Monday, August 30, 2010

GuardianUK: "The backlash against Obama's blackness"

UPDATE: Krugman says "It’s Witch-Hunt Season" (again).

Hundreds of opponents of the proposed Islamic centre near the World Trade Centre site rallied in lower Manhattan last weekend. Photograph: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/Rex Features.

Dan Kennedy (GuardianUK):

From Arizona to Ground Zero via birthers, the Republicans are riding a wave of white resentment. It's reckless and frightening---Update: Glenn Beck criticised this commentary on his Fox News programme on Wednesday evening. I have posted the relevant excerpt and a brief response here. The August madness into which America has descended is about several things. It's about the still-sputtering economy, of course, and the fear it engenders. It's about xenophobia, never far below the surface. And it's about a rightwing media-political complex that plays on the public's ignorance.But there's a unifying theme that few wish to acknowledge. What we are witnessing at the moment is the full, ugly furore of white backlash, aimed directly and indirectly at our first black president. MORE...

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