Newt Gingrich’s use of racial code

By Laurie Bennett

January 26, 2012 at 6:48pm

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suggests that Newt Gingrich’s recent reference to Saul Alinsky was intended to stir old Commie fears.

Maybe. But for the older white voters who recognize the name, it will also raise the specter of angry black people.

In a speech last week, Gingrich conjured the ghost of the liberal activist who died nearly 40 years ago: “The centerpiece of this campaign, I believe, is American exceptionalism versus the radicalism of Saul Alinsky,” he said.

Alinsky was an inner city organizer in the years before “inner city” was banned by many newsrooms as a synonym for “black.”

After the 1964 riots in Rochester, N.Y., he was called in to mobilize neighborhoods that had been burned and vandalized.

Rochester was a staid city, with an entrenched white leadership, and Alinsky’s tactics were hilariously upsetting.

He even threatened to put on a dinner of beans and franks for hundreds of black folk, and then give them tickets for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. The upstart concert goers would fart the white season ticket holders right out of Eastman Theatre.

Gingrich knows what he’s saying, at least as it applies to an older, white electorate.

One of the most depressing aspects of his bid for the Republican nomination is this use of racial code words.

Food stamp president. Poor children with no work ethic. The radicalism of Saul Alinsky.

It’s all of a piece.

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  • #1.   msbetz 02.01.2012

    Evidently Alinsky certainly appeals to the likes of HillaryClinton and the Obamas that hold his ideology in high esteem, and practice it everyday in their lives, it’s in their belief structure of radicalism….George Schwartz/Soros likes it too and uses it over and over through his many foundations along with his main focus on Popper in his open society structure to end financial freedom.

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