Nov 29 2012

Aware-Covert Racism…Republican Messaging in 2012

Published by at 2:28 pm under Counseling & Psychotherapy

Aware-Covert Racism = republican messaging in 2012

Racism is very complex and much more than the KKK burning crosses. The type most often heard during the election and most recently in Stuart Steven’s op-ed is called “Aware-Covert Racism.” It’s where the speaker knows they are categorizing someone or an idea according the color of their skin or language they speak (or do not speak) in a derogatory manner.

Here is Mr. Steven’s quote:

“There was a time not so long ago when the problems of the Democratic Party revolved around being too liberal and too dependent on minorities. Obama turned those problems into advantages and rode that strategy to victory. But he was a charismatic African American president with a billion dollars, no primary and media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical. How easy is that to replicate?”I have linked the op-ed for anyone interested to read below. I was shocked by a lot of Steven’s ideas during the campaign, but this op-ed doesn’t surprise me at all. He has proven himself to be an intellectual lightweight all along. His essay is full of contradictions and self-serving congratulations.

If republicans take his core message…minorities do not count for much in the world or in elections, the republicans will continue to move further into obscurity. They will be remembered as the ones who discounted and degraded one of the greatest American presidents in history.

Think of it, how many American presidents were awarded the Nobel Peace prize while in office? Two…Woodrow Wilson for founding the League of Nations, the predecessor to the United Nations and Barack Obama. Jimmy Carter won in 2002.

No other president has won the award. And Stuart Stevens, travel author and professional political campaign consultant has the arrogance to call Obama a “charasmatic African American president” who wasn’t held accountable by the media because they didn’t want to criticize him (because he he was black)?

This is an example of aware-covert racism. No doubt.

Don’t misunderstand…I think it’s also denial too…Stuart writes as if Romney really won the election, so someone should let him know…Obama won the election and not because he’s smart and has policies most Americans believe in, not because he’s black

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