Giuliani’s attack on Obama fuels racism

February 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm (Democratic Party, Guest post, Obama, Pink Prosecco, Racism, Republican Party, United States)

Above: Rudy Giuliani

Guest post by Pink Prosecco

The controversy kicked off on Wednesday night when Rudy Giuliani, formerly Mayor of New York, accused Obama of not loving America.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Mr. Giuliani said at the event. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.”
To call this a dog whistle is an understatement.

Now he’s compounded the problem by insisting that his remarks couldn’t possibly be considered racist.

“Some people thought it was racist — I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people,” Mr. Giuliani said in the interview. “This isn’t racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism.”

Yes, logically, he might be able to claim that he wasn’t targeting Obama’s black/African heritage, but the way his mother brought him up, the milieu in which he was raised. But that’s pretty disingenuous given the way (some of) Obama’s opponents focus on his birthplace and his religion. Many of those gleefully applauding Rudy Giuliani’s speech won’t have parsed them with Giuliani’s own retrospective punctiliousness. The former Mayor has irresponsibly fuelled the suspicions of bigots, while maintaining plausible deniability.


  1. damon said,

    Everything ”fuels racism” these days.
    The right wing in the US can be pretty horrible, but have we ever had a proper explanation of what President Obama’s ”community activist” roll was in Chicago years ago? If he had a very left wing/identity politics stance, maybe somewhat like the American SWP, (or even the British SWP) then I think it would be fair enough for right wingers never to have taken to him.

    Not that I agree with them particularly, but the two world views are just so diametrically opposed to each other, that of course there would be this bad blood between them.

  2. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    Slightly of subject. The Scotland on Sunday are running a three page article on Scotland’s Jews. The article is saying the climate of fear is because of left-wing politics and not religion. You only have to go into Glasgow on a Saturday to note that the Palestinian leftie supporters have set up in three locations instead of the traditional stall in Buchanan St. They are now outside Barclays Bank protesting and protesting outside the St Enoch Centre against a stall that sells Israei goods. But it is not about Jew’s according to them.

    • Aaron Aarons said,

      No, protesting against a stall that sells Israeli goods is not about Jews – unless one would also argue that protesting against a stall selling German goods in 1938 would have been about ethnic Germans. I know plenty of people who would call themselves ‘Jews’, or who, like me, would call themselves persons ‘of Jewish ethnicity’, who have taken part, or would take part, in protests against the sale or promotion of Israeli goods.

  3. Rosie said,

    @Glesga – I saw that article too but the link to it isn’t working.

    The SPSC are pretty nasty in my experience.

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      They stick to the story that they want a Palestine homeland and are not anti Jewish. When you press them about Hamas and various Jihad groups wanting to destroy Israel they say with a straight face that is not their agenda. I reckon they do question and answer sessions.

      • Aaron Aarons said,

        Ending the existence of ‘Israel’ as a Jewish-supremacist state is not anti-Jewish. It is not even very radical, but merely democratic.

  4. Rosie said,

    Quote from Chris Deerin

    “A timely article published yesterday in Scotland on Sunday by the journalist Dani Garavelli showed concern about their safety is growing among Scotland’s Jews. Giffnock’s long-established community has seen security stepped up outside Jewish buildings, including police patrols at the synagogue and at Scotland’s only Jewish primary school. The children are no longer allowed to line up in the playground in the morning.

    The number of anti-semitic attacks in Glasgow rose ten-fold last year, according to Garavelli. A woman selling Israeli cosmetics from a stall is said to have had a ‘burning’ substance thrown in her face, while a rabbi was taunted with shouts of ‘Sieg Heil’. A sheltered housing complex in East Renfrewshire was daubed with a swastika and the words ‘Jewish Cunts. Jews Out’.”

    • Jim Denham said,

      Here’s the Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday article – well worth a read. The statement that whereas in England most antisemitic incidents are by Islamists, in Scotland they’re more likely to come from “the left”, and Garavelli’s explanation for that, is especially interesting:

    • Aaron Aarons said,

      “A woman selling Israeli cosmetics from a stall is said to have had a ‘burning’ substance thrown in her face […]”

      Said, by whom? Is there any evidence? If it was only the alleged Israel-supporting women alleges it, there’s no reason to believe it. And if it did happen, it couldn’t have been serious, or we would be shown some photos. But more to the point, the women was not alleged to be selling, e.g., Jewish religious items, but Israeli cosmetics that had no particular connection with Jewishness, and it’s not even asserted that the allegedly attacked woman is Jewish. So whatever happened, if anything did, would have been anti-Israeli, not necessarily anti-Jewish.

      And Jews, or anybody else, who gives material aid to Israel is no more worthy of sympathy or defense than is somebody giving material aid to ISIL.

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