I watched the Republican debate last night and didn’t witness a micro-second of racism.

But, I guess I’m just blind to the “code” racists talk, because Rick Perry apparently got his inner Klan member on by calling Herman Cain “brother.”

No, really. That’s what the left is saying:

Perry raised some eyebrows when he made the reference, saying: “Herman, I love you, brother, but let me tell you something…” and “I’ll bump plans with you, brother, and we’ll see who has the best idea.”The Twitter universe especially lit up, with hundreds of people expressing surprise over Perry’s use of the word.

Some called it painful, cringe-worthy, or flat-out racist.

Others used humor. Hip-hop artist @TalibKweli said: “Did I just see Rick Perry call Herman Cain “brother” twice like some sort of Texan Hulk Hogan?”

Comedian @KathyGriffin also weighed in: “Awkward. I’m waiting 4 Perry 2 say ‘jive turkey.'”

Whoa. I had no idea.

Let’s talk about Hulk Hogan for a second. Like Talib pointed out, he’s been saying “brother” for decades.  It’s part of his brand.

And now, he no longer supports Obama.

Yeah, I know.

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST!

Or is it only racist if Hulk says it to black folks.  Can I even say “black folks?”  Is that racist also?

I’m confused, but let me try to get this all straight.  If Hulk Hogan calls George the Animal Steele “brother,” that’s not racist, but if he calls The Junk Yard Dog “brother,” that’s racist.

Is that right?

Seriously, if there is anyone well versed or educated in the modern racist code lexicon, let me know.  The last thing I want to do is actually be myself, but be unintentionally racist.

And Herman, when I met you in Iowa and said you were “My brother from another mother,” I had no idea how racist I was being.  I offer my humblest apologies and beg you for your forgiveness.  Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa.

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