What it’s really about

As Frank Rich says, all the anger isn’t really about health care.

If Obama’s first legislative priority had been immigration or financial reform or climate change, we would have seen the same trajectory. The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House — topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman — would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play. It’s not happenstance that Frank, Lewis and Cleaver — none of them major Democratic players in the health care push — received a major share of last weekend’s abuse. When you hear demonstrators chant the slogan “Take our country back!,” these are the people they want to take the country back from.

Thanks, Mr Jender.

3 thoughts on “What it’s really about

  1. I was just thinking about this while reading an article this weekend about Tea Partyers (whom I prefer to call by the original name they choose: Teabaggers.)
    The article (really the comments) has a bunch of snarky anti-Palin sentiment, but there is also a lot of people trying to assess just what the message is behind all the anti-Obama signs, especially the ones where he looks like the Joker, which I have seen pop up at numerous rallies this year.
    And this article tipped me off to why I feel so uneasy about these particular signs: they look like a negative of blackface, which adds context to when teabaggers yell “I want my country back!”

    Here’s the article:
    (And I just want to add that Jezebel is what first introduced me to feminism and that I have gained as much nuanced insight into kyriarchy from this site as I have from all the feminist philosophy I have read, so don’t mistake it for being a light blog about popculture and fashion.)

  2. “Prejudiced? Who you callin’ prejudiced??!! We just don’t want *them* takin’ over and ruinin’ our country!!!” (I just hope these morons don’t get more violent and really hurt somebody)

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