By speaking to a nearly all white audience while supposedly trying to appeal to African Americans…
Shelia Word

Probably closer to 2. in that he wasn’t aiming his remarks at African Americans at all, but to white people. But I don’t think he was bothering trying not to look like a racist. I think he was perpetuating stereotypes of blacks in order to comfort the racist thoughts of his white audience — blacks are all poor and unemployed, etc.

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