Thursday, April 28, 2011

Birther Is Code For Racist

The sideshow carnival act of the Conservative Republican/Tea Party/Reality TV Star Candidates which have been clamoring for that non-white fellow in the White House to pony up proof he's American has been deeply disgusting and got served up a smackdown yesterday by President Obama. For some elected officials, of course, the issue is far from over, because it is not about law, it is about racism.

For Donald Trump and all the networks devoting time and newsprint devoted to this idiocy, they have been after ratings in one of the worst ways, by playing up racial fears.

Goldie Taylor at The said it very well:

When they tell you this isn't racial, don't believe them. This controversy was constructed solely as a way to de-legitimize the presidency of a black man. Those who question the location of Barack Obama's birth are the very same people who would pack up and move out of the neighborhood if someone like me moved in next door.

When they say they want to take their country back, they mean from us.

According to a recent Public Policy Polling survey, a stunning 51 percent of Republicans believe the president wasn't born in the United States. In Mississippi, nearly half of all Republicans believe interracial marriage should be illegal. If they had their way, not only would Obama not be president, he never would have been born.That's how far we have not come.

Some 112 years after my grandfather was snatched from a street corner in the central west end section of St. Louis, it seems we still need to prove our right to be here.

I thought we were better than this."

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