Race Baiting = a racism denial term used by American conservatives which is intended to halt anyone on speaking on racism in the United States. Ironically, said usage also implies that the user IS a racist and/or bigot by default.
Interestingly you will find that this accusation is ONLY used when socio-politically aware people are speaking on race relations honestly. In short, conservatives simply want to SHUT YOU UP when you are talking about racism. You can see the track record of blatantly ignorant conservatives name calling, deflecting, and accusing on this website in abundance until we changed the commenting format to facilitate commenting that’s easier but less anonymous. Of course they want to shut you up; they don’t want to talk about racism in America because simply, it’s more field expedient to pretend there’s no problem at all. Usually when a conservative sociological miscreant calls accuses “race baiting”, it’s usually a socially aware person speaking intelligently (and honestly) on race relations and there’s simply no intelligent retort.
How come republicans and conservatives ALLOW this type of shit in their base?
Of course the objectivity of this term is thrown out the window when you take into account that no conservative (primary user and inventor of term) ever accuses another conservative or GOP affiliate when they engage in what would objectively be considered “race baiting”. No conservative ever accuses when O’Reilly states that the “white establishment” is falling down, or Rush Limbaugh attempt to actually attack diversity of all things. Nor do they call Sarah Palin race baiting when she said that only rural whites are the “real” America. No conservative ever questions the frequent airtime the New Black Panther Party gets on Hannity for example, which could very much be a “race baiting” tactic played by the right wing to scare the shit out of white people. No conservative ever questions the bigoted logic of denying citizenship of the first black president of the United States, nor do they consider any of the name calling they use towards him as race baiting, such as “food stamp president”. No conservative accused Ashley Todd of race baiting. You know, that one white GOP fan who carved a backwards “B” on her face and said a black man did it?
Chris McDaniel lost the republican open primary to incumbent Thad Cochran, and with that loss the Tea Party McDaniel camp attempts to call Cochran out for “playing dirty”, procuring the greater black vote in the state of Mississippi.
One can try to make the claim that Mississippi blacks opted to sabotage the GOP vote… But if that was the case then they would have voted for McDaniel due to the fact that he would be easier for a democrat to beat. As for now, it looks like the black community of Mississippi honestly wished for Cochran to represent THEM, over anyone else. Of course, there will be accusations thrown by way of “wanting handouts”. The reality is this: EVERYONE wants the government to do SOMETHING, and, black people are people too. Everyone wants something from the government; there’s no such thing as a person in politics who doesn’t want something from the government. The principle of this capability is written in the Preamble to the Constitution:
“We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” ~United States Constitution
In that part of the Constitution, “we” means ALL Americans… that includes the black community too. Out of all of the Constitution-calling people out there, I find it funny that people forget this first part. After all, we learned this in elementary school having to recite it before the Pledge of Allegiance.
There is a severe problem with the republican base in the fact that it allows racism and racists to flourish. The funny thing about this, is that on the blogosphere you will find numerous conservative and republican backers claim the point that the Dixiecrats were democrats — all while denying the republican strategy of pulling those Civil Rights era butthurt racist whites into their fold in the 70’s. The sad thing about this deflection is that while they have no problem in pointing out bigotry decades ago (when democrats owned the South) they fail miserably in pointing out the bigotry of their own party present day — when republicans own the South.
Republicans: These are the things that are holding you back. It’s time to abandon your bigots please.