Calling All White People

It’s been an embarrassing pull-back-the-curtain week for stereotypical white man rhetoric. First the news that the Sears Catalog Model/ Republican, Mitt Romney, got a 0% in a NBC/ Wall Street Journal poll of African Americans. Earlier in the week Bishop Stephen Blair had declared Creepy Catalog Model/ Republican Paul Ryan’s House of Representatives budget immoral, due to its inadequate concern for “the care of the poor and the vulnerable.”

There’s the weird ambition to push birth control back to pre-Margaret Sanger via so-called “person-hood” laws.  When will they begin to try to prosecute people who talk about contraceptives under obscenity laws, just as they did Sanger? Not too long it seems. One Congresswoman, Lisa Brown, has already been slapped on the wrist for mentioning her vagina in a public debate about restrictive abortion laws.

As if the great shout out to the stereotypical white man weren’t enough, built on the racial trope that Obama “isn’t one of us,” now we toss in the return of the Welfare Queen in Romney’s claim– deemed false by anyone who looks at it– that Obama is eliminating the work requirement in welfare. What welfare? I’ve been unemployed for six months, in Obama’s liberal home state, and all I have gotten is minimal unemployment insurance.

The Sears Catalog Model lies, ignores the poor, and seems to need to control women.  He’s also out of touch with reality, as the “We Built This” night at the Republican convention rattles in the background on as I write , ridiculed by Rachael Maddow, and rightly so. The convention is happening in a publicly financed building and every speaker, despite their denials– like every American–has been helped by government programs.

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol]

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