Washing already clean pots and pans in a closed soup kitchen sure has made Paul Ryan an “expert” in what goes on in the “inner city.”
As Ian Haney Lopez wrote at BillMoyers.com:
“Paul Ryan triggered a firestorm of recrimination this week. Speaking recently on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America radio program, the Wisconsin Republican and self-styled budget wonk linked poverty to “this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.”
Setting aside the factual claim — the notion that poverty is especially concentrated in America’s inner cities is an increasingly antiquated one — these comments elicited a quick and forceful rebuke from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), who decried them as “a thinly veiled racial attack.” She explained: “[W]hen Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says, ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black.’”
Ryan has since backpedaled, protesting that race was nowhere in his thoughts: “This has nothing to do whatsoever with race. It never even occurred to me. This has nothing to do with race whatsoever.”
Yeah… right. Lyin’ Ryan says, “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work, so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”
See.. “Lazy inner city men” are the new “Welfare Queens!” – and they’re the ones to blame for the fact that billionaires aren’t trickling on us – NOT deindustrialization, divestment away from education and anti-poverty programs, “free-trade” outsourcing our jobs and factories, the systematic decimation of unions, and centuries of institutionalized racism and discrimination. Pay no attention to that record economic disparity and upward immobility behind the curtain!
Just Listen to the dog-whistle, dumb serfs… because Republicans like Paul Ryan want you to remember that we have a real culture problem’, “inner city culture”… wink wink…and furthermore …… fear …fear… fear… division… fear… deflection… distraction… black people!
“By calling out his use of “code words,” Lee put Ryan in the company of past politicians who have blown the proverbial dog whistle — using surreptitious references to race to garner support from anxious voters. Examples of dog whistling include Barry Goldwater’s endorsement of “states’ rights”; Richard Nixon’s opposition to “forced busing”; Ronald Reagan’s blasts against “welfare queens”; and George H.W. Bush’s infamous Willie Horton ad.
These instances of racial pandering typically have been treated as disconnected eruptions, when in fact the GOP has made a concerted effort to win support through racial appeals. This pattern is so entrenched — and so well known — that two different chairs of the Republican National Committee have acknowledged and apologized for this strategy.” Read the entire post at BillMoyers.com
Frankly, it really seems that conservatives find being a duped serf to transnational corporate aristocrats is better than thinking themselves in solidarity with people of another race.
Republicans can deny what they’re doing…. they can hold seminars on minority outreach…… they can whine and say they were misquoted and complain that everyone is just picking on them…they can trot out the token minority spokesperson, they can get coached on how to talk… but they’re never going stop blowing that racist dog whistle – until it stops working.
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