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He calls Obama Uncle Tom. And when it's pointed out to him and he's asked if he would like to use other language to explain what he's saying? He says "Absolutely not."

Date: 2008-11-06 09:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mollydot.livejournal.com
I can't watch videos, and I don't know how offensive "Uncle Tom" is*, but from reading a quote, he's asking Obama not to be one, not saying that he is. Or is there enough history in the term/Nader's previous rhetoric to make even that offensive?

*I do know what it means, just not the cultural weight behind it.

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Date: 2008-11-06 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mollydot.livejournal.com
Thinking about it more, he's also implicitly equating corporate with white, and poor (or the American people, can't remember the quote now) with black. What I can't decide is whether that's a good, bad or neutral thing to do.

Y'know, I think I'm attempting to deconstruct. Does that mean I finally know what it means?

Date: 2008-11-06 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magicpointeshoe.livejournal.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Tom

What he was attempting to do was use visual stereotypical charactures to describe what Obama could be, even suggesting that he could be an Uncle Tom is really offensive as heck. Obama is not a race traitor.

Date: 2008-11-06 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mollydot.livejournal.com
Thanks. (Mostly for the comment. Wikipedia still doesn't give me a good feel for how bad it is)

Date: 2008-11-06 09:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thebohomama.livejournal.com
bitter much?


Absolutely stunning. There are better ways of saying what he wants to get across there. Unacceptable.

Date: 2008-11-06 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neels.livejournal.com
ROFL ... there should be some sort of stupidity test that tv presenters have to pass. Pretty revealing, though.

Date: 2008-11-06 04:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] choptliver.livejournal.com
Ralph once told my sister she should be recalled by her mother. He's never been a diplomat.

But yeah... maybe people can stop interviewing him now.

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