Emmett Till ~ Dangerous Tropes in Current American Politics
From my perspective, a couple of things are important about this. First, let's suppose that in his comment about lipstick and pigs Obama did mean to improvise on Palin's acceptance speech remark about pit bulls and and 'hockey moms.' That is not believable, but let's entertain the possibility just for argument sake. Once we make that assumption it is useful to remember, it was, after all, Sarah herself who first drew the analogy between she and an animal. At the risk of being un-PC, pigs are way smarter and more hygienic than dogs.
Second, and more seriously, if we want to play on unsavory cultural tropes, what are we to make of a bunch of white folks getting apoplectic about a black man insulting a white woman. Have none off these Republicans ever heard of Emmett Till? (Come to think of it, probably not. But before all my right-wing hecklers write in to complain, please remember that you were very likely in full support of Clarence Thomas when he invoked a very similar analogy during the Anita Hill fracas.) Here is our first black Presidential candidate having to defend himself against charges of besmirching the honor of a white woman. Who says we've transcended race? It is so deeply ingrained in American culture and politics that we don't even see it.