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July 01, 2011 11:19 PM UTC

Color-Coded Query

  • by: Colorado Pols

We get a lot of emails/press releases from a conservative group called “Pajamas Media” that is always pushing some random issue or another. Normally we ignore their emails because they either aren’t particularly relevant or they just aren’t interesting, but we had to pass this one along.

Today’s email from “Pajamas Media” basically answers its own question in the headline:

Why Do Blacks Vote for Democrats?

Hmm. Well, if you’re a Republican asking this question, maybe you should try a different one first: Why are you using the term “Blacks” to discuss a group of people? Maybe they vote for Democrats because Democrats don’t call them “Blacks.”

We won’t get overly politically-correct on you here by insisting that “African-American” is the correct term to use in a case like this. We have no problem with the term “black people” or “black voters,” but “Blacks”? Think of how absurd this looks if you switch out the color noun for another:

Why Do WHITES Vote for Democrats?

Why Do BROWNS Vote for Democrats?

We didn’t click through to see what the “answer” was from “Pajamas Media.” We’ve got a fairly good idea ourselves.


22 thoughts on “Color-Coded Query

    1. Such as the white guy who has a body part turning purple who finally connects the dots when his doc asks him what his wife is using for her diaphragm jelly. The less obvious answer is grape. What should he be called – stupid?

            1. but I wonder if it wouldn’t maybe sound better if the second part were something like “when he’s honorably disagreeing with you and maybe carrying a parrot”? See, you can accomplish all the same meaning without all the cursey words!

          1. I mean, I’ve heard those rumors also, but I think he was — and is —  waaaaaaay too mature for that type shenanigan.

            A paragon of civility and reasoned discourse would never resort to such juvenile behavior.

            (Besides, does anyone really think that nearly a year after banishment he would still be wasting any of his valuable time trolling around this disturbing and problematic dungsite?  Not a chance.)

  1. I’m still trying to figure out if that guy is the most insensitive asshole ever born, or if it’s really a progressive champion going undercover to make conservatives look even more like the most insensitive assholes ever born.

    Of course the nominal answer will be that it’s comedy… but when someone’s idea of comedy consists entirely of being an insensitive asshole, and not at all of being funny… that excuse stops working.

  2. “Most of the ancestors that I can trace were born here in the United States of America,” he said, hitting those last four words with a hammer. “And then it goes back to slavery. And I’m sure my ancestors go all the way back to Africa, but I feel more of an affinity for America than I do for Africa. I’m a black man in America.” Herman Cain.

    1. The same one who doesn’t want any scary brown people who pronounce “God” as “Allah” anywhere near his ‘Merican guvmint.

      Funny, I’m pretty sure I know one or two American Muslims who feel more of an affinity for America than for the countries of their ancestral heritage….

    1. when he’s not busy writing drivel for the Creator’s Syndicate.

      Then again, this guy’s fundamentalist frogwash belongs as a link right next to this crap, so maybe you got it right after all….

  3. “I am an American. Black. Conservative,” he said, punctuating each aspect of his self-identity. “I don’t use African-American, because I’m American, I’m black and I’m conservative. I don’t like people trying to label me. African- American is socially acceptable for some people, but I am not some people. Herman Cain

    1. in exponentially greater numbers than do Rs. And when we criticize a black conservative pol, it’s on the issues. Dem officials (not talking about the occasional blogger or comic) don’t send out or gleefully forward e-mails featuring the pol in question (or spouse) as a gorilla or with a watermelon front lawn. Just sayin’.

  4. In thev 60’s and 70’s Black was preferred to /negroe. Afro-AMericans was used moire in academic settings in the ’90’s.African-American is more in use today.

    I don’t think the term Black bothers African-Ameriicans. I think the reason has to do with different party definitions regarding  social justice.

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