Richard Wolffe “struck a racial chord” on MSNBC when he suggested that Republicans appear to exclusively criticize blacks and minorities in the administration.
The liberal press, to generalize, has noted the statement as particularly controversial:
What you’re seeing here is a war-by-proxy on the president, which is why he said ‘if you want to come after me, come after me. And it always just happens to be people of color who are working alongside him. Whether it’s Eric Holder, at the center of another vast, completely unfounded conspiracy, or Valerie Jarrett – apparently completely unqualified to exercise any power whatsoever, or Van Jones who is really some kind of crazy, kooky Communist.
As is standard given the limitations on the corporate media to systematically repress real discussion, Wolffe didn’t have enough time to back up his statement, so of course it seems controversial. If he had the opportunity to provide more evidence, this pattern of GOP behavior would sound much more obvious.
It doesn’t always just happen to be people of color who are relentlessly critiqued by high-profile members of the Republican Party. It’s that minorities are easy targets and criticism is not only unaccountable, but fully warranted and even expected. Consider the GOP’s natural constituency—in fact, the group they cater to almost entirely with regards to social issues—is relatively jingoistic and essentially nativist. Republican marketing targets this base in such a way that is “preserving the form while losing the life” of conservatism.
“The form” doesn’t include minorities. So when Republicans in Congress are accused of using “coded language” in their efforts to market their ideas or make criticisms like the recent attack on Susan Rice, that’s not entirely accurate. Now, sometimes it is, such as when noted conservative figures attack “the black studies crowd” and “black sociology movement”, because these are labels with racial undertones, not qualifying descriptions. But more often than not, GOP criticism isn’t coded or operating under a pretext of moral objectivity, it’s just fundamentally racist.