Journalist Bob Herbert: ‘No question’ Romney using coded language

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 23:27 EDT
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Former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert said Wednesday night that there was “no question” Mitt Romney’s repeated use of the word “foreign” to describe President Barack Obama was about race.

“Lee Atwater explained it,” Herbert remarked. “He said that in the early days of the southern strategy, you could come out and use the bigoted term, you could say the n-word over and over again and pound it and get, you know, the segregationist bloc to come out and you would win those votes.”

“But after awhile… you can’t keep pounding that theme over and over again. You have to use other terms, code words. Now with Barack Obama as president, the code words are ‘foreign,’ perhaps ‘Muslim,’ maybe ‘not Christian.’ It all means not one of us and what they mean by ‘us’ is a certain kind of white person. But I don’t believe that that’s the prevailing opinion or prevailing view among whites in the United States in 2012. I think that it’s a losing theme in this election.”

Herbert said the country had become less and less bigoted during his lifetime. He predicted those who tried to use racism to their advantage would fail.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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