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DoubleSpeak Dictionary Entry #3

“community organizer:” too black…??

Dictionary Entry by Organizer CF

According to New York Governor David Patterson, VP candidate Sarah Palin’s mocking reference to Barack Obama’s experience as a community organizer carry racial undertones. Palin’s quote: “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.” Patterson (and I)  feel that use of the term “community organizer” in this mocking tone is code for anti-black racism- along the lines of “Oh, you know.. he’s a ‘community organizer.’ He’s from those… kind of communities.'”

“The Republican Party is too smart to call Barack Obama ‘black,'” said Paterson, the state’s first black governor.

Patterson: “But you can take something about his life, which I noticed they did at the Republican convention. A ‘community organizer.’ They kept saying it, they kept laughing, like what does this mean?”

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