I do not know what the equivalent of Godwin's law is for the use of analogies and arguments that allude to the Ku Klux Klan. If such a law exists, I think it should be suspended in the case of Mike Peter's great editorial cartoon about Paul Ryan's racist suggestion that the "inner city" blacks are lazy, and by implication, may have low IQ's.
Paul Ryan is doing his obligatory apology tour for his intentional channeling of symbolic racism and the Republican Party's Southern Strategy last week.
Ryan will kiss the ring of the Congressional Black Caucus as he shares stories about his "secret" infiltration of the negro community and efforts to learn the mysteries of its particular and unique brand of poverty and bad culture.
It would appear that Paul Ryan is a neoliberal Ayn Rand loving version of the NAACP's legendary leader Walter Francis White.
With aplomb timing, Paul Ryan's best black friend Ron Christie fulfilled his paid for buck-dancing political black face human chaff role as he told the Daily Beast that:
Let’s get right to it, shall we? Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is not racist nor did he blow a “dog whistle” to launch a thinly veiled racist attack against black people. I offer this from the perspective of someone who has known Paul for more than 20 years: there is not a racist bone in his body.What is next? Will Paul Ryan ask his college sweetheart--who happens to be a black woman--for a character reference? Remember, just because you are white and enjoy putting your penis inside of a black woman does not by implication mean that one is not a white supremacist.
[As an aside, I wonder if Paul Ryan and Ron Christie were invited to be featured guests at today's "White Man March" in New York? Christie could have the loyal slave to Ryan's kind and beneficent slave master.]
My essay on Paul Ryan's hypocritical racism and its relationship to whiteness and Irish-American identity has been making its rounds. The piece should pass 10,000 Facebook shares by early next week. Most importantly, the New York Times's Timothy Egan and Salon's Andrew O'Herir have posted some great essays that touch on similar issues.
As I tell folks, we are doing some good things here on We Are Respectable Negroes. It is always a joy and pleasure when the narratives and arguments that are developed on this site are mirrored--and sometimes intentionally borrowed from--by the larger news media.
Ryan's racist hypocrisy, and its intersection with Whiteness, was out in the ether, hanging there, ready to be commented upon by anyone with more than a casual knowledge of race and American social history.
I am glad that, at least to my knowledge, I was one of the first folks to post something cohesive on the topic. There is nothing wrong with a little self-congratulation from time to time. The question becomes, how do we translate that momentum into something more tangible and an even bigger platform for the great conversations which occur here on We Are Respectable Negroes. Thoughts?