I’d say the racist dog whistles were already blowing after Joe Biden announced his VP election, but dog whistling seems far too subtle a sound for what Barry Presgraves, the Mayor of Luray, Virginia, has about Kamala Harris did. According to NBC NewsPresgraves wrote a post on Facebook saying that Joe Biden “just announced Aunt Jemima” as his runner-up. He has since “apologized” by posting this tweet:
And also this statement:
“I would also like to apologize directly to all people of skin color and women. Passing humiliating and worn-out racist stereotypes as humor is not funny. I now fully understand how hurtful it is and I can and will do better and we can everyone is doing better. We have to. “
What the hell was that part in the end? “We can all do better. We have to?” I mean yes we can Everyone is doing better, but it’s kind of weird to get a Rah-Rah speech about what everyone else needs to work on from a man who has just publicly compared a vice-presidential candidate to one a caricature of a racial stereotype. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, of course Presgraves refuses to resign, but you probably could have guessed it by the time he tweeted, “I thought it was humorous. SORRY !!!” finished. like a high school girl casting shadows on her enemy for being with her ex-boyfriend.
However, this is just a drop on the proverbial piss-bucket of racism and sexism that Harris will have to face in the coming months and which will be particularly pronounced in the coming days. Here are just a few examples: