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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The First 2018 Salvo Of GOP Dog Whistle Racial Politics

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Last night as the Florida election results came-in, I like most of the nation received a major surprise as the African-American Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida (the state capital) won the Democrat Party nomination for the fall 2018 gubernatorial race. Once the results were final a visit to social media led to a personal comment as such.
"Well, we will have to work and recognize GOP dirty tricks, lies and racially inspired campaigning. it will surely flow. Work to do!"
It took less than 245 hours for the first salvo of dog whistle politics oozed from the mouth of Andrew Gillum's (Donald Trump) supported opponent Ron DeSantis.
“Florida elections are always competitive, and this is a guy who, although he is much too liberal for Florida, he has huge problems with how he’s governed Tallahassee, he is an articulate spokesman for those far left views,” DeSantis said. “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda.”
While some will simply write-off DeSantis's comment as a matter of vernacular or personal speech lexicon, I vehemently disagree. Granted he may have uttered a Freudian slip. If it was a Freudian Slip, that in and of itself is equally revealing. Personally, I will not excuse the use of a metaphoric slur so commonly used by some conservatives regarding Barack Obama and family as well as a common slur among some regarding black people.
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Photoshops are but a single example of how conservatives and racists manipulate the psyche of inclined viewers for political and social advantage. It is also important to recognize and consider the coming of Trump and the reality of buoyed white nationalism (racism) and its exponential growth since Trump declared himself a candidate for the Oval Office. Yes, there is a constituency among conservative white people who readily ascribe to promulgation and dissemination of racist depictions. There is an even more expansive reality (of people) who knowingly or unknowing sit as fertile fields for such racism and remarks as uttered by DeSantis. 

What he heard or read from DeSantis is yet another form of the GOP Southern Strategy which has effectively cordoned off geographic swaths of the nation as safe GOP vote zones based on white fear. prejudice, bias, and racism. I personally offer an example of a learned Ph.D. A chemist who also played the violin for a major US city symphony, actually speaks to a small group and in my presence of waiting to see how "minorities vote" before he casting his vote.  

MSNBC's Ali Velshi offered a morning guest who also shares his thoughts of the racist metaphor from DeSantis. 

Herewith is a piece from The Raw Story.

The GOP candidate for governor in the State of Florida has a history of affiliation with people who preach and practice what they call white nationalism

UPDATE:  Even Fox News mgmt. found issues with DeSantis use of the: "monkey up" phrase. Linked here.

UPDATE II: Fox News's Laura Ingraham joins in the racist rebel yell fest:

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