For those who haven’t seen it, James Delingpole over at the UK Telegraph posted this thread, having a go at the U.S. president’s rather silly and fawning predisposition to appear “one of us”, no matter who he’s among. A habit pretty common among politicians anyway, just in this particular guy it’s more pronounced.
Everyone else is having a go at Obama, so no big deal really. James manages to pull out just about every stereotype of the Irish in a single sentence. I’m of Irish heritage, as I know many of you are too. Am I racially outraged? Of course not.
He also has a crack at every tent-dwelling, camel-riding arab stereotype about. But that too seems to have passed unnoticed. No, it’s this paragraph which has drawn trolls like dung draws flies:
Except, when he’s in Africa, of course, when he disappears into the dry ice and re-emerges with a grass skirt and a bone through his nose and declares himself to be Mandingo, Prince of the Bloodline of the Bonga People, Drinker of Cattle Urine, Father of A Thousand Warrior Sons, Keeper of King Solomon’s Mines, Barehanded Slayer of Lions, Undaunted Victim of the Evil Colonial British Empire.
Ahh, now he’s having a crack at someone of a different skin colour! As if that’s any different. Anyway, the rent-a-trolls have converged from near and far.
I particularly liked the outburst from one of the trolls, along the lines that you can tell the real racists, they’re the ones who deny they are racists; when I enquired whether he was a racist, suggesting that, by his own logic, his answer would be illuminating, there was naught but the sound of crickets chirping. A bit like this, really:
I’m laid up somewhat from an injury, but will leave the thread open for a more sensible discussion on this forum. I know it’s an emotionally-charged subject for some people, and those of you who’ve been here for a while will know I’ve been on the receiving end of this sort of abuse in the past. You all know where I stand on this (I put my own two cents’ worth on James’ blog as well). But no sane discussion’s possible over at the DT, so you’re welcome to have one here.