We have seen the same thing coming from the national stage as well:
"At issue was a statement Gingrich made weeks earlier, that if invited to speak at the NAACP he would urge the African-American community to 'demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.' Mr. Williams—who works for Fox News—asked Mr. Gingrich if his use of such language wasn't 'intended to belittle the poor and racial minorities.' The modern day southern crackers, in the audience, roundly and rudely booed Williams. And none of the Republican candidates said anything against Gingrich’s racist characterization of the welfare issue, or, with the treatment of Mr. Williams by those in their base. Their silence—to that shameful, hateful display— tells us that Republicans will appeal to, and, appease racists for political expedience." http://blackstarnews.com/news/135/ARTICLE/7910/2012-01-20.html
Okay so what can be derived from these two articles, a couple of things. First that the race card is being used to undermine the conservative shift in this country. As much as the Democrats are loathe to admit it, that is exactly what is happening:
This poll was done in 2009, and the shift is continuing:
"The growth in the percentage of independents who lean Republican has been accompanied by an uptick in the proportion who describe their views as conservative. Currently, 36% of independents say they are conservative, up from 29% in 2006. Over the same period, the proportion of independent who are moderates declined from 46% to 43%, while the number describing themselves as liberal edged downward two points (from 18% to 16%)" http://www.people-press.org/2010/09/23/section-3-trends-in-party-affiliation/ from 2010.
My second hypothesis is much more sinister and telling. Race-bating is a Democratic tool. When a "hard-work" ethic is said to be racist than there is a racial undertone that the racial minorities are against hard work. Remember this is coming from the Democrats who have historically had "compassion" for the racial minorities.
Let me dig into this deeper. Juan Williams and Gwen Moore are both actually undermining the black population and showing their in-born racism through their question. What is happening here is the idea that all blacks are on food stamps. The only way Obama being called the "Food Stamp President" is a racist statement would be if the black population were the only recipients of food stamps. The fact is that blacks may make up a large percentage, but there is a sizable percentage of white poor also on food stamps.
What I am getting to here is to say the jump from the simple number to using the race card is the step at which the actual racism is happening. When Juan Williams and Gwen Moore call the Republicans out for being racist, the actual racism has taken place by themselves. Think about it. If I were to say that having a loud stereo is a characteristic of the black population, I have taken the racist step right there. For me to characterize noise ordinances as racist would mean that I have taken the racist step, not those who have voted for noise ordinances.