I do not think that Mitt Romney is racist, nor do I think he doubts the President’s place of birth. Yet Romney apparently wants the presidency badly enough to sing any tune, play to any fear, and stand on stage with any would-be demagogue for a few votes.
Finding the appropriate tenor for his speech must have been a delicate task for the President indeed. He had to challenge Republicans to adopt policy in such a way that made it seem impossible to argue against him. When speaking to the American people, Obama relied not on new rhetoric, but on the same, often contradictory, rhetorical tropes that had tremendous success in the 20th century.
While I see the value in reminding those with inherited privilege of their luck, there is a fine line between reminder and ridicule, and many I Saw You Privilege posts ended up on the wrong side of that line.
Professors from the Harvard School of Public Health and Brown University released a study on Monday pointing to a “potential causal relationship” between smoking during pregnancy and criminal behavior among offspring later in life.