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A small amount of gratitude

Returning to the topic of Obama’s brainwashing speech tomorrow, a thought occurred to me: it seems likely that schools with large black populations are more likely to show the speech. In fact, it doesn’t strain credulity to assume that Obama knew that and viewed the nationwide speech as a way to especially home in on that audience as a “good role model,” etc. Yet I have not heard of mainstream conservative figures following this chain of reasoning and arguing that Obama is specifically trying to raise up a new generation of black militants.

I was going to say that perhaps we should be grateful that even in this, the stupidest of all stupid right-wing bullshit hissy-fits, they have not stooped to such a low level — but now it occurs to me that it might be coded into the Hitler references, especially in light of the attacks on Sotomayor’s supposed “racism” against white people.


September 7, 2009 - Posted by | politics


  1. I don’t really think that black schoolgoers are at the forefront of the complainers’ minds.

    Comment by ben | September 7, 2009

  2. In line with the logic of the objections to Sotomayor, in which her opposition to racism was recoded as being the real racism, I wonder if the equation of Obama with Hitler doesn’t also depend on the argument that to be Jewish is to be the real Nazi. This would be a coded reference to the administration’s supposed Jewishness, or, in a further substitution, Obama’s cosmopolitanism, explicitly expressed as “Muslim,” but implicitly understood as “Jew.”

    Comment by voyou | September 8, 2009

  3. What I find interesting is that the “anti-nazism” of the right seems to perform the same ideological function that anti-semitism did for the nazis. It’s not the content that matters but the form, the externalization of an enemy as the fundamental basis for solidarity.

    Comment by josh | September 8, 2009

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