I’ve heard a fair number of Dopers accuse McCain and Palin of closet racism over the last couple of months. Some people appear positive that impulsive McCain or ruthless Palin is going to cut loose with some racial slurs any minute now, or if not now, perhaps during a concession speech. [I don’t know if anyone believed the “Sambo beat the bitch” story, but the fact that it got discussed at all may illustrate my ponit.] I remember one Doper basically suggesting that Cindy McCain is probably a racist because she just sorta seems like one, being the upper-class type.
So here’s my question: WHAT THE HELL IS THE BASIS FOR ALL THIS? I know they’re running against a black candidate, and I know there has been some racism from supporters and even low level campaign functionaries. But that’s not the same as speculating that the candidates themselves are racists. So, if you have a feeling they actually are, please tell me why that’s so.
The way I see it, people are just throwing this around casually to establish superiority. I think it’s gross and wrong. While I’ve heard it said that McCain harbors prejudice against Asians - and I don’t mean to overlook that failing - I don’t think it applies to this election where he is running against a black man.
I’ll try to dig up some posts that support what I’m saying here, but it may be hard. Still, I’ve seen enough of this that I wonder where it comes from.