09/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Carlos Watson: Why "Socialist" May Be Code For N-Word At GOP Town Halls

In the increasingly ugly health care debate, "socialist" has come to have a few different meanings.... But after listening to many of the birthers, as well as ugly voices at some of the GOP town halls (where the idea of lynching recently seemed to be applauded), I wondered--let me repeat that: wondered--whether "socialist" was being used as a code word for the N-word, an outlet for racist anxiety and anger.

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