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Toure 2

“I can only do so many fun, awestruck stories about the weather and these extraordinary weather events without saying this is because of climate change. When we act like all this is fun, you know what we’re doing? We’re dancing on the deck of the Titanic.”

Toure 2

“When you’re publicly admitting your party doesn’t care enough about black America, then it’s time for a new black friend. Enter Dr. Ben Carson, who’s been embraced recently because he’s smart and helpful in assuaging their guilt.

Carson is a brilliant medical thinker, but he’s got intellectual tumors in his mind like a flat tax – which is regressive and ignorant in the face of American wealth inequality where the top 1 percent own 35 percent, and the bottom 60 percent own 2.3 percent. I doubt Jesus would tax them equally, just as I doubt the GOP would entertain a white, non-politician with unserious ideas.

But Carson has joined the GOP’s version of affirmative action, where blacks that can speak conservative game get raced to the front of the line because then people get to put a bumper sticker on their car that say, ‘How could I be racist? I would have voted for Carson!’ Which would fit nicely over the bumper sticker saying, ‘How could I be racist? I would have voted for Cain?’ Which fit nicely over the bumper sticker saying, ‘How could I be racist? I would have voted for Allen West!’

Yes, any black friend will do, no matter how far outside the political system they emerge from and no matter how unserious their ideas are.”

Touré

“You notice he says anger twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama. The otherization, he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing to say. I don’t say it lightly. But this is niggerization. You are not one of us, and that you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”

Touré

“Historically, after a surge in black power there is a retort, a reassertion of white power.

…Now in the wake of the rise of Obama, we see the power structure responding by continuing to implement voter ID laws tailored to functionally disenfranchise poor blacks. We see an increase in violent crimes that target blacks but not specific blacks, any black person will do. So we get people driving cars into blacks in Mississippi and now this in Tulsa. These violent manifestations of hate are not isolated incidents.

The anxiety about Obama’s success has led to many reactions, most of them not physical but still emotionally violent.”

Touré

“[Herman Cain] serves a massive psychological purpose because there’s a lot of people in the GOP who have been critical of Obama and have been made to feel that they are racist because of their criticism.

Cain comes along offering salvation, liberation: You’re not racist if you support Herman Cain. So now they have this Herman Cain card that they can throw at us anytime they are made to feel racist, so this is like a beautiful thing for them. So they need him to succeed as long as they can deal with him so that they can get their Cain card and make it as valuable as possible. But, of course, this whole transaction is a canard.

…Cain is giving comfort to racism the way that he purports himself… This is not the that person you can hold up as, ‘See I’m not a racist, I love Herman Cain’.”

Touré

“[W]hen we point out moments of racism or moments of minstrelsy in Herman Cain’s example, they just fire back and they just use the words racism; that is racist; you are racist…

Cain allows the GOP to have this sort of force where it’s like, well, we’re not racist; we are supporting this black man. Even at the same time that he sort of admits this myth of black facility (ph) and just sort of self abnegation, and like you don’t have to take us seriously sort of thing that Obama threw completely out of whack, because you had to take him dead seriously…

[H]ere comes Herman Cain… ‘Yes, I am an entertainer. I’m here to entertain you.'”


Touré

“We are once again in the midst of the 9/11 nostalgia mill…

We’re a nation that’s comfortable hating all of Islam and fights against mosques being built within a certain proximity of Ground Zero. And by a certain proximity, I mean within the continental United States. And now we’re a nation with a media that wants to trot out the old stories, all that ‘where were you when the planes hit’ stuff? ‘Remember that crazy day’ stuff? Like we’re in AA telling each other our stories.”

Touré

“How could a plane crash into the Pentagon? And not appear on video cameras?? And leave little wreckage??? #Don’tbuyitfiremenow.”