In our last thrilling installment, we uncovered the shocking, arousing truth behind backpedaling racist apologists. Turns out they aren’t arguing in good faith, and don’t actually have a problem with racism! If that’s not shocking enough, then hold on to your hats– in today’s episode, we find a walking demonstration of this principle in action!
The backstory: South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is deemed by certain other Republicans as being too OMG MOOSLOOM to be a true Republican, or a true American for that matter. Case in point, Senator Jake Knotts sez:
“We’ve already got a raghead in the White House, we don’t need another raghead in the governor’s mansion.”
Shhh. Don’t tell him that she’s actually of Sikh descent, which is verily not Muslim, and besides she herself is Christian anyway. His doctor has apparently forbidden him from acknowledging other categories of brown people other than “illegal” and “Taliban”, lest he have an aneurysm. How sad, to be held in bondage by the mind made fragile flesh!
Which brings us back to the Other McCain. Take notes, as this is the behavior I alluded to yesterday.
First, comes the disclaimer that yes, Knotts calling Haley a raghead was a bad thing. HOWEVER! And here come the caveats.
Certainly, I’m the last person on the planet to be screaming “raaaaacist” at other people, but it’s shocking enough that a Republican would use such language to describe President Obama.
Caveat 1: People who point out racism are oversensitive wieners.
It’s unfathomably ignorant. Sikhs are not Muslim and they’re not Hindu.
Caveat 2: It’s only wrong if the technical aspects are wrong. If she were of, say, Pakistani descent, go nuts!
Now let’s move on to the meat and potatoes of plain ol’ apologism.
One of the first controversies I ever became involved in as a blogger was when Ann Coulter used “raghead” in her 2006 CPAC speech. At a time when even Ace of Spades (!) signed a petition condemning her, I defended Coulter because (a) I love Coulter, and (b) the person to whom she applied that term was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for whom no slur is sufficiently derogatory.
It’s OK to tar all people of that race if you don’t like a certain individual! That’s not being racist! Oh wait, judging and tarring the entire race based on individuals– that may be tangentially related to racism. It may be the freakin’ definition. I’ll have to get out my dictionary.
We would like to thank the Other McCain, for showing us how to be racist the right way. McCain’s an Irish name, right? He’s truly a credit to his drunken, potato-eating race.*