Paterson explained, "I think where there are overtones is when there are uses of language that are designed to inhibit other people's progress with a subtle reference to their race."
Paterson gives Republicans credit for their intelligence. He says that the GOP "is too smart to call Barack Obama 'black' in a sense that it would be a negative" so instead they call him a "community organizer," which, of course, means black. Then those racist Republicans "kept saying it [and] they kept laughing."
Why is it racist to refer to a candidate as a "community organizer" when, in fact, he was? And why is it okay for The Nation or U.S. News & World Report to refer to Obama as a "community organizer" but when Sarah Palin did it it was obviously a veiled reference to his race?
It is not, by any means, racist to quote a man's resume.
And, by the way, is there anyone on the planet who doesn't already know that Barack Obama is black? Even if the Republican National Convention was the political equivalent of a Klan meeting, which apparently the governor of New York believes, why would Sarah Palin need tell anybody there about Obama's race?
Without grounds, Governor Paterson and the rest of our friends on the left should keep their accusations to themselves.