Likewise, given the extent to which anti-Islam prejudice has made “Muslim” a stand-in for certain racial slurs, it’s not hard to see why 52 percent of Mississippi Republicans and 45 percent of Alabama Republicans would say that the president is a Muslim.
In fairness to Republicans in both states, the GOP as a whole has a problem with correctly identifying Barack Obama’s place of birth.
They want us to believe we live in an America completely different from the one that actually exists. Nearly two-thirds of Americans said it “would be fine” with them if a member of their own family were to marry someone outside their own racial or ethnic group, according to a 2012 Pew Research study.
In a most reasonable manner, General Mills asked to disable comments on the You Tube video featuring the spot. They want to plant seeds of doubt that we might actually live in a country in which a sizable proportion of the population takes issue with a biracial child and parents as controversial as whole grain oats.
The thing to remember about the Republicans in Deep South states like Alabama and Mississippi is that they are mostly older, lily white, and very conservative.
When you combine that with racial stratification and lingering resentment, it’s easy to see how 21 percent of Alabama Republicans and of Mississippi Republicans would say that interracial marriage should be illegal, according to the latest poll from Public Policy Polling.
Is it surprising that some took exception to this portrayal and posted hateful rhetoric in the comments of a You Tube video of the ad?
Part of the Internet’s function, in fact, might be as an anonymous release valve for society’s disgruntled, dislocated and disturbed.