Monday, March 19, 2007

Running on "Racist"

I understand my definition of "racist", while supported in the academic literature, is much broader than the popular conception. So, there a persons (more often, policies) I consider to be "racist" that other people do not. I think that's a problem, but it is irrelevant to the forthcoming conversation. For "America's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani has decided the best way to win back conservative primary votes is to brag about how he's viewed by some of his Black former constituents.
The campaign also helpfully provided a bunch of quotes from New York papers that demonstrate Giuliani's conservative credentials, such as this one from The Amsterdam News in 2000 (before Giuliani dropped out of the U.S. Senate race):

"[Giuliani's] Only Hope For An Overwhelming Victory In Upstate New York Would Be To Remain As He Is: A Hard-Nosed, Evil, Racist Republican Conservative."

The Amsterdam News is a NYC-based paper catering to the Black community. Remember, Giuliani thinks that being called a racist will gain him votes in conservative primaries.

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