That said, if you interpret the data in standard ways, the tea party responses betrayed no more racial suspicion than those of tea party opponents. Can we talk? As she screeched, cavorted and yelled, this pretty much made its way over Joan’s name-calling head.
Tea party supporters gave lower ratings to all groups. That said, they favored their own demographic group by roughly the same proportion as tea party opponents did. By the way, how would you answer the question they were asked? Would you say that “almost all” blacks (or almost all whites) are intelligent? Trustworthy? Where would you rate those groups on that seven-point scale?
For ourselves, we wouldn’t answer that question. It’s too full of air.
Back to the latest professors. We think they have behaved very badly in this current episode. Based on their column and their TV appearances, we’d make a second, heretical claim—we’d suggest that these professors just may not be all that sharp. We know, we know! They’re from the best schools! Wand we liberals love it when such professors let us shout our favorite claims at the folk in the other tribe. How can something that feels so good possibly be so bad?
Sorry. Our professors are often rather weak-minded. Have we really not noticed this yet?
Hey rubes, we hear the professors saying. Take our society’s saddest song and make it that much worse.
The plutocrats cheer when this piffle gets spewed. Helter skelter, they craftily say. Helter skelter! Divide and conquer!
I agree with Somerby on this. And my parents do. I have written before about how my parents wanted us to think before we made a charge of racism. If we did (and we did) and we were four little Black kids, where do Joan Walsh, Chris Matthews and others -- all White -- get off just making the charge willy-nilly?
It's a really important post and I hope you will read it all in full.
And speaking of important posts, "4 men, 1 woman" went up this morning and Ann really did a great job with it so please make a point to check that out.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):