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Roland S. Martin | Bio
CNN Political Analyst
Can we just call white voters white voters?
OK, I'm not trying to be the race guy, but these labels are driving me nuts!
Earlier today CNN aired a piece on Joe Sixpack, and not a single African American, Hispanic or Asian was interviewed.
Now, do these groups drink six packs? Yep. But don't we know that Palin isn't talking to them? Yep. So why not just say it?
We even played a soundbite of Palin saying Joe Sixpack and hockey moms. Trust me, she's not speaking to anyone who looks like me!
But there are other terms that have been thrown around by candidates, political strategists and the media, and no one wants to be honest as to who we are talking about.
Wal-mart moms. Soccer moms. NASCAR dads. Small town America.
Seriously. Read all of those phrases, and when you think of who candidates, political strategists and the media are talking about, who immediately comes to mind? I can tell you no one black, Hispanic or Asian!
So, can we just stop the nonsense and say, all at once – WHITE AMERICANS.
I just think it's so obvious, but it as if we – the collective media – just doesn't want to say it.
But to further explain the Joe Sixpack stuff, I saw an interview on American Morning with with Jackie and Dunlap, two redneck comedians. So essentially we're going to two country white guys to define Joe Sixpack. Need we say anything more as to who Joe Sixpack is?
Now they were hilarious, and I love 'em – got Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy on my iPod – but it's as if the white elephant is in the room and we close our eyes and act like it's not there.
See, if we're discussing black, Hispanic and female voters, we just say, "black, Hispanic and female." But we try to be cute and not say what we really mean.
Lastly, can someone tell me the last time you heard McCain or Palin say inner city? Maybe those aren't the voters they care about.
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