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Romney’s Racist Geniuses

Racial Aikido: The Genius of Mitt Romney’s “Barack Obama is a Lazy Negro Who Ain’t Working” Ad

Posted by Chauncey DeVega at 2:04 pm
May 31, 2012

Well played Mr. Romney. Very well played indeed.

Mitt Romney’s “Barack Obama Isn’t Working” campaign is a genius political move. Less clumsy than the infamous Willie Horton ad, it is a more elegant and refined racial appeal for a slightly more civilized “colorblind” age.

As such, Mitt Romney’s suggestion that Barack Obama is “not working” deftly draws on a set of stereotypes from the American popular imagination where black people, and black men in particular, are depicted as lazy and not self-sufficient. This is one of the core attributes of what social scientists have termed “symbolic racism.”

This stereotype is central to contemporary right-wing political discourse, and can trace its lineage back to the Southern Strategy under Richard Nixon, and through to Ronald Reagan’s mobilization of anti-black sentiment with his allusions to “welfare queens” and “strapping young black bucks” who buy steaks with food stamps.

There’s more: http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2012/05/31/racial-aikido-the-genius-of-mitt-romneys-barack-obama-is-a-lazy-negro-who-aint-working-ad/

Apr 6, 2012