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This conversation over at Good Men Project has me a little jazzed up. My main contention about the absurdity of the accusations that Romney is dog-whistling by calling Obama “angry” is that each of these candidates will pull out the stops to get elected. They’ll say anything to get elected. Calling one or the other racist is a racist statement in and of itself. Calling the other angry is an aggressive statement in and of itself. These are all just circular arguments that can only occur within the realm of politics. My entire anti-liberal stance is mostly my belief that it is liberals who believe (currently) in their candidates more than conservatives believe in their candidates. And it is this lack of cynicism among liberals that I find idiotic.
Weigh in over there or over here. It’s whatever.
But to answer the OP – no, Toure Neblett shouldn’t have to apologize for saying that Mitt Romney is engaging in the “niggerization” of Barack Obama. But if he wants respectable people to buy his argument it is in his best interest to further elucidate his point rather than just throw out such a highly debatable charge. Is Romney niggerizing (btw, all of the media outlets who throw asterisks in place of the letters that Toure clearly uttered on air must also be afraid of their own shadow)? Ta-Nehisi Coates has a column up today at the New York Time reminding us that in 2008 the knock on Obama from conservatives was that he was too weak to lead. Coates cites a Dick Morris column titled “Obama’s Weakness is Weakness.” Even though conservatives were all supposedly racist then, calling him “angry” four years later is also evidence that conservatives are racist. How does this specific argument work? I guess Coates answers when he writes, of Obama and the reaction he’s fostered among conservatives: “Now he has earned their fear.”
So, if Coates is right, Romney and conservatives aren’t particularly racist in speaking in terms of combatitiveness, aggresion, and anger. Obama’s strategy is to invoke fear in his political opponents.
Back to Toure, claiming that niggerization occurs when one person calls another person angry ignores the fact that many, many white people have made that claim about other white people. And what Toure et al are essentially doing is claiming that only blacks can be perceived as angry. Whites can be angry too, and plenty of liberals have leveled that claim against white Tea Partiers. Anger is not owned by any one race.