When you hear the word "urban" what do you think of? I, personally think of major metropolitan areas and retailer Urban Outfitters. (Thanks, capitalism!) But if you think not-so-secret-code word for "nigger" you just might be Rep. Steve "Not Peter, The Other Crazy One" King of Iowa who recently said this about the President in regards to his support for a black farmers settlement: "Figure this out, Madame Speaker: We have a very, very urban Senator, Barack Obama, who has decided he's going to run for president, and what does he do?" King said. "He introduces legislation to create a whole new Pigford claim." King has in the past called the settlement claim "slavery reparations."
While King is technically Iowa's problem, I'm very pro-people who tiptoe around being overtly racist to just come out of the closet already. It's time to stop hiding. Just lay it out there. I'm tired of doing the rhetorical dance of metaphorical bigotry.
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It wouldn't be pleasant to see or hear, but I think racists should start a movement to "reclaim" the word "nigger." It was their word to begin with and if they could say it, as they so badly want to, in public again, it would be much easier to get people to take off the rose colored post-racial goggles and stop being apologists for the obvious hate coming from individuals who use the term "urban" to describe all "unsavory" black people, from our President to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
Urban doesn't mean what these individuals think it means, and they know it. So, I say give open bigotry a chance. Bring back the Archie Bunkers. (They never really went anywhere anyway.) Paint it as a "civil rights" movement of the bigot class, of the offensive, anti-PC politico. Sure, the general populace, even the one's who agree with you, will blanch at your harsh, unvarnished, throwback approach and you'll probably struggle to get elected and will get ousted by politicians who are better at hiding their prejudices, but you wouldn't have to live a lie. You could march the streets and say you're "taking your country back," proudly declaring "You're here. You're full of racial fear. Get used to it."