7 Ways Republicans Use Slavery Rhetoric to Scare White People | Alternet

* Note: Please. All this "slavery talk" from a people whose only experience with slavery and racism has been in how they have benefited from them.
The Republican indignation machine is in high gear, this time over remarks made by Vice-President Joe Biden at a campaign stop in Virginia on August 14, for racial overtones in his comments about Republican financial policies. Laughably hypocritical, the Republican response gushes forth in the wake of eight months of race-baiting by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his surrogates, several of whom favor analogies to slavery in their critiques of President Barack Obama.

Since the beginning of the Republican presidential primary, GOP candidates have played the race card, and Romney is no exception , even if his button-pushing is a bit more clever that of his competitors. Who can forget former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum telling Iowans that he didn’t want to make ‘blah’ people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money? Or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich referring to Obama as the ” food stamp president “? Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is currently airing a television ad that’s an outright lie, but one useful to Romney, because it dishonestly links the black president to a trope about work requirements and welfare.

Now, Joe Biden is not exactly the smoothest white man on the planet when it comes to matters of race. One can make the case that he engaged in a bit of rhetorical race-pandering when speaking to an audience that, according to the Associated Press , included “hundreds of black people,” Biden said the Republicans, by fighting regulation of the financial industry, were looking to “unchain Wall Street.” Then he added: “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

Biden’s opposition received those comments as a gift. Faced with the difficulty of defending his refusal to release more than two years of tax returns and a draconian Medicare reduction plan by running mate Paul Ryan, Romney and company used Biden’s comment as a springboard for even more pandering to their fearful, whites-only base. It’s what psychologists call “projection”: accusing the object of one’s resentment with one’s own character traits. Ryan accused the vice-president of trying to “stoke the emotions of fear and envy.” Sen. John McCain, given his prowess at selecting vice-presidential candidates, helpfully suggested that Obama dump Biden from the ticket. And Romney described President Barack Obama as a hateful, angry person who seeks to ” smash America apart .”

When Touré, co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” noted the racial subtext of Romney’s comments, the right-wing blogopshere predictably went nuts .

What seemed to set Republican critics’ teeth on edge about Biden’s remarks was the implication of slavery in his reference to “chains.” But the theme of slavery is a particularly potent one for the Republican right, where it’s framed within the old Southern fear that blacks would seek retribution against whites for their centuries of bondage. That’s why it’s so important to Romney, and the right at large, that he paint Obama as the stereotypical “angry black man,” as he did in the wake of Biden’s comments.

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