Fox News contributor Juan Williams recently wrote that "[t]he language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message," citing such phrases as "entitlement society," "food stamp president," and "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants. But this language is not contained to GOP candidates; Williams' colleagues at Fox News routinely employ or echo these "racial code words."
Williams Notes GOP Employs "Code Words" To Deny "Responsibility For ... Racial Content"
Williams: "Code Words" Such As "Food Stamp President" Are Used By GOP To Deny "Responsibility For The Racial Content" Of Their Message. In a January 30 column in The Hill, Fox News contributor Juan Williams noted that GOP politicians use "code words" to "deny any responsibility for the racial content" of their message. Williams cited phrases such as "entitlement society," "food stamp president," and "amnesty" as examples of "[t]he language of GOP racial politics." From The Hill:
Race is always a trigger in politics, but now a third of the nation are people of color -- and their numbers are growing. With those minorities solidly in the Democratic camp and behind the first black president, the scene is set for a bonanza of racial politics.
The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. The code words in this game are "entitlement society" -- as used by Mitt Romney -- and "poor work ethic" and "food stamp president" -- as used by Newt Gingrich. References to a lack of respect for the "Founding Fathers" and the "Constitution" also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core "old-fashioned American values."
The code also extends to attacks on legal immigrants, always carefully lumped in with illegal immigrants, as people seeking "amnesty" and taking jobs from Americans.
But the code sometimes breaks down. [The Hill, 1/30/12]