Gilliard's Corollary To Goodwin's Law

We’re no strangers to race controversy here at Wizbang, so you won’t find me jumping up and down about what a racist Steve Gilliard is for portraying Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele as “Sambo’ in this piece. Since the post is humorless and mostly devoid of irony or satire I can understand why some people assume that Gilliard is racist, but Gilliard is just one in a long line of liberal writers so betwixt at the idea of a black conservative that they quickly head into racial stereotype land to describe him (or her).

What’s most striking about this tendency how it resembles Godwin’s Law. Godwin’s Law was named after EFF lawyer Mike Godwin, who in 1990 noted that as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1. By tradition the invocation of Godwin’s Law ends discussion and whoever mentioned the Nazis automatically loses whatever argument was in progress.

Therefore I think the proper response in this case is to officially sanction a corollary to Godwin’s Law.

Gilliard’s Corollary To Godwin’s Law

As the discussion of black Republicans grows, the probability of a racist slur involving some form of the “house Negro” analogy approaches 1. Henceforth so shall it be known…

(h/t protein wisdom/LGF/Andrew Sullivan)

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