Did you know that describing someone as "incompetent" was a racist reference? Yeah; me neither.
U.N. ambassador Susan Rice has yet to be nominated as secretary of state, but prominent Democrats are already denouncing opposition to her potential nomination as racist on the basis of remarks by Republican senators that she may not be qualified for the job. Would that they had been so sensitive to racial overtones back in 2004, when the African-American nominee for secretary of state, the Republican Ms. Rice, was denounced on the Senate floor and pilloried in racialist cartoons.
Syndicated cartoonist Ted Rall depicted Rice proclaiming herself Bush’s “house nigga.”
Rall’s depiction was followed months later by that of Jeff Danziger of the New York Times Syndicate. Danziger drew a big-lipped, barely literate Condoleezza Rice, nursing the aluminum tubes cited by the White House as evidence of Iraq’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
And hey, what’s being called a “house nigga” when there are racists lurking out there using code words like “incompetent”?