Gingrich's Strategy: Racism

In an excerpt from Take this Hammer (1963), James Baldwin speaks pointedly and thoughtfully about “Who is the Nigger?” In this explication of the racial slur now rendered taboo, Baldwin explains: “What you say about somebody else, anybody else, reveals you.” His examination asks his listeners to turn the racism and demonizing of people positioned […]

Calling a spade a spade.

A spade is a garden implement and the name of a suit of cards. At some point in time it also became a racial slur.  At that point, it became unacceptable to say, “Call a spade a spade.” What the phrase means speaks to the irony of it becoming politically incorrect. What it means is […]