Monday, August 21, 2006

An Exciting Inflection Point in American Politics

You may have heard that Senator George Allen (R-Va) recently called a South Asian American staffer of his opponent Macaca. The use of this racial slur has been well documented in Virginian and national media. The first polling since the reports of the Macaca incident have come out.

The polling before the incident showed that Allen was ahead of the main challenger, Democrat Jime Webb, by 11 points.

Since the racial slur how many points is Allen ahead?

a) 17

b) 14

c) 11

d) 8

e) 5


The answer is a pleasant surprise. 5! This is good news. When Senators make racial slurs, it is now bad for politics. A step in the right direction indeed.

[hat tip-politicalwire]

4 Comments:

At 8/21/2006 , Blogger bpteutsch said...

Sen Allen basically taught this term to all of us. Is it common among younger people? I had never heard of it before.

 
At 8/21/2006 , Blogger BZ said...

I had never heard it before, but apparently it's used in Francophone Africa. Allen's mother is from Tunisia.

 
At 8/22/2006 , Blogger ZT said...

it was framiliar to many of my south asian friends from college though I hadn't hear it previously.

i find Rob Corddry's analysis compelling. When asked, on the daily show, whether it was an ethnic slur, he replied "i don't know, but it sure as shit sounds like one, doesn't it?"

 
At 9/02/2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news, except it turns out that George Allen may be Jewish. http://www.forward.com/articles/alleged-slur-casts-spotlight-on-senator%e2%80%99s-jewis/

 

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