Gary only has one card to play: Scream Racism!
He does it over and over and has forever. Which is what makes this assertion by Younge hilarious: "In the many conversations I have had with the right, I have not once even inferred they might be racist."
No sooner does he insist he's not always screaming "racist" than he screams "racist!"
Nor is racially charged rhetoric a preserve of American conservatives. During the democratic primary campaign, Hillary Clinton's chief strategist, Mark Penn, argued that Obama should be undermined on grounds of race. "His roots to basic American values and culture are at best limited," Penn said. "Let's explicitly own 'American' in our programmes, the speeches and the values. He doesn't."
Gary drew on his experience as a Black man growing up in the Deep South to interpret Penn. What's that? His tired ass is from England? Oh, that's right he's got no shared history and he needs to stop trying to pass (he also needs to take his ass back to England and stop stealing American jobs when the country's in a recession)
But I actually did grow up in the Deep South (Atlanta) and I actually am a Black woman, an American. And I grasp just what Penn's saying and there's nothing racist about it. He's noting that Barack doesn't have shared values and the shared culture of most Americans.
He is correct.
For example, most Americans celebrate Christmas. Not all, but most. Barack, Michelle and the girls went to Hawaii last year at Christmans. And Barack got up when?
Look, I'm a mother of three. You don't sleep till noon on Christmas day unless you don't celebrate Christmas. Now they may have said some sort of evening prayer -- or not, I have no idea -- but they clearly don't take part in Santa Clause.
Which brings us back to how cheap they are that they don't buy the kids birthday gifts. Which did come out during the campaign and is why there's a Michelle religion rumor that the White press (which would include Gary and his outlet) have never picked up on: Michelle's Jehovah Witness!
She's not. As far as I know. She's Church of Christ (that was her church, not Barack's).
But because it's hard for many to admit just how cheap Barack Obama is, in the Black community the rumor has spread that Michelle's secretly Jehovah Witness and that's why they don't celebrate the girls' birthdays the way the bulk of Americans celebrate birthdays.
Barack also thought there were 57 states in the US. He had to issue a correction on that. (If Sarah Palin had made that statement, Saturday Night Live would never have let it go.)
There was the very strange way the grandmother was hidden away -- forgotten until it was time to trot her out in a speech ("typical White person").
There was the repeat cry from the likes of Gary Younge about how smart Barack was (he's obviously not and may in fact be slow, that may be why he hides his grades and why he speaks so poorly and is so dependent upon a tele-prompter). Cries of how much better Barack was than we are. (Sorry, Gary Younge, Barack is not better than my children. And my kids, they're Black. Not mixed, not high yellow, they're Black just like their mommy.)
Over in over in his bad article, Gary Younge repeatedly cries "racism!" while insisting he does no such thing.
Somebody needs to tell him to sit his ass down.
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