The Elephant in the Room

From the Urban Dictionary:

elephant in the room: 

n. A very large issue that everyone is acutely aware of, but nobody wants to talk about. Perhaps a sore spot, perhaps politically incorrect, or perhaps a political hot potato, it’s something that no one wants to touch with a ten-foot pole.

Fair warning, reader: I plan to offend you with this post.

I plan to offend you a lot, because, frankly, I’m sick to death of giving Republicans a pass. I’m tired of the gentle treatment they’re getting from the cowards in the media, who, with a very few stalwart exceptions, refuse to call the Republican talking points what they truly are: racist hate speech.

Well, I’m not going to give them a pass.

I’m not going to tippy-toe around the word or do a little tap-dance in order to avoid confrontation. Nope. I’m calling them out, right here and right now. Yes, of course, I’m referring to the Republican Party with their elephant symbol, but the real elephant in the room is the underlying racism that has lately been blatantly on display during the campaign for the Republican nomination. I think the thing that pushed me over the edge is all the ugly crap spewing from the pieholes of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich – and to a lesser degree, the hapless and embarrassing Mitt Romney, who seems to have no clue what he’s swimming in these days, and who he’s palling around with.

I’m going to use the ugliest word in the English language:  nigger. That is the elephant in the room I’m talking about. Are you ready?

Every time a Republican calls President Obama a socialist, a Marxist, a fascist or a communist, what they’re really saying is that the President is a nigger. Every time an evangelical Christian like Tony Perkins, Pat Robertson or Ted Haggard says that the President is a secret Muslim, what he’s really telling you is that the President is a nigger. Every time a crazy birther like Orly Taitz or Joe Arpaio claims that President Obama’s birth certificate is fake, they’re really saying that Barack Obama cannnot legitimately be the President if the United States because he is a nigger.

Are you offended yet? If not, you should be.

I’m sick of this shit. Racism has been on the rise in this country since before President Obama took office in 2008. The Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups have documented the astounding growth in the number of hate groups in this country over the past four years. Right wingers have become ever more open in their hatred for the president; from the unbelievably arrogant and inappropriate rudeness of Rep. Joe Wilson, who interrupted the President’s healthcare speech by shouting, “You lie!” to the disrespect shown to President Obama by Republican members of the House and Senate who declined to accept presidential invitations to the White House to the vile and disgusting racist email forwarded by G.W. Bush appointee Federal Judge Richard Cebull of Montana (a chief judge, mind you, who should know better!!), which implied that the president’s mother mated with a dog.

I could go on, but I might throw up if I do.

There are endless examples of this stupid racist crap, from the emails with the fried chicken and watermelons on the White House lawn to the “portraits of the presidents” email with the final black square showing only a pair of white eyes to the “Obama Family Portrait” to the “NI66ER” emblem photoshopped onto the tail of Air Force One.

I’ve had enough. From now on, if you or any other teabag asshole decides that you’re going to tell me some stupid crap about the President being a <fill in the blank>, I’m going to look you straight in the eye and say, “Aren’t you really saying that our President a nigger?”

You’ve been warned.

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21 responses to this post.

  1. [Standing Ovation]

    BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO!

    Of course it’s code for calling him the n-word. And it’s so blatently transparent.

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  2. Posted by Britt on March 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Please do. I’ve found the only way to deal with douchebaggery is to confront them with what they’re really saying. My intelligence constantly was doubted throughout college (in a technical major) to which I’d respond to any disparaging remarks with, “Do you think I’m stupid, or are you just saying that because I’m a woman?” Typically they’d try to cover their sexist remarks with, “I was kidding!” or “That wasn’t my intent!” That doesn’t matter. What does is perhaps they didn’t make those comments to another woman for fear of having their discrimination made known. Kudos for all you do!

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  3. Posted by bethkoz on March 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    One thing to fix (in your piece): Joe Wilson’s outburst came during the first Obama State of the Union address, with all of the government assembled: Senate, House and SCOTUS, which made it ‘worser.’

    One thing to add: The dog whistle alerts. As a Southerner by birth, I hear the unspoken: When Sarah Palin said in one of her stump speeches during the 2008 campaign: “I don’t think Barack Obama sees American the same way you and I do. . .” the rest of the sentence is ” . . .because he’s a nigger.”

    The one thing that gave me hope in 2008 was that the voting public is getting younger, and the newer generations do not feel the same way as hating people of my generation do, because the younger ones have grown up with integrated schools and have friends of color and are friends of color and have married friends of color, and they don’t feel the hatred in the same way as my generation does.

    Thank goodness for that!

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    • Posted by leftsideannie on March 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Beth – I thought so too, but when I looked it up, the article said it was during the President’s speech on healthcare. I’ll go check and confirm.

      I did check – the linked article is from CNN, and refers to the President’s speech to Congress on healthcare.

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  4. Posted by John Adams on March 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Yes, fundamentally, you are correct. This is about hate (and generational age). Offensive language aside, it’s mostly that the (old) Republicans -hate- that the the fact that he isn’t their ‘nigger’. It’s that they -hate- that the (young) Dems got ‘their nigger’ into the White House first (mostly because Colin Powell wisely told the RNC to go pound sand.) But it’s also because the Republicans (generally) believe Democrats aren’t a) collectively smart enough to see through their euphemisms, and so, can just slip something by for the media to chew on; and/or b) are hoping that Dems will let themselves be baited into hyper-reacting over the subtext, and give them a news cycle to point out how oversensitive Obama supporters are, and how they try to shame the opposition into submission by using race (first).

    Sorry – I think it will be a ‘lose-lose’ if you play that game.

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    • Posted by leftsideannie on March 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Well, I don’t agree with you. The sole reason they’ve gotten away with this heinous behavior for so long is that NOBODY CALLS THEM OUT ON IT. Hell, the media refuses to use the word “lie” – even when something some wingnut says is blatantly, provably false.

      No more passes. You’re welcome to your opinion, but we’re losing already, so it’s time for the game to change.

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  5. Posted by Peter B. Kingman on March 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

    So if we awful Whiteys disagree with anything that Obama does we are calling him a “nigger”? Is that right? So we cannot disagree with anything he does because if we do that will be racist? Really?

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    • Posted by leftsideannie on March 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

      You know what? That’s a fucking stupid question. Did I ever say anywhere that nobody was allowed to disagree with the president…? NO, I didn’t. I offered example after example of wingnuts (like you, presumably) calling the president names – that have absolutely NOTHING to do with any sort of substantive disagreement with his policies. Fascist? Ridiculous. Communist? Absurd. Socialist? Not even close. Born in Kenya? Come on. John McCain was born in Panama – and nobody demanded to see HIS birth certificate.

      I disagree with President Obama on a number of substantive issues – but that doesn’t mean I’m going to forward a picture of him dressed as a witch doctor. That would be racist.

      Funny, isn’t it, Peter, that it’s racists (again, like you, presumably) who can’t tell the difference between disagreement and unreasoning hatred because of the color of the President’s skin…?

      So Peter, you’ve asked a truly stupid question, which I have summarily demolished. Now stop posting idiotic crap on my blog.

      Have a nice day.

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    • Looks like Annie already disposed of that fuckwitted strawman. Nice work, girl.

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  6. “war criminal.”

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    • Posted by leftsideannie on March 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Matt – you’re full of it. And your remarks are completely nonsensical and truly ridiculous. This is my blog, and I’m banning you permanently.

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  7. Posted by leftsideannie on March 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    No, because it’s true. Bush was a fascist and a terrorist. Next?

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  8. Calling Bush a war criminal is not a racist remark. It’s just stating the fact that he violated certain international laws in his war on Iraq.

    You’ll really have to try harder than that.

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  9. Well one of Matt’s comments (I saw it in my e-mail before you pulled the plug on him) seemed like he was making some progress. He wouldn’t yet admit that calling Obama things that he is not wasn’t necessarily racist, but he did say it was dumb to do so.

    I agree. Righties are dumb to call Obama things that he isn’t, whatever their motives. Sadly, too often, those motives are to thinly hide their racist hate for Obama.

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  10. Posted by cryptoclearance on March 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    the “matt” character seems quite similar to the poster with several alias’ on the M&H blog. they never really go away.

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