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Sally Kohn thinks Huckabee's 'Uncle Sugar' was racist (update)

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Update: Sally Kohn disputes TheBlaze Blog's interpretation of her column. More below.

Interesting theory on Mike Huckabee's recent comments about Democrats and women's policy issues, brought to us by contributor to CNN and The Daily Beast Sally Kohn (emphasis added):

Perhaps it’s time for Republican men to stop talking about women’s bodies and choices.  It just doesn’t end well. ...

Never mind the obviously offensive dog-whistle-esque racialized characterization of our federal government, currently headed by a black President, as “Uncle Sugar.” And for the sake of argument, never mind the oversimplification of the “War on Women,” which in reality is as much about Republicans attacking reproductive justice as attacking paid family leave and refusing to raise the minimum wage and downplaying rape and plenty more.


Here's what Huckabee said in full last week, as included in Kohn's column: "Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing or them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government."

Kohn told us in a tweet that "racist" was an unfair characterization of her words.

"I indeed said racialized," she said. "I did not say racist. words matter. I chose word I did for a reason. Your headline is inaccurate."

She added that "racialized" and "racist" are not the same."

We, however, maintain that "racist" is a fair summation of her phrasing ("offensive dog-whistle-esque, racialized...").


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