Once again the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is doing what it does best — arguably, the only thing it does. Scream “racism” over any and everything no matter how distantly related to actual racism it may be. There is no length to which the CBC is not willing to stretch in its quest to find racist behavior and this week we got yet another doozy.
Now that the media has (at least temporarily) abandoned the “Trump is a racist” card in favor of the “Trump is a sexist pig who hates women” card, the CBC must be feeling a little bit out of the limelight. As we come inside a month to Election Day, in a desperate attempt to regain some sliver of national relevancy, the CBC has stretched about as far as has been seen in recent memory to find some racism.
Get this: In response to prominent Republicans like Paul Ryan publicly withdrawing support or in some other ways admonishing the nominee Trump tweeted out, “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”
It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
Any sane, rational person can clearly understand what the man meant, that since Republicans are dumping him he now no longer has to dance to the Republican Party music and is more free to be, well, Trump.But that’s not what the CBC sees when they read that tweet. They see what they always see. Racism! Why? Over the use of a single word. The Congressional Black Caucus is claiming Donald Trump approves of slavery because of his use of the word “shackles.”
A piece appeared earlier this week in The Hill under the following headline: “Head of Black Caucus rips Trump on ‘shackles’ remark”The head of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) hammered Donald Trump’s “shackles” comment on Tuesday, saying the comments were “reckless” and harken back to the age of slavery.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) accused the GOP nominee of adopting “dog-whistle” messaging tactics to appeal to the white working-class voters who largely constitute his base. It won’t help him, Butterfield warned, with moderate Republicans and black voters already alienated by Trump’s frequently incendiary campaign.
“The moment an African American hears the word ‘shackles’ it’s reminiscent of the era of slavery,” Butterfield said in a phone interview. “We’re at a point now where Donald Trump is out of control. We don’t know what’s next.”
So there we have it. There are now certain words you’re not allowed to use in public if you’re white, a Republican, a conservative or any combination of the three because those words are secretly code for “I love slavery and want to bring it back.” White people in America are no longer allowed to say “shackles,” “Crow” (as in Jim), whip dogs, watermelon, south, cotton, chitterlings (pronounced ‘chit-lins’), and most certainly not plantation. If you do and you’re caught, the CBC will be right there to see to it you eat crow…oops…oh wait…can’t say that.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]