By Jeff Fecke | May 13, 2008
Frankly, what can one say about these t-shirts? Staggeringly offensive? Blatantly racist? Complete douchebaggery at its lowest? Yes, yes, and yes.
It has been tremendously dispiriting to watch the way that race and gender have been wielded by all sides in this campaign. The Clinton campaign has made racist appeals, the Obama campaign misogynist ones; the GOP and tools like this guy are willing to use both (happily with hilarious results). Maybe we could chalk it up to blindness to privilege or internalized bigotry, but to do so is to forget that there’s a whole lot of open, proud bigotry still at large in this country.
I have long ago given up waiting for Clinton to renounce not-so-coded appeals to race by her campaign, or for Obama to forswear his supporters’ often sickeningly blatant misogyny. I would love to be proven wrong by either of them at some point, would love to see either of them step forward and state what I used to believe was the obvious truth: that it does the Democratic Party and this nation no good to win an election based on bigotry. For what does it profit one to gain the world and lose one’s soul?
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