Not for Shock Value

FiveThirtyEight.com Friday’s post, On the Road: Western Pennsylvania, outlines some of the uglier racist elements of the presidential race. One particular story, however, is interesting not only for its racism but for raising the possibility of its diminishing power:

So a canvasser goes to a woman’s door in Washington, Pennsylvania. Knocks. Woman answers. Knocker asks who she’s planning to vote for. She isn’t sure, has to ask her husband who she’s voting for. Husband is off in another room watching some game. Canvasser hears him yell back, “We’re votin’ for the n***er!”

Woman turns back to canvasser, and says brightly and matter of factly: “We’re voting for the n***er.”

Cleary, we have a long way to go, and I don’t want to sound too cheery about this story… but it shows that at least one thing is stronger than irrational hatred of one’s skin color. I can’t figure out, however, if it’s good that the one thing is money…

3 Responses

  1. Talk about mixed feelings. Let’s hope it wasn’t their clever plot to get rid of canvassers.

    BTW, political update. A plumber had to pay a visit to the Skarpowsky residence today. His name was JIM, not Joe. The Republican half-truth spin machine scores again.

    Also BTW, I am calling the election for Obama 279-259, courtesy of 270towin.com. Before you doubt me, I’ll share that I called Papa Bush’s election within 10 electoral votes and won a giant container of jelly beans for it.

  2. It isnt about black or white, its about green.

    I think we are moving from race wars to class wars. poor v. middle v. upper

    Main St v. Wall St.

  3. race, class, religion, language…

    whatever The Man ™ can use to keep us fighting one another, rather than throwing off our chains.

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