Monday, October 20, 2008

Powell = Arnold?

Sociological Images has a story about a political cartoonist who equates Colin Powell with Benedict Arnold. Seriously.
As Rob Tornoe discusses at Politicker, this feeds into the idea that Obama isn’t a real American and, accordingly, neither is Powell.  That this is about skin color is revealed by the fact that he put Arnold in blackface. and uses the term “Race Patriot.”  The implication is, Powell is endorsing Obama because he’s black and that’s treason (i.e, anti-white and therefore anti-American).

It also speaks to white privilege and a phenomenon I’ve seen elsewhere during this election.  It is white privilege to be able to vote for Obama without your endorsement being attributed to the color of your skin.
Ironically, this apparent single-mindedness and intolerance is what Powell cited as one of his major reasons as to why he isn't supporting the Republican ticket.

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