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October 26, 2006
When the Dog Whistle Blows, Who's Barking?
Posted by Frank J. at 10:16 AM | View blog reactions | Comments (32)

The nutroots are up in arms about the blatant racism in Bob Corker's ads.

Or, I guess, they're up in arms about the subtly implied racism in Bob Corker's ads that only they are smart enough to spot.

You see, there's this TV ad which seems like a regular attack ad against a liberal Democrat, but actually contains the hidden message "Harold Ford Jr. is a black man out to steal your white women!"

Then there is this radio ad that sounds like a regular contrasting ad to most people that plays good music when mentioning the Republican Corker but ominous music when mentioning the Democrat Ford, but it's actually playing "jungle drums" when mentioning Ford implying that he's a black jungleman (or, if you add the main message to the implied message, it's implying that Ford is an elitist jungleman).

I know a bit of you are confused because you didn't see any racism in these ads, and that's why the racism hidden in these ads are referred to by the nutroots as dog whistles. A dog whistle is at such a high frequency that only a dog can hear it, and these racist messages are so subtle that only racists will pick up on them. Apparently, Tennessee is full of forgetful racists who hate black people but keep forgetting that Ford is black. Thus the Republicans put hidden racist messages in these ads that only the racists will pick up on and remind them that Ford is black so they shouldn't vote for him (because they hate black people).

Does it work? I dunno. Maybe some of my racist readers could tell me whether their reactions to those ads were, "Oh yeah! Ford is black! I shouldn't vote for him!"

There's something odd going on, though. When a dog whistle blows, only dogs hear it and start barking. When someone "blows a racist whistle" only the racists should hear it and start making noise. But, when each of these ads first appeared, the only barking I heard was from the nutroots. Here's a DailyKos Recommended Diary from right after the TV ad appeared where lots of Kos Kids seem to spot the obvious racism that all the rest of us missed. And here's a front page story from the DailyKos about the radio ad where they hear the obvious jungle drums that everyone else never heard.

Now, in the comments, a number of KosKids seem confused because they don't see the racism, and they're told that's because they're not able to hear the dog whistle. Which begs the question: How come everyone else in nutrootsville is tuned into a message only meant for racists?

Should I go ahead and apply Occam's Razor, or have you already done it yourself?

Obviously, the majority of the nutroots really hate and fear black people. You see an ad about a politician being involved with a Playboy Bunny, and you think "That's not a moral man!" (or "Wow! Cool!"). The nutroots see the same ad and instantly think, "What!? A black man and a white woman! That's an outrage!" They then say that's what Republicans think through a psychological phenomenon known as "projection." Similarly, while you hear normal ominous music in a negative ad, the nutroots, knowing and fearing that Ford is black, think "jungle drums" since they obviously think all black people are basically spear-chucking primitives in the jungle. Again, they use projection to say that's actually the view of Republicans since they can't come to grips with their own horrible racism.

Now you can see how sinister these ads are. They were a calculated effort to stir up racismů but not in Republicans. Racist Republicans were never going to support Ford anyway. Instead, these ads were to trigger the racism in the huge number of racist liberals. And, it's working. Kos himself is now distancing himself from Rep. Ford. He says it's because Ford is against the New Jersey ruling about gay marriage, but notice how this distancing from Ford directly follows the airing of these ads that reminded the nutroots that Ford is black. Thus, Kos is waning in support for Harold Ford Jr. because he, like most of the nutroots, hates black people.

Insidious. I condemn the Republicans for these racist, effective ads.

Rating: 2.3/5 (30 votes cast)

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