Gingrich’s Strategy: Racism

 

Gingrich’s Strategy: Racism
Paul Thomas provides a critical analysis of Newt Gingrich’s discourse during the Republican presidential primaries and reveals the “corrosive forms of racism” embedded in his endless diatribes against Obama (whom Gingrich calls the “food stamp president”) and “poor people” (allegedly with “no habits for working”).  Thomas warns that even as Gingrich makes an appeal to racist stereotypes, such myths “remain robust in America’s social norms” in part because of a vast silence surrounding racism, whether it be “pervasive direct racism” or “the wink-wink-nod-nod” type of racism. As long as people favor polite civility over a direct confrontation of persistent racism, the United States will remain far from achieving the ideal of a “post-racial” society, while a racist culture and social system produce greater income inequality between races, higher rates of prison incarceration and school expulsion for African Americans, and under-resourced and neglected public schools for poor children and children of color. Read the article…

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