The Angry Black Woman blog offers an interesting and powerful take on Lt. Dan's demeanor toward Barack Obama during Friday's debate. As this political season has been belabored by racial undertones, innuendo, and even subliminal presentations the points raised nojojojo in this post are plausible. I urge all Sojourner's to read The Subtext of McCain's Anger.
|Not so long ago in this country — within McCain’s adult lifetime, though not Obama’s — white men did not look at black men, except to order them around or warn them off white women. They did not address black men directly if they could help it — and if they had to, it was never done in a way that might suggest respect. Black men did not look at white men either, because that was the shortest path to death; a black man who dared to look a white man in the eye was “uppity”. Didn’t know his place. Needed to have a lesson taught him, usually with a bullet or a length of rope. Even today there’s a certain kind of white man — usually older ones from the South or from wealthy backgrounds — who still won’t accord a man of color the simple courtesy of looking him in the eye. They’ll look everywhere else, address “the air” rather than the person, and get progressively more irritated if that person doesn’t back off and go away|