At the rate that the left keeps coming up with racial code words, communication is about to become a thing of the past
To help poor, unenlightened conservatives such as myself, in August, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin published “The 2012 Condensed Liberal Handbook of Racial Code Words.” This was compiled from statements made by people like MSNBC commentator Toure’ and included such racially-charged words as “angry,” “Chicago” and “constitution.”
The list keeps growing. Last week, MSNBC host Chris Matthews added “urban” to the database of words to avoid, and on Tuesday, we learned of yet another.
On Nov. 19, 97 House Republicans sent a letter to the president opposing United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice’s nomination as secretary of state.
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., reacted to this letter on CNN’s “Starting Point” with Soledad O’Brien, honing in on the letter’s use of the word “incompetently.”
“You know, these are code words. We heard them during the campaign — during this recent campaign, we heard Sen. Sununu calling our president lazy, incompetent, these kinds of terms that those of us, especially those of us who were grown and raised in the South, we would hear these little words and phrases all of our lives, and we’d get insulted by them.”
Forget the fact that Clyburn is confusing John H. Sununu, the former governor and White House chief of staff, with John E. Sununu, the senator. Has it finally reached the point where we can no longer call someone incompetent? If that’s our opinion and we can back it up, what’s the problem? These words aren’t used to hurt feelings, but to inform.
On the other hand, former Vogue magazine American editor-at-large Andre’ Leon Talley can get away with saying with absolute impunity things like GOP U.S. Rep. Allen West’s mother must be “ashamed” of his “Coon Minstrely Theatre.”
A month after Malkin came out with her list of racial code words, Toure’ published a piece called “How To Read Political Racial Code.” I submit that we should just stop looking for evil where none was intended and none exists and just talk to one another. Is that asking for too much?
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