When we said we valued diversity, we meant your skin, not your mind
A radio talk show host drew criticism Thursday after calling Condoleezza Rice an “Aunt Jemima” and saying she isn’t competent to be secretary of state.
John Sylvester, the program director and morning personality on WTDY-AM in Madison, said in a phone interview Thursday that he used the term on Wednesday’s show to describe Rice and other blacks as having only a subservient role in the Bush administration.
He said he was planning a giveaway on Friday’s show of Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup. “I will apologize to Aunt Jemima,” he said.
Imagine the foofaraw if a right-wing radio host had made the same comment.
Or if a conservative cartoonist had drawn this
Or if a conservative website was selling this
In some otherwise PC circles, it’s still ok to be racist, as long as one’s racism is directed at a minority individual residing on the conservative side of the political divide, and one doesn’t go so far as to actually call the person a kike or a nigger. John Sylvester, Pat Oliphant and the “Fighting for Whitey” creator illustrate the divide perfectly. In their minds it is impossible for them to be racist as long as they don’t actually state that “Condi Rice is a nigger.”
However, implying that Condi Rice is a nigger, portraying her as a nigger, or employing a code term that would be obviously racist had it been spoken by a Kluxer are perfectly acceptable practices. Calling someone a “Likudnik” is the same practice applied to Jews.
It’s not racism, it’s “nuance.”