Clyburn: GOP using “racial code words” to criticize @AmbassadorRice

Posted by: ST on November 20, 2012 at 11:28 am

In which the SC Democrat Congressman triples down on the nonsense:

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Tuesday that a letter from nearly 100 House Republicans urging President Obama not to appoint Susan Rice as secretary of State employed racially charged “code words” to make its case.

The letter, signed by 97 House Republicans, says Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, “is widely viewed as having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi matter” — language Clyburn saw as racially loaded.

You know, these are code words,” Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, told CNN. “We heard them during the campaign — during this recent campaign we heard Sen. Sununu calling our president lazy, incompetent, these kinds of terms that those of us, especially those of us who were grown and raised in the South, we would hear these little words and phrases all of our lives and we’d get insulted by them.

“Susan Rice is as competent as anybody you will find, and just to paste that word on her causes problems with people like [incoming Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman] Marcia Fudge and certainly causes a big problem with me,” he added.

In a press conference earlier this week, Rep. Fudge (D-Ohio) said she believed criticism of Rice contained “a clear … sexism and racism.”

“It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities,” Fudge added.

Clyburn described himself as frustrated by the criticism of Rice. While he said it is fair to criticize her for having initially claimed the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was the result of a protest against an anti-Islam video, he objected to the language used by Republican leaders.

“I don’t like those words,” Clyburn said. “Say she was wrong for doing it, but don’t call her incompetent. That is something totally different. A lot of very competent people sometimes make errors, and to say that she erroneously did it, I don’t have a problem with it.”

What a crock. It doesn’t matter if the non-existent “racial code words” had been removed, Clyburn, Fudge, and other race-baiting Democrats would still characterize it as “racism” because the GOP has the sheer nerve to dare criticize a black Democrat – and one who, I should add, would be slammed just the same if she were a he, and/or if she were white and had said what Rice repeatedly did.

It’s really about as un-American as it gets for politicos and other public figures to frame every criticism of a liberal woman and/or black person who is part of this administration or otherwise works on behalf of it as “sexist” and / or “racist.” Dissent is supposed to be patriotic (as the left pretended to “remind” us in the Bush years but forgot the moment Barack Obama was elected President). Not only that, but why fight for equality for your fellow man as Clyburn did in the 50s and 60s if all you’re going to do is to turn around and essentially exclaim that they should be immune from criticism on the basis of their skin color?

Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted us to be judged on the content of our character, not the color of our skin. Too bad Clyburn and other “civil rights leaders” have long forgotten that.

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15 Responses to “Clyburn: GOP using “racial code words” to criticize @AmbassadorRice”


  1. Lorica says:

    I didn’t realize that holding a person to their responsiblities was racism. It is so sad how fast the left run to this to shut down opposition. As I have said so many times in the last 4 years when arguing politics and this racism is thrown at me. “There is a racist in this conversation, but it isn’t the guy talking policy”. Man does that piss off the leftists to have their own feelings thrown at them. – Lorica

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    Code words? I thought the letter was explicit in every sense of the word. But this is the lowbrow leftists’ schizophrenic way of confronting the argument. Race is used as a sword to counter well-deserved criticism but at the same time is used as a shield in order to hide from valid points of discussion; a default mechanism when their arguments run out of steam. Sorry, but you cannot have it both ways.

  3. Tex says:

    Apparently all words in the English dictionary are racist code words used by Republicans when directed toward someone who is NOT white.

  4. Liar. That’s code for Liar.

  5. Dana says:

    Lorica wrote:

    I didn’t realize that holding a person to their responsiblities was racism.

    And now you do.

    It is racist to criticize a black person for poor job performance, it is sexist to criticize a woman for poor job performance, and it is homophobic to criticize a homosexual for poor job performance. (Note: it is not anti-Semitism to criticize a Joooo for poor job performance.)

    Please make a note of this.

  6. Along with spell checkers Microsoft should market a racist dog whistle/code word checker. They may as well turn a cheap buck off this crap like all the other race hustlers.

  7. RiderInTheNight says:

    Clyburn is a old has been race hustler. This idiot hasn’t mastered the English language yet so how would know a code word from a real word?

  8. Lorica says:

    The problem with that Drew is that these code words are a sliding scale. They are only code words depending on what leftie is making the accusation, at what given moment. Even the geniuses at MS using a cray super computer, probably couldn’t do a statistical model to figure that out. LOL – Lorica

  9. Carlos says:

    What Lorica is trying to say, Drew, is that anything spoken by a conservative is racist, the exact same words spoken in the exact same manner by a lib/lefty/statist/black/hispanic/victim is simply free speech.

    In other words, one must know one’s ideology to determine racism. That, of course, redefines “racism,” but so what? That’s what being a lefty is all about!

    Under that criterion, this is definitely a racist comment.

  10. Aarradin says:

    “nonsense” ??? No. Clyburn is a Racist. He’s tripling down on the racism.

    By his logic, in order for “incompetent” to be racist, you must begin with the prejudice that blacks are incompetent. A connection which Clyburn himself clearly seems to make.

    We want Rice to resign because she is incompetent (using the actual definition of the term).

    Clyburn wants people to stop using the term ‘incopetent’ because he believes its a slur against blacks, who must in his mind at least all be incompetent.

    So, who exactly is the racist here?

  11. The post about a dog whistle/code word checker was intended as a left-handed attempt at humor.

  12. Kate says:

    I’d call incompetence if you were a white, Judeo/Christian male. I’m all for equal opportunity, Susan.

    However, I don’t believe you were incompetent. You competently followed the line you were told to….even when it was already refuted by people like the President of Libya.

    No I think you were competently doing as the WH told you (sorry not buying Clappers ‘I changed the verbiage in the talking points before I knew I did it’ garbage). Your integrity leaves much to ask for, though.

  13. Carlos says:

    Hey, Kate, “the people” voted this kind of garbage back in and We, the People, are going to be paying the price for their greed, laziness and irresponsibility.

    Better get used to it. Unless we have a revolution, this is the way it’s gonna be for at least four more years, with all the lying, and backtracking if caught. That’s what Democraps and socialists do.