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How race and the U.S. election intersect. Hint: badly - The Globe and Mail
Imani Perry

The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Nov. 03 2012

Moreover, in the U.S. race is always deployed in election seasons. It is coded with words like "crime," "welfare" and "special interests," and signals a many-decades-long, ongoing backlash against the efforts to pursue equality during the civil rights movement. What makes this moment different is that now it is the President's body itself that is the symbol of racial threat.

The truth is, Americans are quite ambivalent about the value we place in "equality." Americans love the ideal, but many also fear it. They worry that if we pursue racial equality, it might negatively affect their standing in society. And so we find ourselves with hysterical clinging to the status quo through lynched President dolls, and fearmongering about the havoc of the ghetto and the teeming "illegals" reaching into suburbia's pockets at the bidding of a "socialist" President.
African-Americans  race_relations  Campaign_2012  fearmongering  dog_whistles  race-baiting 
november 2012 by jerryking
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