agree that Rush’s language, even in a parody, may have been tasteless, but the way it was falsely used by Obama’s campaign to stoke hispanic racial tensions is extremely sad.

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