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Looking For a New Way to Derisively Refer to Black People? Try "Community Organizer"

This is of course the wisdom from New York Democrat governor David Paterson. You might remember him as "that blind guy who became governor when that other guy got caught with prostitutes." Paterson has implied that Republicans want to use Obama's "blackness" to portray him negatively, and that substituting "community organizer" for "black" is how they're going to do accomplish this.

This is race-baiting, pure and simple. Remember, the mocking of the idea that Barack's community organizing qualifies as legitimate experience only found its way into Palin's rhetoric after the Obama campaign ridiculed her credentials as mayor of Wasilla and governor of Alaska.

From the CBS article, here's what the governor had to say:
"I think the Republican Party is too smart to call Barack Obama 'black' in a sense that it would be a negative. But you can take something about his life, which I noticed they did at the Republican Convention - a 'community organizer.' They kept saying it, they kept laughing," he said.

Paterson sees the repeated use of the words "community organizer" as Republican code for "black".

"I think where there are overtones is when there are uses of language that are designed to inhibit other people's progress with a subtle reference to their race," he said.
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