Posted by: Nathan Schulzke | February 20, 2010

Racial Tones?

From the NYT, predictably enough.

How can conservatives win the youth vote that overwhelmingly went for Barack Obama in 2008? At the Conservative Political Action Conference, apparently, some are betting on using racial stereotypes.

She doesn’t quite get around to explaining what those stereotypes were.  She does criticize a lot of the other things he said.  This one here is particularly funny:

He then mocked what he described, with a Chris Rock voice, as “diversity,” including, he said, college classes on “cyber feminism” and “what it means to be a feminist new black man.”

First of all, both of those classes deserve to be mocked.  Second, what she describes as a Chris Rock voice (one of her “racial tones”) is Mattera’s Brooklyn accent.  Both he and Chris Rock grew up in Brooklyn, and he uses the accent the entire time.  Probably doesn’t even know he’s using it.

Her only other “racial tone” is one sentence at the very end.

Can we save our generation from Obama zombies, he asked. He answered himself by borrowing the president’s campaign slogan: “Yes, my brothahs and sistahs. Yes we can!”

Really scary.  The leaving out of the ‘r’ at the end isn’t nearly as pronounced as the NYT makes it out to be.  Besides, can’t they take a joke?  It was Obama’s slogan after all, the guy who has a policy of being black.

Here’s the video of Mattera’s speech.  It’s worth watching.  The “Yes my brothers and sisters” part is at 8:00.



  1. […] tones continued In relation to my post the other day, Mattera has this posted on Breitbart’s Big Journalism: In the very first paragraph, Zernike […]

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