David Bartholomew, Chair of the Virginia Beach Republican Committee, has been forwarding around a “joke” via email. …
I went down this morning to sign up my Dog for welfare.
At first the lady said, “Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare”.
So I explained to her that my Dog is black, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak
English and has no frigging clue who his Daddy is.
So she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify…
My Dog gets his first check Friday.
Is this is a great country or what?
This electoral season has brought much lurking, blatantly racist framing and commentary back out of the white backstage and again into the frontstage.
It did not disappear, contrary to much public discussion of a post-racial America. Much of this stuff was only “hiding” in many white backstage settings of white friends and relatives. And notice how many elements of the old white racial frame appear in this short email “joke.” Notice the white privilege, and the numerous anti-black stereotypes.
Apparently, numerous conservative whites do not understand that the Internet is not really such a “safe” backstage.