The good old English word Socialist has become the latest code word for Black and is now a designated smear according to at least one dunce on the Left. Dunce Lewis Duiguid, a Kansas City Star columnist has come up with the idea that when Republicans speak of Obama’s socialist agenda they want the listener to decode that word as black. He writes:
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…..McCain and Palin have simply reached back in history to use an old code word for black. It set whites apart from those deemed unAmerican and those who could not be trusted during the communism scare.
The funniest, and most intelligent, part of the affair is the comments from the paper’s readers, to wit:
….I had a good chuckle at what can only be a called a Freshman College Student’s failed attempt at linking his argument to the facts in this article. There are virtually no White Americans that associate Blacks as a race as being Socialist. Code Word? Indeed!….Obama IS a Socialist. Obama isn’t Black he’s a Mulatto. IF he gets elected you will have to say there’s a Half White Man in the White House! That must drive you crazy because that will leave Bill Clinton as the First Black President! (As Proclaimed by your own beloved NAACP!)…. and
….In point of fact, A. Phillip Randolph was a labor union organizer, with more than a few socialist leanings. Paul Robeson was an avowed Marxist, a celebrated member of the American Communist Party, and a winner of the Lenin Peace Prize. W.E.B. Dubois was a known Trotskyite and Maoist, ran for office as a member of the American Labor Party, and also won the Lenin Peace Prize. He once wrote, “Joseph Stalin was a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach his stature.” Dr. Martin Luther King was never an official member of the Socialist party, but several of his advisers were (Hunter Pitts, Stanley Levinson). Dr. King founded the “Poor People’s Campaign,” an attempt to “spread the wealth around,” as Sen. Barak Obama would say.
M. Rizzuto over at ConservativePunk remarks:
This most laughable aspect of this charge, is that author Lewis Diuguid expects us to believe that something like J. Edgar Hoover’s use of the word socialist to describe blacks is somehow fresh in the minds of Americans, leading it to be the natural connection we make when we hear the word. Not to mention that W.E.B. Du Bois was in fact a socialist.
Also see Bob Parks/Black and Right