My view is that racial metaphors are seldom appropriate in public discourse because they're so easily misinterpreted given the rawness that surrounds all things racial. Just because the context in which Clinton used the term may have seemed appropriate in the context in which she used it doesn't matter.
Robert A. George, a black Republican (!!!) who blogs at Ragged Thots, takes a hard line:
(Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish.)
The plantation rhetoric is the manipulation and exploitation of American racial tropes that are better of dead and buried. Yes, the left-wing will often use it against black conservatives. (We've been down that road before; no need to dredge all THAT fun stuff up again.) But that is hardly an excuse. This country will never move beyond its history until it decides to leave noxious racial references dead and buried -- especially on King's birthday.
Hillary Clinton is pandering shamelessly, yes. But, those on the right stamping their feet at her comments are deluding themselves if they think she is going to pay a price for it. She was speaking in front of a friendly (black, liberal,
) audience and that audience had no problem accepting her use of language against a group (House Republicans) that they hold in fairly high contempt. She was preaching to the choir. New York
In praying for an audience who will be as offended as they are at
's comments, conservatives are likely only to be heard by a choir of their own. Clinton