Ta-Nehisi Coates, writing this month in The Atlantic, contends the pervasive fear of President Barack Obama is deeply rooted our nation’s history of entrenched white supremacism. He’s not talking whacko KKK white supremacism, although that’s part of it. Instead, he’s talking about the more subtle kind — dominance by one group over all others in a nation that promises equality to all.
These days, I’m hearing a lot of liberals say race (fear that the brown will take resources and power from the white) is at the heart of the Romney campaign, or at least takes up a good chunk of it. Read Thomas Edsall’s piece in the New York Times.
Michael Tomasky highlighted the Edsall piece today in his piece The Daily Beast:
“Tom Edsall said it without quite saying it this morning in the Times, that this Romney-Ryan campaign is becoming among the most racist we’ve ever seen. The two key lies so far are totally about race–that Obama is soft on welfare recipients, and that he’s “robbing” $716 billion from Medicare (77 percent of recipients are white) to “pay for Obamacare” (that is, to extend health care to black and brown people who don’t deserve it, havent earned it, etc.).”
And check out this video, in which Chris Matthews confronts GOP chairman Reince Priebus on racism in the Romney campaign.
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Bio: Journalist Terry Greene Sterling has lived in Arizona most of her life, and has reported on the political brawls and human tragedies that have long made Arizona the focus of national news. She was raised on an Arizona cattle ranch, and learned to speak Spanish at the same time she learned English. The author of Illegal, Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone, Sterling has been honored with more than 50 national and regional journalism awards. She was named Virg Hill Journalist of the Year, Arizona’s highest journalism honor, three times. She was a staff writer for Phoenix New Times for 14 years before branching out on her own. She is a contributor for The Daily Beast, and Writer-in-Residence at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek.com, Salon.com, Rollingstone.com, The Nieman Narrative Digest, Phoenix Magazine, The Arizona Republic, Arizona Highways, High Country News, and Preservation Magazine. She tweets @tgsterling and blogs about immigration in Arizona at terrygreenesterling.com.