“I think the Republican Party is too smart to call Barack Obama ‘black’ in a sense that it would be a negative. 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,” he said.
Paterson referred to McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin who compared her work experience to Obama’s.
“So I suppose a small town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except with real responsibilities,” she said at the convention.
Paterson sees the repeated use of the words “community organizer” as Republican code for “black”.
“I think where there are overtones is when there are uses of language that are designed to inhibit other people’s progress with a subtle reference to their race,” he said.
But this is absurd. An example will suffice.
Here in Chattanooga, City Councilman Manny Rico is the following:
- Community Organiser
- Former member and Chairman of the city’s Human Rights and Relations Commission
- Current member of the City Council (which is more than Obama managed in Chicago.)
As I noted earlier, he also made the following statement a few months back:
I think every woman should carry a gun in this evil time.
Now that’s Sarah Palin’s idea of a community organiser.