Friday, August 17, 2012

Toure Learned the Word "Niggerization" From the Nazis! The Prize for Proving Godwin's Law Goes to Which Conservative Website?


In 2008, Jonah Goldberg laid one hell of a stinking egg with his lie of a book Liberal Racism. His argument that "liberals" and "progressives" are actually the descendants of Hitler's fascist authoritarianism still resonates across the Right-wing and their mouth-breathing lumpen troglodyte lumpen foot soldiers to the present. These are also the same folks who believe that the now eviscerated and publicly defrocked David Barton was actually a respectable "historian." As such, the depths of their trained and practiced ignorance does not surprise me.

Toure's simple and obvious claim that Mitt Romney is trying to use white racial animus, and anti-black stereotypes for electoral ends against President Obama, is a prima facie, on the face plain, description of social reality. Because conservatives and the New Right live in a fact free, post-truth universe, Toure's observations about Romney's niggerization of Barack Obama must be opposed at every opportunity--even if it means trying to get Toure fired from MSNBC.

The Right-wing website The Gateway Pundit went nuclear yesterday, as it dropped the Nazi-bomb on Toure when one of its contributors suggested that the former's use of the phrase niggerization has "Hitleresque" origins, and is one more example of the wicked authoritarian fascist tendencies of the always vaguely and nebulously defined "Left" in America. Breitbart doubled down on this silly talk in the following passage:
When TourĂ© took to the airwaves of MSNBC earlier this evening to announce that Mitt Romney was engaging in the “niggerization” of Barack Obama, he was using an old Nazi term. “Niggerization,” as it turns out, is a notorious Nazi word referring to the supposed degeneration of art and music. The term in German is “Verniggerung.” It was closely associated with the notion of Jews degrading culture – “Verjudung,” or “Jewification.”
The Gateway Pundit's claims are ahistorical, inaccurate, and desperate efforts at false equivalence, which are not surprisingly, also problematic on factual grounds. In all, that site's suggestion that Toure's phrase "niggerization," what is a basic and elementary claim that the white gaze (and the white racial racial frame) is deeply invested in linking together black personhood with anti-black stereotypes in the service of white supremacy, is at all similar to some Nazi-like rhetoric is both specious and foolish.

The Gateway Pundit's lie of an article is a perfect example of the perils and comedy that come to pass when stupid people try to sound smart. Any suggestion that the phrase niggerization as used by Toure has any substantive relationship at all to the Nazis is bad comedy in its finest, and simultaneously, most grotesque sense.

The editors of the Gateway Pundit should be ashamed. Of course, we all know that Jim Hoft, author of said propaganda, will not be, for in the alternate reality created by conservatives and the New Right, Hitler was a "liberal" and the Tea Party GOP is the party of "civil rights." As Hitler famously suggested, if you are going to lie, you might as well lie big. Mitt Romney and his agents have learned, and indeed practice, that lesson quite well. Shame on them.

10 comments:

Abstentus said...
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Abstentus said...

Watching the Dunning-Kruger Effect in action. It will make you laugh. Then cry. Then hurl.

And few things are as likely to put Dunning-Kruger in play, as GOPers dealing with race issues. Or, the way I have been describing it this past week:

The GOP and race issues. It's like watching clumsy children play with nitroglycerin.

Thrasher said...

While the chatter class and media pundits whipped themselves up into a frenzy over niggernization ( it may last until the Sunday morning tv shows) Black folks in the trenches will continue to confront life with all of its ups and downs ....

nomad said...

"The Gateway Pundit's claims are ahistorical, inaccurate, and desperate efforts at false equivalence,"

Well, the G-Pundit's claims about what the term "niggerization" means may be false, but the claim of the Nazi use of a similar word is valid. Quite historical. The Nazi's objected to modern art. Cubism in particular. Cubism the prominent modern art movement at the time, as you may know, bases its form upon traditional African art. The Nazi's hated that. Though this is the first I've heard of the term Verniggerung it certainly fits with Nazi attitudes towards modern art circa WW II. Niggerization seems an accurate translation of the word.

Thrasher said...

Nomad,

I think that is a reach to be candid with you clearly if the Nazi's had negative attitudes towards modern art circa WWII I don't imagine they viewed anything Black as modern probably just the opposite...

Why are you giving air to this interference?

nomad said...

that was what they objected to. that modern artists had africanized art. a trend known as primitivism. to them it was a corruption of art and a regression. they had exhibits of degenerate art to prove the point. its history. art history to be exact.'Degenerate art is the English translation of the German entartete Kunst, a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe virtually all modern art.'

nomad said...

The African origins of modern art was widely known at the time, thanks to Alain Locke and the Harlem Ren.

nomad said...

Heck, thanks to Picasso and a bunch of other white artists.

Thrasher said...

Nomad

Sorry but your talking points are not convincing stop trying so hard

nomad said...

Convincing? Why would I want to convince?