The ability of liberals to sniff out "racism" never ceases to amaze me. The latest "dog whistle" for so-called conservative racists these days is the Obamaphone lady.
Now, you might know her as the enthusiastic Obama supporter whose sense of entitlement knows no bounds short of a free phone from the federal government. But according to the Daily Kos, conservatives only see her as a "black woman" who "embodies all that is wrong with America, and a black president who is enabling a parasitic class of black and brown folks who live only to mooch off of 'hard working' white people."
Wow. That's quite the (racist) assumption for a liberal to make about what a supposedly racist conservative is thinking. The sickening article continues:
For that public, and within the Right-wing Tea Party GOP conservative imagination more broadly, this woman is an alien Other, she is the undeserving poor, and an ideal-typical example of how blacks are anti-citizens who subvert American democracy. If America is supposedly a meritocracy where hard work is rewarded, the Obama Phone woman is the antithesis of these values.
That she is black, female, and poor represents a combination of attributes which are uniquely despised by white conservatives because of their addiction to symbolic racism, and a deep investment in the white racial frame. In the United States, poor black woman are counted as a group of people towards which public despise, shaming, and disgust is not just approved; rather, such disdain in the public sphere is encouraged as both a mark of middle class belonging and moral uprightness.
Ok, you caught me, DKos. I do view Obamaphone lady as "undeserving," but not because she's female or black or poor. I'd view anyone as "undeserving" of a cell phone if they did not earn such a luxury. If believing cell phones are not a product of birth rights makes me a racist, then I guess I'm a racist. But I'd venture to think most Americans think this way.
Moving on, however, this blogger writes that being black, female and poor are attributes "uniquely despised" by whites -- and yet I'm the racist? My opinion that this woman doesn't deserve a "free" phone literally has zero to do with her race, sex or income level. Yet in slapping down conservatives for parading Obamaphone lady around as an example of Obama-style government dependency, the blogger insists that she is less of a threat to our country than "angry white men with guns":
Why has Obama Phone Lady spawned a meme? Why has the Angry White Man with a Gun been greeted with silence? How is a poor black woman with a cell phone looked upon as an existential threat, while an angry white man (and the many others like him) with a gun who believes that the country's first black President is an illegitimate usurper is usually met with only a shrug, or mild curiosity, by many in the mass public?
::sniff, sniff:: RACISM!
Perhaps "Angry White Man with a Gun" has been greeted with silence because he is the embodiment of the constitutionally protected right to bear arms. Meanwhile, Obamaphone lady has spawned an absurd meme because she is demanding a constitutional right to an entitlement that does not exist.
I am so sick and tired of liberal ideologues assuming that because I'm conservative that I must be a birther, a racist, a hick, you name it. I don't see Obamaphone lady or Barack Obama as a threat to my race; I see his policies as a threat to my country. Period.