What The Right Wing Really Means When They Say “Socialist”

• The racial hierarchy of America ceased being enforced by law in the 60s.

• Ever since, conservatives have turned to shorthand like ‘socilaist’ and ‘communist’ to smear minority leaders who posed a threat to their preferred social order.

• Obama represents the latest example to the right wing of blacks “rising above their station.”

• The right has even argued that for Obama’s parents, a mixed-race couple, to get together in the 60s, they MUST have been communist.

• This narrative informs other conservative arguments: instead of blaming the mortgage crisis on Wall Street, they put the blame on minorities upsetting the natural order by becoming homeowners.

What Right Wingers Mean When They Call Obama a "Socialist"