Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quick Hitter

With elections approaching, President Obama's "otherness" has once again become a topic of discussion.

I can't really generate enough interest to write too much on a topic I've discussed far too many times, but this New York times article gives a breakdown of some of the tactics. If you check out the article, I'm sure this paragraph will jump out at you just like it did for me:

The latest controversy over Mr. Obama’s identity involves — once again — Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, who this week accused Mr. Obama, whose father was a Kenyan economist and spoke out against the occupying force in his country, of exhibiting “Kenyan, anticolonial behavior.”

Now, I'm no expert on history, or politics, or pretty much anything. I have a little knowledge, but I wouldn't call myself an expert. That said, when did "anti-colonial behavior" become a negative? Did I miss the memo that said that colonialism was a good thing? Does that mean that the so-called forefathers of America were displaying regrettable "anti-colonial behavior"?

What the hell?

It's like folks are just saying anything these days and hoping something sticks. Reminds me a lot of the actual campaign. Seriously, the day when it becomes cool to colonize countries is the day when it becomes cool to enslave humans, and that's officially the day where this lunatic starts capping back. Because Lord knows that if they try to bring slavery back, they are going for the black folks first.

Seriously though, anti-colonial is bad now? Somebody who agrees with Newt, please explain what he was talking about here.



Mr. Noface said...

On it's face such a phrase seems counter intuitive but if one looks deeper, one understands what kind of message Newt is trying to convey (and to whom). "Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior" is really a fancy way of saying anti-white behavior.

Anti-colonial behavior would be seen as admirable if not for the Kenyan in front of those two words. It in my opinion brings to (the white) mind black savages attacking white folks who are merely trying to introduce civilization to those backwards people (by force if necessary).

Kenyan...Kenya...Africa...DARK Continent...colonialism in Africa...European...White...anticolonialism in Africa...anti-white. These connections are made in the (white) mind instantaneously and invoke fears that stoke the flames of racism and hatred.

Of course if one were to step back and breathe a minute he/she would recognize the ploy for what it is and call Newt out for such underhanded tactics, but we know that's not gonna happen. Like Islamo-facist during the latter parts of the Bush era, expect Kenyan anti-colonial behavior to be repeated over and over again by those on the far right.

Darth Whitey said...

Worry not, he's just an idiot trying to pander to the right wing for the nomination. Those people have no limits in their nonsense, they're all nuts and they'd make me laugh if they weren't so scary. President Palin? ugh please God no.

Brenda said...

Of course Newt Gingrich's target audience are the very ones who probably aren't aware that the American Revolution was an "anti-colonial rebellion"...

Big Man said...

Brenda, I think I agree with NoFace.

Imhotep said...

"Kenyan, anti- colonial behavior" Wow! Why stop there? Newt should admonish Dr. King for displaying anti Jim Crow behavior. Or Mandela for anti apartheid behavior. This is why I can’t take white folks seriously, no integrity.

Shady_Grady said...

Well this comes from D'Souza, whose great regret in life is that he was born too late to BE Gunga Din. So he's only behaving according to warped mental software.

Though I've belted you and flayed you,
By the livin' Gawd that made you,
You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!

Raving Black Lunatic