Crystal Wright is an occasional contributor to The RootDC and is the editor of the political site Conservative Black Chick.
First, Vice President Biden tells blacks Mitt Romney’s “going to put y’all back in chains.” Then MSNBC host and presidential supporter Toure charges Romney with engaging in the “niggerization” of President Obama.
The last several days have not been good for the integrity of the Obama campaign and the president’s supporters. Instead, it was race-baiting at its worst, a pattern that isn’t limited to this past week.
Toure’s 12-second apology notwithstanding, Obama supporters — along with the vice president — are injecting this “third rail” into the campaign because they’re scared African Americans won’t come out in the historic numbers they did four years ago. In 2008 Obama won 95 percent of the black vote. An Associated Press poll in July found that 82 percent of blacks would vote for Obama, although some polls have found higher support. Meanwhile, the number of black and Hispanic registered voters has fallen sharply since 2008, according to a Washington Post report. This shouldn’t be a surprise: Last summer black unemployment skyrocketed to 16 percent, almost double the national average and the highest since 1984.
And Obama’s support of gay marriage this year may affect the support of key black voters who still regard the issue with suspicion. Important swaths of his loyal constituency feel disregarded, taken for granted and ignored.
But last week’s race-baiting behavior, surely a way of trying to whip up the same sentiment that propelled him to the White House four years ago, goes beyond the pale. Toure must think that by “demonizing” Romney as a racist boogey man, he will help drive blacks back into the loving (neglectful) arms of Obama.
Let’s be clear: The “n-word” or any derivative thereof is the basest, most racially charged word to call a black person or casually throw around. But being black doesn’t give a person special permission to use it. Perhaps Toure has never been called the word; otherwise, he would not have uttered it with such ease on national television or have had the audacity to accuse Mitt Romney of engaging in “racial coding,” which is code for racist politics.
In case you missed it, Toure, a former music journalist turned political pundit, said: “This is part of the playbook against Obama. . . . This is niggerization. You are not one of us. You are like the scary black man we are trained to fear.”
“This is typical GOP politics,” Toure added, the “all-white party that rejects the black vote.”
No, Toure, the GOP isn’t the all-white party and white people aren’t scared of Obama. Whites, blacks and other Americans are sick and tired of being sick and tired of Obama’s misguided policies.
Indeed, if Biden had included the “n-word” in his me (white) versus “you blacks” statement, Toure may have expressed mild outrage at the remarks. But since Biden serves our black president, Toure doesn’t consider Biden’s comments the “niggerization” of blacks. Now that it’s become clear Obama can’t run on a record of economic success, Democrats like Toure will resort to the only thing they have left in their arsenal: the race card.
But at least Romney is fighting back against Obama’s dirty campaign of lies and distortion.
In response to Biden, Romney said: Obama’s “campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the presidency. This is what an angry and desperate presidency looks like. Mr. President, take your campaign of division, anger and hate back to Chicago.”
Another example of Obama stoking the racial politics of “otherization” was by his Truth Team surrogate Virginia state Sen. Louise Lucas, who accused Romney of speaking to folks “who don’t like a black man in the White House.” Race-baiting talk is constantly flowing from Obama and his “Truth Team,” not Romney.
If MSNBC has any shred of decency, the network will fire Toure. The apology isn’t enough. Not only did he completely misrepresent Romney’s comments, but he also offended blacks like me, who have been called the n-word and find it humiliating and disgusting. We know that if Toure was white, the termination would have happened before the commercial break.
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