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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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Comments (14)

What a dumbass Uncle Tom Na... (Below threshold)

What a dumbass Uncle Tom Nazi Bushitler thing to say.
[sarcaster set on inappropriate]

So let it be written, so le... (Below threshold)

So let it be written, so let it be done.

I am just curious. Do any o... (Below threshold)

I am just curious. Do any of you have racist tendencies in your personal life. I haven't even thought about racism for years unless it is brought to my attention through the press. Color and race seems irelevant to me and my aquaintances these days. I have no doubt that the press are consiously regurgitating crap from a bygone era to promote their agenda and to try to maintain the black vote. The fact that there are more and more black conservatives is testament to the hyprocracy you see today in the media. It seems to me that they (the lib media) are willing to stir the fires of racism to regain their majority in politics at any cost and without consideration of the conflict they instigate among all of us.

I would also like to relate... (Below threshold)

I would also like to relate a story from my early years. I am now 55. The very first time I became aware of racism was around 1963 or 64. Until this incident I was happily unaware of racism. At the time I was in around the 7th or 8th grade. There was a Janitor who had been working for our school system for as long as I was in school and long before I ever knew him. He was trying to buy a house in our small town where I grew up. He was denied because he was black. I'll never forget it. He was the nicest man you could ever have the previledge of knowing or having as a friend. Yet, back then, the township would not let him own a house within the city limits.

I have hated racemongers ever since. They are easy to identify. They are on you TV every day. Usually they are the ones who have the most to say about who is or is not a racist.

Kevin, it's perfect EXCEPT,... (Below threshold)

Kevin, it's perfect EXCEPT, pretty please, take out the apostrophe in "Republicans." Apostrophes are ONLY used to make possessive nouns or contractions, NEVER plural nouns or pronouns; this error is also often seen in "it's" (contraction of "it is" or "it has") and "its" (possessive pronoun).

The only possible exception is the plural for the letter "A" : "A's" is the convention to distinguish it from the word "As"; there is some debate whether this convention extends to other single letters and numbers.

May the record also show that not all public school teachers are moonbats shilling for the NEA.

NtvAmrcn assuming I have th... (Below threshold)

NtvAmrcn assuming I have the time, I'm going to post a rather longish pice on race relations in New Orleans in the post Katrina era. You may find it interesting. Things have changed dramatically.

goddessoftheclassroom, thanks, I fixed it.

When you write as many words as we do, typos happen. Since I've been here... (about a year and a half I think) I've done the dreaded "its it's thing" twice and my one of my life's most embarrassing moments came the one time I blew the "your you're" rule out the water. (I still cringe over that one)


Race obsessed liberals spen... (Below threshold)

Race obsessed liberals spend so much time looking for racism when all they have to do is look in the mirror.

Gilliard is defending the b... (Below threshold)

Gilliard is defending the blackface job on Steele for two main reasons:

1) Steele is a black Republican, and thus is a "betrayer of black people," and

2) Gilliard is black, too, so it's okay.

It has been a lot of years ... (Below threshold)

It has been a lot of years since I've read the Little black sambo stories but I do recall that one of the stories involved tigers and I don't believe tigers reside in Africa unless some are in a zoo. So, calling somebody Sambo would be accusing them of being from India.

Gilliard's Corollary To God... (Below threshold)

Gilliard's Corollary To Godwin's Law

I like it. I like it a lot.

Earl, I gave up on pointing... (Below threshold)

Earl, I gave up on pointing that out years ago, when the Sambo's chain of pancake houses was forced to change its name to "Sam's."

Never mind that the Sambo character in the chain's marketing was never black, but was always dressed in clothing that Americans would instantly associate with India. Some idiot somewhere interpreted a Brit (I'm thinking Kipling but could be wrong) reference to "little black Sambo" and assumed it meant what it would have meant had it been said by, say, Robert Byrd.

This one predated the guy who got fired for saying "niggardly" by a couple of decades.

Make it so, number One.... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Make it so, number One.

NtvAmrcn,For the r... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:


For the record, I'm as white as they come. I am married (9 years yesterday!) to a wonderful woman who is Asian (Vietnamese to be precise). She's a first generation LEGAL immigrant to the US.

We live in Houston, which is an amazingly racially diverse city. Here in Houston, neither of us experience any racism of any kind. However, my wife's job causes her to travel a bit all over the country. She has told me some stories about racism that I would not have believed still existed in this country if she had not seen it first hand.

The thing I found rather interesting about it is WHERE she experienced it. It was in northern cities, not in the stereotypical South where us bassackward hillbilly rednecks live. And it wasn't directed at her, but at the blacks she works with.

Sheik, I've often held that... (Below threshold)

Sheik, I've often held that the North is generally far more racist than the South, at least today. Northerners can get away with it better I guess.

I live in a rural Pennsylvania town, and I swear I've seen more racism around here than anywhere I've ever been, and I've been to the South.






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