(The Root) — The old race card is being used in a whole new way in Nevada politics. Or perhaps it’s not the race card but the black card. Last week, opponents of one African-American candidate for office seemed to be aiming to rescind his by accusing him of faking his race.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that, in an attempt to defend himself after poorly received comments about his strategy for locking in the black vote (he touted his ties to basketball as evidence that he could relate to African Americans), Republican congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian had a pretty inflammatory assessment of the campaign strategy of Steven Horsford, the state’s first African-American Senate majority leader.
Tarkanian said in remarks to a GOP club: “We could be like Steven Horsford, who’s not doing anything with that community and, you know, pretend we’re black and maybe try to