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Racial Code Words

Satirist Andy Borowitz hits the nail on the head. Even Cliven Bundy’s staunchest supporter, Sean Hannity, has been forced to distance himself from Bundy’s remarks about black people picking cotton and speculating that they were better off as slaves.

Republicans Blast Nevada Rancher for Failing to Use Commonly Accepted Racial Code Words

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) — Republican politicians blasted the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy on Thursday for making flagrantly racist remarks instead of employing the subtler racial code words the G.O.P. has been using for decades.

“We Republicans have worked long and hard to develop insidious racial code words like ‘entitlement society’ and ‘personal responsibility,’ ” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). “There is no excuse for offensive racist comments like the ones Cliven Bundy made when there are so many subtler ways of making the exact same point.”

Fox News also blasted the rancher, saying in a statement, “Cliven Bundy’s outrageous racist remarks undermine decades of progress in our effort to come up with cleverer ways of saying the same thing.”

Kevin Siers
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  1. Dave TN wrote:

    speaking of code words, you forgot to mention the “satire” caption. Although the fact that it’s written by Andy Borowitz it is a given.
    It is getting harder and harder to determine what is satire and what is serious with the extreme right these days, with republiecans it truly is a mad mad world.

    Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:02 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    Did you see the very first word in the post?

    Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:29 am | Permalink
  3. Don wrote:

    Bundy has proven himself to be a shallow thinker who subscribes to right wing racist dogma. Sad thing is, Bundy’s comments on race are, in my mind, a rather minor piece of what has/is going on in Nevada.

    This was an armed stand-off between those entrusted to enforce Federal law and a militia of armed citizens – folks that I’m thinking were willing to use the weapons they brought to the scene. That the Feds are correct in attempting to remove trespassing cattle from BLM range set aside for other purposes doesn’t change the belief by many if not most of those in the militia group that they won and that armed “resistance” to the heavy hand of the Federal (or state or county) government is the proper way to protect “rights” they believe they have.

    To me, a retired Federal resource manager, this is alarming whether the guy is a racist or not.

    Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Permalink
  4. Westomoon wrote:

    What strange times these are. It is perfectly okay to call for, and now even to perform, armed insurrection against the US government. But we still draw the line at gross & overt racism. Go figure.

    My best guess is that the far right has learned that there are financial consequences to wild racism, thanks to Color of Change and the effective boycotts they’ve coordinated.

    As to armed insurrection — as long as you’re white and a self=professed “Christian” or “patriot”, there are apparently no consequences. Even when you’ve got a gang.

    Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
  5. ThatGuy wrote:

    Unfortunately as soon as those militiamen showed up the BLM was going to back down. The people who join these militias see Waco and similar events as rallying cries against the tyranny of centralized government. You can see the clowns being proud that they’ve come up with the idea of making their women human shields. BLM did the right thing here. It is hard watching those in the right back down from those in the wrong, but this face off was not where you create martyrs for idiots. The more spotlight this Bundy moron gets, the sillier the people he surrounded himself will look. At least I hope so.

    Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink
  6. Zyvlyn wrote:

    @westomoon They don’t have “gangs”, only black and brown people are in “gangs”. They have a posse.

    Man I hope Bundy loses everything he has soon. This whole thing is making me sick.

    Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 8:11 am | Permalink
  7. westomoon wrote:

    If I worked at BLM, I’d be looking into drones and cattle diseases. No Bundy cows = no Bundy cause celebre.

    Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Permalink