Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How to make a Critical Race Theorist's head explode

GOPer West Blasts 'Gestapo-Type' Tracker (Whose Grandparents Survived Holocaust)

On the one hand, Critical Race Theorists say no one's allowed to use metaphors based on historical incidents of racism or bigotry.

On the other hand, the GOPer in question is black.

The irony is in the context: "I know here today we have a representative from the Florida Democratic party and he is here to film me and his whole purpose of filming me is to take what I say and allow other people to distort it so they can misrepresent me. You know if we allow those Gestapo-type intimidation tactics to prevail in the United States of America what happens to our liberties, what happens to our freedoms?"

They're taking his words out of context to misrepresent the man.* That was on the list of Gestapo dirty tricks...and every other political organization that thinks winning is more important than truth.

Hmm. Which may be just about every political organization.

* If the GOPer had been a Critical Race Theorist, they would express that as "...to misrepresent the black man" to imply he was misrepresented because of his race. But misrepresenting black folks is okay so long as they don't believe in CRT.

ETA: Though I'm a wild-eyed socialist, I have enormous sympathy for middle and upper-class black conservatives who get called race traitors when they're only being true to their class.