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The GOP’s ‘slavery’ insult

Why do Republicans keep on “comparing blacks who support the Democratic candidates to slaves?”

Charles M. Blow

The New York Times

Why do Republicans keep on “comparing blacks who support the Democratic candidates to slaves?” asked Charles M. Blow. In the GOP’s “Democratic plantation” trope, blacks vote for Democrats only because Democrats take money from white people and give it to black people in the form of goodies like welfare and food stamps. It’s “the highest level of insult,” implying that unlike other voters, African-Americans are too stupid and lazy to make informed decisions about politics. To serve as safe mouthpieces for this slur, Republicans keep looking for black conservatives with a bomb-throwing rhetorical bent. The most recent example is E.W. Jackson, an extremist nut whom the GOP nominated to run for lieutenant governor of Virginia. Jackson has attacked gays as “very sick,” said liberalism has been “far more lethal to black lives” than the Ku Klux Klan, and dredged up the Democratic plantation analogy, saying, “We’re going to the slave market voluntarily today.” When Republicans nominate black candidates of this type, who is their intended audience? It’s certainly not the 95 percent of black voters they think of as shiftless slaves.

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