Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Racial Code Words

I'm going to have to ask for a list, because racial code words now seem to include everything in the Miriam Webster except for "cold", "tangerine", and "shoe lace":

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., told CNN on Tuesday that some Republican claims that Rice is "incompetent" may be racial in nature.

"These are code words," Clyburn said, adding that "these kinds of terms that those of us — especially those of us who were born and raised in the South -- we've been hearing these little words and phrases all of our lives and we get insulted by them."

I guess it goes without saying that socialist, communist, and Freemason are now racial code words.

But here's the other thing. Is Susan Rice actually a person of color? Really? Because I didn't think so until they brought it up. In the summer months, I'm darker than her.

James Clyburn is just wrong about "incompetent" being an code word in the South. But he probably considers "just wrong" even worse, so I'll shut up now.