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Dog-whistling 'Dixie' over and over is wearing thin

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After the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, a columnist at Salon expressed his wish for a Caucasian villain, and he did get his wish — not a blond, blue-eyed Nazi or Bull Connor wannabe, but a Chechen from the actual Caucasus, an immigrant, and a Muslim, and the deflation was visible. After Gates-gate, when Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested and handcuffed in his own...

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