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“Socialist” is a “code word for black”?

Liberal conspiracy theorists are getting more and more delusional.

According to Lewis Diuguid, a columnist for the Kansas City Star, socialist is “an old code word for black”.

The only “evidence” that Mr. Diuguid provides to support this bizarre etymology is that J. Edgar Hoover, former director the Federal Bureau of Investigation, “used the term liberally [!] to describe African Americans who spent their lives fighting for equality”.

Actually, socialism is an economic theory that emphasizes state control of the means of production and distribution of goods in pursuit of an apparently egalitarian society. This theory has gained (mostly unwitting) acceptance in the United States since the Progressive Era of the late 1800s. Its greatest successes are the imposition of the graduated income tax and the creation of the welfare state.

h/t Virginia Virtucon

5 thoughts on ““Socialist” is a “code word for black”?

  1. If I can tell what your agenda is, then you’re not being balanced. There’s enough propaganda in the world, just be honest . . .

  2. It’s unbelievable the lengths people will go to try and CREATE a point. It’s absurd.

    How about ‘Hockey Mom’ being a racist term? Give me a break.

    Now, I don’t like McCain/Palin – but I find these kinds of attacks to be fairly dangerous to free speech… And I definitely echo the above comment in regards to George Orwell. Can you say ‘rolling over in his grave’?

  3. Actually, Orwell was writing about his own time.

    The 8 and the 4 in 1984 were transposed to give it a futuristic setting, but the urges to redact history and shape behavior through framing language was already there.

    I shudder to think what he would actually say about the current state of affairs. His book was meant as a cautionary tale, and today it is being treated as a primer.

  4. We’re living in an age where words almost mean nothing; double-speak abounds, and the progressives really think they can simply make the langage mean whatever they want it to mean. This makes it increasingly more difficult to have an intelligent, productive conversation about anything.

    I wonder what George Orwell would say now, if he could see so much of his novel coming to life.

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