Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Right Wing Ideologues Fan Racial Fears About Obama

The "birther" phenomenon, based on a debunked conspiracy theory that Obama is not a United States citizen, has an ugly undertone of the President as an alien, an interloper. Right wing ideologues are making the racial context of this suggestion explicit. 

While Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity and G. Gordon Liddy spread absurd "birther" rumors, Rush Limbaugh describes Obama as "an angry black guy," a "militant" and a "community organizer" who is "fanning the flames of race." To Glenn Beck, Obama is motivated by "reparations," "has a deep-seated hatred for white people" and is "a racist." This bizarre language is used to describe a President who built a multi-ethnic coalition and sparked discussions about a "post-racial" candidacy. Watch:

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