Birtherism Promoters Are Racists

How long can it continue?  We have been assaulted by the bigoted spewing of birthers: right wing GOP politicians and elected officials, right wing media and tea partiers (both reactionary GOP factions) and other similar whack jobs.

TPM has even provided a "best of the birthers" photo catalog of the more infamous of these idiots as a reminder.

President Obama released the long form of his birth certificate in an attempt to mark and end to right wing claims questioning the legitimacy of his natural born citizenship and thus his presidency.  This move by the White House is either good strategy or giving in to racist bullies.

In any event, it's terrible that it has come to this.

As Adam Sewer writes at The Plum Line"This Wednesday morning become one of the most surreal and ridiculous moments in the history of American politics when the White House decided to release copies of President Barack Obama’s “long form birth certificate,” in an attempt to quiet conspiracy theorists who believe the president was born elsewhere. The president had already released a version certified by the state of Hawaii, but because of the “volume of requests” for the birth certificate, the president asked the state to make an exception and release the original document.

"Aside from being one of the most idiotic moments in American political history, this marks a level of personal humiliation no previous president has ever been asked to endure. Other presidents have been the target of crazy conspiracy theories, sure, but few have been as self-evidently absurd as birtherism. None has been so clearly rooted in anxieties about the president’s racial identity, because no previous American president has been black.

"This whole situation is an embarrassment to the country. Yesterday Jesse Jackson described birtherism as racial “code,” but there’s nothing “coded” about it. It’s just racism. I don’t mean that everyone who has doubts about the president’s birthplace is racist. Rather, the vast majority have been deliberately misled by an unscrupulous conservative media and by conservative elites who have failed or refused to challenge these doubts.

"Sadly, those who fostered doubts about the president’s citizenship are unlikely to relent in the face of factual proof, because birtherism was never about the facts. For its most ardent proponents, it was and is about their inability to accept the legitimacy of a black man in the White House. Nothing about the decision to release the president’s birth certificate can change that."

Those who promote this birtherism are racists.


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