Watch Republican House candidate Tramm Hudson in Florida discuss his personal knowledge of how "Blacks are not good swimmers". He knows because he is from Alabama.
Then watch Republican Senate Candidate George Allen call an American of Indian descent a macaca (or monkey).
Did I miss something, or is 2006 going to be the year of open racism? I guess hating gays lost its appeal, now it is time for harder stuff. Admittedly both apologized after the tape got out, but they were both living it up before.
This reminds me of a conversation between my Dad and my uncle:
Dad: Well, the Republicans have used tacit racism to win the South for decades.
Uncle: The Republicans, racist?
Dad: Yes, that is why you switched parties, remember?
Uncle: Oh yeah.
I think that there was a bit of joking in there, but ridicule is also how our family communicates dissatisfaction, this time with the fact that my uncle had switched party affiliation.