Sunday, October 12, 2008

Hide the Monkey

Johnstown Pennsylvania. Palin rally.

Notice how coyly he removes the sticker. Then he's such a sweet ol' fella handin' that little tyke the toy monkey. Heartwarming.

What was he hoping to do in the first place? Get a few laughs of course. Impress his friends with a racist gag. It's the type of joke that you put out there for only your friends. Or people that you don't expect to mind. But once he sees The Camera (and you know he does) he thinks 'O Crap. It's not just racists watching me now.' He's willing to be a racist when the system around him offers him support and insulation. And that is exactly what the recent MobCain tactics have been doing.

The daring that gets its confidence from institution. The feeling of protection because you've simply acted like everyone around you. Feeling that you don't have to worry about a public statement.

Do your job Media. Like this.


The Ridger, FCD said...

Yes - exactly. We have at least reached the point where lots of people are unwilling to be racists in public. It's a long way to have come, but there's a long way still to go.

Casey said...

Wow. This is hard to watch... so bad that it begins by making me furious at the guy and ends with me simply shaking my head and feeling sorry for him.