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The Rebirth of Birtherism! Perry & Trump's Unracist Thinking

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It's not easy to speak truth to power or long-form birth certificates. But Rick Perry is up for the challenge. Last week, when he was asked if he believed the president's birth certificate was real, Perry  responded, ""Well, I don't have a definitive answer... I don't know." Perry substantiated his doubt by citing scholar and intellectual heavy weight Donald Trump: "I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night... That came up... He doesn't think it's real."

Hallelujah ! We are witnessing... a revival... a reawakening... a renaissance... a rebirth of birtherism! Birtherism is being reborn. We are living a rebirtherism. And it is a  fun rebirth! Perry himself  explained this week that "It's fun to -- to poke... him a little bit and say, 'Hey, how about -- let's see your grades and your birth certificate.'" Let the good times roll!

Like birthers, these rebirthers are dismissed as using smear tactics. But people like Perry and Trump are the midwives of freedom, delivering a rebirth of birtherism, helping birtherism re-rear its beautiful head. The only thing these rebithers are smearing is a placenta of patriotism, all over the country.

Birthers are marginalized as  racists. But when it comes to Perry and Trump, race-card dealers are barking up the wrong and totally not racist tree. Just ask Donald Trump, who is keenly aware of his excellent rapport with black people: "I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks." He's so down with black people, he gets to call them "the blacks." Though he can't make the claim that some of his best friends are black, Trump can state that some of the people with who he has and has had a great relationship are black. And if that's not proof of non-racism, I don't know what is. Rick Perry's relationship with "the blacks" blows Trump's out of the (Wade in the*) water! Only a man with a lot of black friends gets away with calling his hunting camp "N*^#&$ Head Rock"! This guy has cred! And though he's too modest to say it, Perry has a very special relationship with "the blacks," and offers them that special southern hospitality; he provides them with shelter, food, routine and structure as they await their executions! Of the 321 people on death row in Texas,  126 are black. That's 41%, even though African Americans make up 11.8% of the population of Texas! Perry makes sure the blacks, disenfranchised and under-represented in so many ways for so long, are finally over-represented on death row.

*Some of my favorite songs are black!