Fox News recently showcased another example of why white Americans need to check their privilege. In a heated conversation between David Bossie, former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump, and Democratic strategist Joel Payne, Bossie used a common turn of phrase that has a deep history of racism.
The debate centered around Trump's immigration policies with Payne making the point that Trump uses coded race baiting when addressing his core supporters. Payne said:
You don’t have to be a golden retriever to hear all the dog whistles coming out of the White House these days.
It was then Bossie shot back:
You’re out of your cotton-picking mind.
There are many phrases that are rooted in a racist past, like "selling up the river," "getting gypped," and yes, "cotton picking mind." Several of these terms have become such a part of American language, people often don't know or don't care about their history. This is why it is crucial for people to do their research and understand how hateful these words can be.