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Reading The Pictures: The Barack "School Yard" Panic: How Much A Racist Thing?

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Chris Stigall, a Kansas City talk show host, said, "I'm not letting my next-door neighbor talk to my kid alone; I'm sure as hell not letting Barack Obama talk to him alone.-- Some Parents Oppose Obama Speech to Students (NYT)

I'm not saying the latest right-wing hysteria tactic -- demonizing Obama's outreach to school children -- directly parallels the McCain campaign ad below.

I do think it's interesting revisiting the post below, however, which I originally ran six days short of a year ago. Beyond all the "state indoctrination" and even Hitler Youth analogies being propagated by Obama's school chat, I'm wondering how much there is (or is also) a racist meme at play. It's something along the lines of: You can't trust your children alone with this man ... knowing how black men are. Wink, wink.


From: Sep 09, 2008: McCain Ad Ties Sex With Race


In today's trip to the swamp, the McCain campaign's latest attack video ostensibly targets the Obama's education plan.

... Except, the issue serves as nothing more than a foil to intimate that Obama -- shown in the screen shot with a smarmy grin and his coat looking frumpy -- desires to sexualize the lives of young children. More odious, however, it's also an example of the McCain campaign playing the race card, activating stereotypes of the black man -- seeming to gaze dreamily at something below (or shorter than) him -- as driven by sexual appetite.

(screen shot: McCain for President)

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