In his contrast of the perceptions of every controversy that's swirled around Barack Obama versus those around Sarah Palin, writer Tim Wise presents a compelling examination of racial double standards. Or better still, racial double think.
White privilege is when you can call yourself a "fuckin’ redneck," like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll "kick their fuckin' ass," and talk about how you like to "shoot shit" for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.Still not convinced that race matters (most?) in this presidential election? Well, perhaps you're hungry for more evidence. Get a taste of the Obama Waffles that are selling like hot cakes. The makers of this offensive play on the old Aunt Jemima pancakes has the audacity to boast this: "Our first product–Obama Waffles–is proudly made in the U.S.A."
White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement. Whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action...
I sure wish they didn't claim bragging rights for having manufactured this in the U.S. For more insight into this ill-conceived product and the Republican "family values" groups that helped promote it, check this AP story.
To be fair and balanced, Fox-ish radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has published his sly views of how the Obama campaign itself is guilty of stoking the flames of racism.
In an opinion piece Limbaugh recent wrote for the Wall Street Journal, Limbaugh lambasts Obama for a "racist" ad targeting Hispanic voters. The Obama includes a sound bite from Rush Limbaugh's own mouth.
Here's the relevant part of the Spanish-language television commercial Mr. Obama is running in Hispanic communities: "They want us to forget the insults we've put up with . . . the intolerance. . . they made us feel marginalized in this country we love so much."
Then the commercial flashes two quotes from me (saying): ". . . stupid and unskilled Mexicans" and "You shut your mouth or you get out!"
Mr. Limbaugh doesn't deny making this inflammatory statement. He just takes issue with his quote allegedly being taken out of context. Of course, when Limbaugh's piece explains exactly what he said on-air about "stupid and unskilled Mexicans," it was far worse than the ad Obama conveyed.
I ask you, who's "waffling" now?