MSNBC: GOP Using “IRS” As Code Word For “N-word”


Saying that people voted for Obama because he’s black is racist. Everybody knows that people didn’t vote for him because he’s black. They voted for him because of his principled ideas.

But if you criticize Obama or his administration, that’s also racist. And if you deny that, you’re a racist.

MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, who has an accent similar to Piers Morgan’s, said that the GOP’s criticism of the IRS is just more evidence of the Republicans’ “war against the black man in the white house.” So when conservatives continually bring up the IRS, what they’re really saying is the “n-word.”

Bashir goes on to explain that these racial code words used by Republicans are nothing new. He references George H. W. Bush’s chief strategist Lee Atwater, who in 1981 made this observation about the “evolution” of Republican racial code words:

 “You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘N***er, n***er, n***er.’ By 1968, you can’t say, ‘N***er’ – that hurts you, backfires, so you say stuff like ‘forced busing,’ ‘states’ rights,’ and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites… ‘We want to cut this’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘n***er, n***er.’”

Bashir concludes his segment with this:

 “So, this afternoon, we welcome the latest phrase in the lexicon of Republican attacks on this president – the IRS. Three letters that sound so innocent, but we know what you mean.”

So, next time you bring up the IRS scandal to anybody, just know that deep down, what you’re really saying is the “n-word.” But it’s not really anything you can help. If you’re white, you have white privilege. You were born inherently racist. There’s nothing you can do about it.

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