The Mau-Mauing of the President

“Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.”  — Mitt Romney

As a public service here is a clarification for Mittens:

THIS is an Angry Black Man just before he pops a cap in your ass.

THIS is not an Angry Black Man:

Romney’s ravaging of the president had the effect of angering MSNBC contributor Toure.  “That really bothered me,” he said. “You notice he said anger twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama, the ‘otherization,’ he’s not like us.”

“I know it’s a heavy thing, I don’t say it lightly, but this is ‘niggerization,’”

The focus here is on the wrong issue. It isn’t that Obama is angry and full of hate. He’s not.  That’s some old bullshit from Romney and he should either explain how the president is angry and hateful or retract his remarks, because it sounds like he’s blowing a dog whistle that a Black man is always on the verge of snapping and going off.

That isn’t even close to describing Barack Obama. As shit gets hotter, he gets cooler. You can’t come off as a Angry Black Man and get very far in America. Samuel L. Jackson has raised it to an art form, but he’s an actor playing a part. And he loves to golf. What’s Whiter than golf?

Unless your fear is Tiger Woods is a covert Black militant.

“I’m so mad. Boy, am I angry! Grrrr…”

The Angry Black Man is a stereotype. Right next to the Angry Black Woman rollin’ her neck and gettin’ all loud up in your face.

Romney has never run against a Black person for political office.  We can pretend the rules are the same, but they aren’t.  If you are a heterosexual White male,  if you are competing against a woman, a homosexual or a minority you have to take extra care not to lapse into stereotypes.

Perhaps he didn’t mean to lapse into racial coding, but suggesting the president is running a campaign of anger and hate and not supporting the accusation is a dog whistle.  Mittens demonstrated during his appearance before the NAACP, his awkwardness around Blacks.   Then again, Mitt doesn’t seem like he’s comfortable around anyone not White, wealthy and Mormon.

Romney blurted out something that plays to White fears without anything to support it. He tried to Mau-Mau the mild-mannered Barack Obama into Malcolm X. That is what Toure was upset about. He just put it across in terminology that surprised and outraged some White folks.

Black folks just shrugged and said, “Word.”

Mitt thought he was being fierce in putting Barack in his place. He just looked shrill and a bit desperate.    That’s what right-wing White men always say when they don’t know how to debate with a Black man. “You’re angry! You have anger issues! It’s an impotent little debating trick they pull so they can reassert their Alpha Male status.

Romney knows poll after poll shows Obama blows him away when it comes to likability. He’d be better served by trying to make himself more likeable than trying to make Obama less.