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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"Disarm the Negroes"

Darrell Galloway
Paulding County Republican Party
Dallas, Georgia

Dear Chairman Galloway,

I was looking through the "Obama Stack of Stuff" you have on the party's home page when I noticed something I was afraid we'd forsaken in Dixie, the gentle language of our beloved Confederacy. I can't recall the last time I'd seen the word, "negro," used in an official party publication. I'm glad to see it's still in the Paulding County Republican vocabulary.

I know it may seem like a little thing, but in these politically correct times, it's become nearly impossible to use Confederate racial identifiers, even those like "negro," which were traditionally used by the more polite segregationists to gently remind their darker-hued neighbors across the tracks about their place in society.

You should also be commended for the clever way you placed the word on the page itself. Scanning down the screen, one can't miss the bolded header "Disarm the Negroes". It's like a road block for the eye. One's attention is immediately drawn to it, and then, shortly after that, to the Barack Obama links reinforcing our perceptions of his "otherness" with headlines like, "A spry Farrakhan sings Obama's praises," "Obama and the Farrakhan Trap," "Obama Served On Board That Funded Pro-Palestinian Group," and "Obama's Candidacy 'Speaks to Muslims Abroad.'" It's a masterful example of the racist dog whistle in action. First you trot out a term traditionally used to diminish those of his race, then you play on the racially-based fears many whites continue to hold by portraying him as a radical black man.

Our Confederate forefathers would be proud.

Heterosexually yours,

Gen. JC Christian, patriot

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