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Health Care Reform: A Pissed-Off Nation (Barfaroni)
Henry Louis Gates webzine, The Root ^ | 18 Aug | Sherrilyn A. Ifill, Gwen's CNN cousin

Posted on 08/18/2009 6:24:50 AM PDT by flowerplough

Why the town hall meetings have everything to do with race and very little to do with health care.

Media outlets have gingerly approached the question of whether the virulent and over-the-top town hall meetings over health care are thinly disguised venting sessions in which right-wing whites express their frustration and sense of dislocation over the election of the first black president. Following quickly on the heels of the out-in-left-field, birther conspiracy theorists, the rage-filled, inconsolable opponents of the current health care reform bill certainly seem to be more concerned with the legitimacy of the messenger rather than the message about President Barack Obama’s need for comprehensive health care reform.

Pictures of town hall attendees carrying gross, racist and distorted images of President Obama, the spray-painting of a swastika outside the office of a black U.S. representative, coupled with the open and brazen calls for the death of the president and his family, clearly demonstrate that some of these events have become cozy havens for virulent racists. It is certainly not all—and maybe not even a majority—of the protesters who share these views. But the fact that attendees brandishing these images and sentiments are not loudly denounced, or otherwise vilified, by the other participants in the meetings speaks volumes...

It’s no surprise that elected officials have been cautious about pointing to the racial dynamics at play in the town hall meetings. It’s incendiary stuff. This is not to paint all or even most of the town hall participants as racist—irrational perhaps, but not racist. And it’s not to credit virulent racists with power. The attention that cable news stations are giving to these antics may only embolden the protesters. But it’s certainly understandable that many blacks do regard the conduct of the protesters as racially threatening.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: mrskippy
For little Ms. Ifill, everything always has everything to do with race, I'd wager.
1 posted on 08/18/2009 6:24:50 AM PDT by flowerplough
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To: flowerplough

The race card isn’t working this time.


2 posted on 08/18/2009 6:27:08 AM PDT by Brookhaven (Film everything and put it on YouTube.)
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To: Brookhaven
"The race card isn’t working this time."

Hmmm. Try scanning it again.
3 posted on 08/18/2009 6:31:02 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot
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To: flowerplough

This is a Reverend Manning youtube called “Racism: A Black Fortune 500 Company.”

http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=2g3c9V9F9l4


4 posted on 08/18/2009 6:31:11 AM PDT by freespirited (The only thing growing faster than the deficit is Chris Matthews' man crush on Obama -- Tim Pawlenty)
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To: flowerplough
Why the town hall meetings have everything to do with race and very little to do with health care.

That's as far as I care to go.

5 posted on 08/18/2009 6:33:16 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: flowerplough
For little Ms. Ifill, everything always has everything to do with race, I'd wager.

Why yes.
As a matter of fact, you are correct.
Right down to the last penny of her paycheck.

Sherrilyn Ifill
Professor of Law
Phone: (410) 706-8394
Fax: (410) 706-6644
E-mail: sifill @ law.umaryland.edu
Office: 353
BA, 1984, Vassar College
JD, 1987, New York University
Biography | Selected Publications
Professor Ifill is nationally recognized as an advocate in the areas of civil rights, voting rights, judicial diversity and judicial decision-making. She teaches Civil Procedure, Legal Writing, and a seminar on Reparations, Reconciliation and Restorative Justice. Professor Ifill has also taught Constitutional Law, Environmental Justice, Complex Litigation, as well as seminars on Voting Rights, Equal Protection, and Judicial Decisionmaking. Professor Ifill co-founded with Professor Michael Pinard the Reentry of Ex-Offenders Clinic.

Classic bottom feeder...

6 posted on 08/18/2009 6:33:33 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Brookhaven
But it’s certainly understandable that many blacks do regard the conduct of the protesters as racially threatening

Then fight back! Kill the racist Whitey old farts who are making such a fuss over rationing their health care !

7 posted on 08/18/2009 6:34:43 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: flowerplough

It’s because the SOB is a FREAKING COMMUNIST and is transforming America into a turd world hellhole where the misery is shared by all (except, of course, the ruling elite).

http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?v=Gdnznz6UqG


8 posted on 08/18/2009 6:46:55 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: flowerplough
The white guilt/race card isn't working.

Whites are getting tired of it - and lots of blacks make it on merit and don't need the "pity" of the angry dependent.

Race card days are numbered. Bye-bye poverty pimps.

9 posted on 08/18/2009 6:52:31 AM PDT by GOPJ ("Fishy rumors posters" Check 'em out:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2311664/posts)
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To: flowerplough

Henry must get up angry every morning.


10 posted on 08/18/2009 7:10:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Dick Bachert
It’s because the SOB is a FREAKING COMMUNIST and is transforming America into a turd world hellhole where the misery is shared by all (except, of course, the ruling elite).

Bingo ! It's not his color that's wrong, it's his politics. But the race baiters like Ms. Ifil have to play their favorite card.

11 posted on 08/18/2009 7:11:06 AM PDT by jimt
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To: flowerplough
Pictures of town hall attendees carrying gross, racist and distorted images of President Obama...

And also, for little Ms. Ifill, when the president be black, his every political caricature is also always racism, too?
12 posted on 08/18/2009 7:17:49 AM PDT by flowerplough (You're going to destroy my presidency! -Bammy, quoted secondhand by Chuck Grassley)
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To: flowerplough
Media outlets have gingerly approached the question of whether the virulent and over-the-top town hall meetings over health care are thinly disguised venting sessions in which right-wing whites express their frustration and sense of dislocation over the election of the first black president.

What a lead. All the innuendo in one shovelful. Media outlets are not doing ANYTHING gingerly - they are playing the race card full-on.

If the meetings are over-the-top it's because there is passion and genuine concern and opposition to socialism in any form. Extremism in the defense of liberty etc.

While these fools continue to focus on their favorite subject (doesn't it get tiresome?) they either don't want to admit or don't see that it's all about policy. What happened to the MSM moaning about an uninterested electorate?

13 posted on 08/18/2009 7:18:23 AM PDT by relictele
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To: TLI
Professor Ifill is nationally recognized as an advocate in the areas of civil rights, voting rights, judicial diversity and judicial decision-making. She teaches Civil Procedure, Legal Writing, and a seminar on Reparations, Reconciliation and Restorative Justice.

URRRGH. Just lost my morning coffee.

One can only imagine the poison and fairy tales spun in a Reparations class.

14 posted on 08/18/2009 7:20:06 AM PDT by relictele
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To: flowerplough
The card sharps of the loonie left have opened the whole deck of race cards. It's all the left has left. What a shameless bunch of jackals they are.
15 posted on 08/18/2009 7:30:02 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (More and more Obama is able to fool fewer and fewer people.)
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