Let’s just all be glad it wasn’t a SCOTUS decision about a rap album…

Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Burt Likko says:

    Representative Winkler “did not understand ‘Uncle Tom’ as a racist term,” he tweeted of himself later.


    • Brandon Berg in reply to Burt Likko says:

      I think the terminology is a bit of a distraction. The real issue here is the idea that someone is obliged to subscribe to or promote a particular ideology because of their race. This is racism in the most literal sense of the word.

      And to preempt the “Liberals Are the Real Racists” snark, it’s not the only kind of racism, or even the worst kind. But it is one kind.Report

      • Kazzy in reply to Brandon Berg says:

        Well said.

        The way that certain liberals think they can just tee off on Thomas and other black conservatives is really disturbing. Attack their politics all you want. But don’t assume that a disagreement on politics gives you carte blanche to attack their race.Report

        • DRS in reply to Kazzy says:

          What “certain liberals” are you referring to?Report

          • Kazzy in reply to DRS says:

            The liberals that demonstrate that tendency. I didn’t mean to imply that exists an identifiable subset that I won’t identify. But I do think there are liberals who have no qualms launching racist/racialized attacks on black conservatives because they present a real challenge.

            See the jive-talking Michae Steele muppet, I believe from “The Daily Show”.Report

            • b-psycho in reply to Kazzy says:

              While I understand your general point, I thought that muppet was quite appropriate. When the real person spouts malformed lame hiphop-isms as substitute for, y’know, suggesting the party move towards policies that’d actually appeal to the types he claimed to want to get to vote GOP…

              I saw it as more “old Republican trying laughably hard to sound ‘hip'” than a racial thing.Report

              • Tod Kelly in reply to b-psycho says:

                I also think it matters that Wyatt Cenac, the comedian who did the Michael Steele bit, is African American – in the same way Stewart doesn’t show up as an anti-semite when he makes jokes about Jewish stereotypes.Report

              • Shazbot5 in reply to Tod Kelly says:

                Yeah, that wasn’t a good example of what Kazzy is talking about.

                I seem to remembee thinking the attacks on Herman Cain were racialized, at least in some rare cases, but I can’t remember what, specifically, I was thinking about.Report

              • Kimmi in reply to b-psycho says:

                Steele did try to talk change. Then abruptly had to walk it back.
                He may be a party loyalist, but he at least knew a bit of what he was doing.Report

  2. Mike Schilling says:

    Winkler should just have called Thomas “Hitler”. It’s the respectable way to insult a black man.Report

  3. Brandon Berg says:

    To be fair, if Thomas had known his place, Winkler wouldn’t have had to put him in it.Report