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The New N-word: Socialism
Fighting and Old Battle
Is Socialism the new Racial Epithet
In his article titled "Republicans make socialism appealing" blogger Pandora points out that by bantering around the word socialism in reference to Obama administration, Republicans have actually brought back a word that had been taboo in American society for many years. He points out a recent poll by the Rasmussen Report that shows that only 53 percent of Americans believe that socialism is "bad". However, some people believe that using the word socialism has a darker connotation when used in relation to African Americans. The question becomes do certain virulent Republicans use the word Socialism in place of the n-word when describingPresident Barack Obama? During the election, Kansas City Star Columnist Lewis Diuguid, accused Sarah Palin andJohn McCain of doing just that. Said Diuguid, "The "socialist" label that Sen. John McCain and his GOP presidential running mate Sarah Palin are trying to attach to Sen. Barack Obama actually has long and very ugly historical roots."
He goes on to point out that J. Edgar Hoover used the word liberally to describe such notable African American activist as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois, andPaul Robeson. All of these men were active in trying to improve the lives of African Americans through activism. Hoover went on to call such men as Jim Brown and Bill Russell communist they recently revealed on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
Republican pundit Rush Limbaugh uses the word to describe an entire group of people he describes as unAmerican and it has become the new buzzword for Fox News. They use it to describe such Obama policies as comprehensive health care. According to them health care for everyone would mean the end of the world as we know it.
The truth may be more sinister in regards to Republican's use of socialism. Is the Republican party using the word socialist as a buzz word for the more extreme factions in their midst. Is the word socialist just another word for ni**er?