It's amazing how racist you're allowed to be when talking about blacks–as long as they're blacks in the GOP.

Campus Reform reports:

Ivy League prof. calls Ben Carson a ‘coon’

University of Pennsylvania Professor Anthea Butler called Presidential Candidate Ben Carson a “coon” for claiming that people have the right to display Confederate flags on private property.

“If only there was a ‘coon of the year’ award…” Professor Butler tweeted in response to another tweet linking to a Sports Illustrated article in which Carson was quoted defended the right of NASCAR fans to fly Confederate flags during races.

“Swastikas are a symbol of hate for some people too … and yet they still exist in our museums and places like that,” Carson observed during the event in North Carolina with NASCAR legend Richard Petty. “If it’s a majority of people in that area who want it to fly, I certainly wouldn’t take it down,” he added, noting that NASCAR races are held on private property.

Nice going, Prof. Butler! I thought the Ivy League was supposed to be classy.


Prof. Butler’s Penn web page indicates that she not only has tenure as an associate professor but chairs the graduate division of Penn’s department of religious studies. I thought religious people were supposed to be above calling other people nasty names.

Prof. Butler also has a new book out, according to her web page: The Gospel According to Sarah: How Sarah Palin’s Tea Party Angels Are Galvanizing the Religious Right.

I haven’t read the book, of course, but if Butler’s remark about Carson is any guide, expect her to call Palin a “broad”—or actually, something a lot worse.