“Cool” is racist

Here they go again:

CBC staff: Opposition to Obama is racist

Angela Rye, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, argued that President Obama has struggled during his first term due to racially-motivated opposition from conservatives who dislike having a black president.

“This is probably the toughest presidential term in my lifetime,” Rye said during CSPAN’s Q&A yesterday. “I think that a lot of what the president has experienced is because he’s black. You know, whether it’s questioning his intellect or whether or not he’s Ivy League. It’s always either he’s not educated enough or he’s too educated; or he’s too black or he’s not black enough; he’s too Christian or not Christian enough. There are all these things where he has to walk this very fine line to even be successful.”

She said that “a lot” of conservative opposition is racially-charged, citing the use of the word “cool” in an attack ad launched by Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS superPAC.

“There’s an ad, talking about [how] the president is too cool, [asking] is he too cool? And there’s this music that reminds me of, you know, some of the blaxploitation films from the 70s playing in the background, him with his sunglasses,” Rye said. “And to me it was just very racially-charged. They weren’t asking if Bush was too cool, but, yet, people say that that’s the number one person they’d love to have a beer with. So, if that’s not cool I dont know what is.

She added that “even ‘cool,’ the term ‘cool,’ could in some ways be deemed racial [in this instance].”

Joe Cool could not be reached for comment.


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45 Responses to “Cool” is racist

  1. Lola-at-Large says:

    And this is what a 50 year campaign for Civil Rights (when the biggest battles were won in the first few years) looks like. I used to write about “black cultural paranoia” back in my early blogging days, but I can’t write about it under me real name because even challenging the dynamic is enough to get you fired in Academia.

  2. elliesmom says:

    I think the deck of race cards is getting a little dog-eared.

  3. Lulu says:

    It has reached the point where it isn’t even funny. It is just boring. When a bore has nothing to offer they often go off into mind boggling minutiae. Didn’t they just try to make Obama cool again? I guess it did not work so it must be racist if it didn’t work.

    OT but the Dems are cracking up. The coalition formed that discarded about half of their voters and bullied a large percentage more is turning into a big fat mess. http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/231967-as-november-election-nears-splits-in-democratic-coalition-resurface

  4. Lola-at-Large says:


    I’d be more worried what they would do if they LOSE a platform fight. Will they be the Bradley (2000) voters of 2012, who morphed into Nader voters, thus handing the presidency to Bush?

  5. foxyladi14 says:

    Cher is an OBOT. ;lol;

  6. wmcb says:

    Besides mockery, the reaction of most people to this is * yaaaaaawn*

    • cj says:

      The best reaction I can think of is if Rove went with uncool, mom-jeans wearing, corpsmen stuttering, umbrella-stymied Obama in his next ad.

      The country deserves a laugh.

  7. angienc says:

    OT but OMFG!!! Speaking of mockery y’all have to listen to this Obama “Got Your Back” radio ad — it sounds like a parody on SNL, but it’s *real* and it’s un-fucking-believable


    • Karma says:

      Oops….how uncool of me not to see your post before posting the same below.

      Are we cool?


      • angienc says:

        We’re cool — but I’m not so cool that people responded to your post while ignoring mine — what am I, invisible? 🙂

        • DandyTiger says:

          Life’s random. 🙂

        • Karma says:

          Nah….you aren’t invisible… you’re beyond cool… you’re Super Fly.

          Caught the buzz hours before any of us did…it old news to you…and you were there anymore….lol


        • angienc says:

          Ha! Superfly — that’s me. A client (who actually was a superfly kind of guy — he even looked like Shaft/Richard Roundtree) once told me I had “a mad cool aura.” Recognize!

  8. Lola-at-Large says:

    Way off topic, but I just had to report that I just read a student essay from one of my students about how he and his wife decided to come to America after she got arrested by the morality police for not wearing the proper Obligatory Hijab. Amazing, and he has good writing chops, even though English is his second language and he’s kinda shaky at it. Delightful. Part of the joys of teaching. I’ll be sure to brag about him in class tomorrow.

    • HELENK says:

      he and his wife sound like really brave and bright people. They will be an asset to this country.
      You are right to brag

  9. wmcb says:

  10. HELENK says:



    good pictures today

  11. Oswald says:

    Buffoon Juice:

    Justifiable homicides nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010, according to the most recent data available, when 326 were reported. The data, provided by federal and state law enforcement agencies, showed a sharp increase in justifiable homicides occurred after 2005, when Florida and 16 other states passed the laws.

    By definition “justifiable homicides” are justified.

    That means a bad guy bit the dust.

  12. HELENK says:

    commerce secretary that was involved in auto accident taking medical leave of absence.

  13. Karma says:

    Obama produces a radio ad targeted to black voters. With that same type of 70s movies music that CBC complains about the other guys using.

    Because clearly only the cool kids on the block get to decide who is cool enough to call someone cool and use their cool music to sell it. Cool?

    Links to the article, the radio ad, and the Obama website noted in the ad.


  14. yttik says:

    “This is probably the toughest presidential term in my lifetime,” Rye said”

    They must have completely missed the Clinton presidency because I remember sex scandals, impeachment, wag the dog….and he still managed to pass policies and win a second term. Clinton’s presidency was clearly the toughest ever. For goodness sakes, we impeached him.

    Even Bush had a tough presidency. Unpopular wars, 911, leaks, Scooter Libby, Chimp in Chief jokes, etc, etc.

  15. DandyTiger says:

    So a general comment about the topic, um, I thought they had jumped the shark with all the racist crap, but now they’ve jumped a line up of 50 sharks… from a bus. Now I’m feeling sorry for them.

    • indigogrrl1 says:

      you feel sorry for sharks? or busses?

      signed, the perpetually confused racist

      • Pips says:

        … perpetually confused racist Hah, yes it’s hard not to feel that way. Like – I’d never heard the word ‘coon’ untill the ‘white liberal guilters’ became all atwitter that this was exactly how Zimmerman had identified Trayvon Martin prior to shooting him.

        Not only didn’t I know the word, or it’s meaning, I also didn’t know that it was racist and that it was pronounced in a way undistinguishable from … ‘cold*. 😯

        It’s all so very confusing.

        • gxm17 says:

          The truly ridiculous thing about that whole “coon” delirium is that the only people I’ve ever heard use the word are older black folks. And the truly scary thing is how many people are so obsessed with white guilt-mongering that they can hear something that wasn’t even said.

        • angienc says:

          Like the word “boy” after that senator (or rep) from SC said “you lie” during an Obama SOTU? ‘Cause Maureen Dowd heard it (“the word lingered in the air” is I believe how she put it) and the usual suspects all jumped on board, even though the sentence clearly contained 2 words that began with “you” and ended with “lie.”

          At least the idiot “coon” people had actual spoken syllables to work with.

  16. Lulu says:

    Obama is so uncool that the states want to sue him.

    I think Obama’s cool was snide, bullying, condescending, nastiness. People were afraid of it rather than admired it. It is gone and the masses have turned. The healthcare lawsuit before the Supreme Court (win or lose) showed what a hollow nothing-burger his entire administration is with their inferior argument for unpopular hated and onerous taxation to fund private corporations in the name of health care affordability. Wisconsin is arguably the same thing only with public employee unions. The Chicago model of government is dead and no longer cool.

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