The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. The code words in this game are â€œentitlement societyâ€ â€” as used by Mitt Romney â€” and â€œpoor work ethicâ€ and â€œfood stamp presidentâ€ â€” as used by Newt Gingrich. References to a lack of respect for the â€œFounding Fathersâ€ and the â€œConstitutionâ€ also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core â€œold-fashioned American values.â€
Yeah, any time I hear someone talk about the â€œConstitutionâ€ I can tell theyâ€™re racists.
The fact is, if you hear the n-word every time someone talks about our entitlement society, the person with the race problem is YOU. If you hear â€œAmerican valuesâ€ and think â€œbigotâ€ then the person with the race problem is YOU. If talking about the Founding Fathers seems racist, the person with the race problem is YOU.
If everything sounds like racism to you, Juan Williams, you might be a racist.