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Krugman writes: "The dog whistle days are apparently over."

Economist Paul Krugman. (photo: Getty Images)
Economist Paul Krugman. (photo: Getty Images)

Racism Comes Out of the Closet

By Paul Krugman, The New York Times

17 July 19

The dog whistle days are apparently over.

n 1981 Lee Atwater, the famed Republican political operative, explained to an interviewer how his party had learned to exploit racial antagonism using dog whistles. “You start out in 1954 by saying ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’” But by the late 1960s, “that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, ‘forced busing,’ ‘states’ rights,’ and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.”

Well, the dog whistle days are over. Republicans are pretty much back to saying “Nigger, nigger, nigger.”

As everyone knows, on Sunday Donald Trump attacked four progressive members of Congress, saying that they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” As it happens, three of the four were born in the U.S., and the fourth is a duly naturalized citizen. All are, however, women of color.


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+23 # ddd-rrr 2019-07-17 09:37
Under Trump, it is now clear that the Republican Party has become the Party of The Stupids.
It is the party of those who cannot, or who will not, THINK! At this point in our history,
it is evident that anyone who now votes "Republican" identifies him/herself
indelibly as a willing member of the new "stupid class" in America.

Why would anyone choose to vote in such a way as to identify themselves as being
thoughtless and clueless about what is good and right-to-do, generous, useful-to-peopl e,
kind-to-people, patriotic, helpful-to-our- country, important for environmental livability, etc.?

And, why would anyone sit in Congress and vote with a party that has become
so obviously corrupted under the leadership of Trump?

Let's put "SHAME" on those who do so!
+6 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-07-17 15:22
Friendly correction: 'the Republican Party has become the Party of The Stupids & Vicious.'
+1 # ddd-rrr 2019-07-17 21:26
Je suis d'accord! 8^)
+27 # conniejo 2019-07-17 10:34
I would say those women already are trying to fix the totally broken and crime infested place from which they came - the U.S., and particularly Washington, D.C. We need more like them. Keep up the good fight!
+4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-17 13:01
Yes, you have it just right. Washington is the most broken city in the world. The central US regime is the most broken government in the world. They have come to Washington to fix it. Trump is part of what is broken and they are trying to fix him. Maybe he can't be fixed. He is broken beyond repair. He will have to be thrown away and some new replacement found.

Trump seems too stupid to know that the nations these women came from were broken by US policy --

Alexandra --- Puerto Rico. A US colony held under submission for more than 100 years.

Rashida --- Palestine, Occupied by Israel with US supplied weapons and money. Israel and the US are committed to the total extermination of Palestine.

Ilhan -- Somalia, invaded by the US in 1991, the government was destroyed. The US has run a covert war there since 1992. The US wants to break it into two nations, depopulate one and turn it into a military base for AfriCom

Ayanna --- United states. She is the descendent of people who were kidnapped in Africa and brought to the US as slaves.

Trump just does not understand what role the US has played in the world for all of the 230 years of its existence.
+8 # elizabethblock 2019-07-17 10:41
Who was it - Dick Gregory? - who said that racism is OK as long as you keep it inside your own head.
+3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-17 13:04
e.b. -- yes, it definitely was. Dick Gregory was a really brilliant man. He knew that racist attitudes and feelings would never be gotten rid of. It is institutional racism that is the problem and it can be ended. Institutional racism is brought into existence by laws and those laws can be repealed by decent people in government.
+10 # giraffee23 2019-07-17 12:28
As I grew up with immigrant parents (from Germany) I wondered what kind of people the Nazis and brown shirts were. ICE, Trump, most GOPers, etc. appear to be of the same personality-min d. I didn't need to see racism in full bloom now and wondering was ok = rather than what I see in my USA under Trump and GOP, Etc.

I sincerely wish the new Nazis "would go home to wherever they originated from"
-12 # BKnowswhitt 2019-07-17 14:15
Blacks in america would not agree with Krugman on this piece. He said nothing of race or their ethnicity in his comments. Ethnicity that is Race .. Left is trying DESPARATELY to hang something on Trump and make it stick .. this one won't work .. all three are far left Policier's ... off the charts .. that is what he was referring to and Wink Wink we all know that ... nice try Krugman .. as a Dem Elite this is one reason you lost last time around and will once again this next time as well ..
-7 # coberly 2019-07-17 23:25
on another website not far away someone wrote a post saying that crying "racist" at everything they didn't like was not doing the Dems any good. I was about to say I agreed with him until i saw about 700 comments agreeing with him, all of them rabid about "liberals", the new niggers or commies, your choice.

i take these people at their word that they are not racists, but they did sound "stupid and vicious' to me. i don't know about dog whistles, but something is driving them crazy.

but i agree that the left is not doing itself any good by calling everything that moves "racist.".

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