I would say it is just a minority. I mean we have tossed abuse at our PM for weeks, it is a national past time watching him slowly collapse.
Off topic but i couldn't believe what Kanye did interrupting the poor girl.
One of my more arcane hobbies is to read Civil War letters. Letters both to and from the soldiers. Union and Confederate.
The written content is - almost without fail - strikingly magnificent. Always articulate and beautifully presented, always extremely civil and polite, and always very deeply insightful.
We have definitely lost a good measure of this wonderous gift.
אשכנזי היהודי • Белый Россию
That said, I don't think every time we see it, its automatically racist. Bush was caricatured as a chimp based on physical features and I don't think its a stretch to make the same caricature for Obama based solely on his physical appearance.
For those who are offended, I urge you to look at the context. The Michelle Obama pic that was posted was part of a website that mocks all celebrities comparing them to animals or other bizzare looking individuals. Comparing Michelle Obama to Zira isn't racially motivated here, its just an attempt at humor - one that made me chuckle.
For those who don't have a problem with these sort of caricatures, don't pretend there isn't a long history of racists using similar caricatures.
Slipping into madness is good for the sake of comparison - Unknown.
Nope. However I can remember people here, and elsewhere, remarking how it was "too bad" it wasn't a grenade instead of a shoe thrown at him. What about Protestors holding signs calling for Bush "Dead or Alive" with the "Alive" X'ed out? Or signs of Bush with a gun to his head? Is it somehow worse if some idiot screams it instead of putting it on a giant sign? Or how about Nobel Prize winners saying, to wonderful applause, that they would "Love to kill" Barack Obama right now?i don't NOT remember cries of "kill him" at a presidential rally
No, the monkey references was saved for Bush. Whore was used however.and i do NOT remember people calling our first lady a gorilla. do you?
Oh, and lets not say race fueld insults was only present on one side
Has Obama been called a Terrorist in a wide spread fashion yet? Have they accused him purposefully allowing a terrorist attack for political aspirations? Called him a war hero? I think he may actually have joined with Bush in regards to images of him relating him to a vampire (Bush sucking on the statue of liberty, Bush sucking on a baby, etc). Has there been an entire Television series dedicated to insulting Obama yet? And don't worry about those links to Obama being the anti-christ, while Bush undoubtably had some, everyone knew from multitude of bloggers and leftists that Cheney was "the devil". What about people going on live national TV on a non-political show and telling the world that they feel that Obama hates an entire segment of the population? (and that Beyonce's video was the best ever! The Best Ever! )
No, I'm sorry, but you're wrong and looking at this completely and utterly with hyper partisan glasses on. The hate was there and has been there, on all sides, for some time now. What we're seeing is two fold:
1) The other side is in power which brings it more to the attention of that side as its now more targeted at them
2) We have increased amount of technology, and simple access, over the past 10 years. There wasn't dozens and dozens of cameras at every political rally, now i think it'd be impossible to find many rallies that don't have at least 3 video cameras of SOME form. Internet message boards and blogs weren't as proflic and the spread of information was not nearly as wide spread or quick. The world, in regards to information and how its discovered, distributed, and discussed is largely different now from 2000 or even 2004.
Cause obvious I mean, everyone doing the "warchimp" thing or the "no see, no hear, no speak" thing with Bush obvious was thinking "Haha, this'll teach that midnight white nigger whats what!".
COULD it be racist? Definitely. But in and of itself is it inherently racist? Absolutely not.
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"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.