Friday, September 18, 2009

Conservative Race Baiting 101

I rarely, if ever, comment on the Glenn Becks and Rush Limbaughs on this site. I see them more or less as sideshow entertainment for right-wing media conglomerates, used to keep us asleep, docile, and in prayer, while their business allies go before the Supreme Court and argue that corporate sponsorship of politics is a form of free speech.

I do not know or care to know Rush, after reading about his past exploits with synthetic heroin, Viagra-pumped sex tourist trysts, and acting like an all around louse with his ex-wives (which after the revelation of his propensity for Caribbean prostitutes it is perfectly understandable that they are ex-wives). When I was a kid, we used to call men like this bums (a term reserved not just for the unemployed but more often used to describe supposedly productive members of society who were wretches as people). Today, we pay these kinds of wretches millions of dollars to tell us how racist Sonia Sotomayor and Barack Obama are.

It turns out that Obama is also to blame for everything, including individual acts of violence committed by children on buses (amazing how forgiving they are of Bush for being in charge when 9/11 happened). And God forbid if the victim is white and the perp of a non-baize hue. Ole Rush has a message for all of you black kids in "Obama's America": To the back of the bus.

Limbaugh: We need segregated buses
Raw Story

In a remark extraordinary even by the standards of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing radio heavyweight declared on his program Wednesday that the United States needed to return to racially segregated buses.

Referring to an incident in which a white student was beaten by black students on a bus, Limbaugh said: “I think the guy’s wrong. I think not only it was racism, it was justifiable racism. I mean, that’s the lesson we’re being taught here today. Kid shouldn’t have been on the bus anyway. We need segregated buses — it was invading space and stuff. This is Obama’s America.”

A full transcript of Limbaugh’s comments on his radio show is available at

Limbaugh’s comments came after a called complained to say that local law enforcement said the attack probably wasn’t racially motivated. The incident had been hyped by the conservative Drudge Report, which posted a video of the fracas.

“Police initially said the beating of the white student by two black students appeared to be racially motivated,” the Associated Press wrote. “But police on Tuesday backed away from that.”

That didn’t stop Limbaugh from making his comments Wednesday.

“In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering, ‘Yay, right on, right on, right on, right on,” Limbaugh also said. “I wonder if Obama’s going to come to come to the defense of the assailants the way he did his friend Skip Gates up there at Harvard.”

“White Americans are racists who have created what they call free markets that really just enslave the rest of America and her trading partners,” Limbaugh also mocked. “I mean, it was white Americans that ran off Van Jones. No, look, let’s just follow Eric Holder’s advice and not be cowards about all this. Let’s have an open conversation, an honest conversation about all of our typical white grandmothers. You had one, I had one. Obama had one. They’re racists just like our students are. ACORN — hey, nothing but racism fueling the pursuit of ACORN.”

Apparently, if you are black, get shot by the police, or beaten half to death by them, it is your fault. But low and behold, one white kid gets a beat down (as wrong and criminal as it was), and the entire edifice of racial integration needs to be stopped. Remember how conservatives responded with a near eruption about the charge from ex-President Jimmy Carter that the opposition to President Obama from the right is based in large part on racism? Can there be any doubt that much of what Carter said is true? Could any of you imagine Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh noting or calling for discrimination against whites after an African American female Army officer was attacked and assaulted in front of her 7 year old daughter at the entrance of a restaurant in Georgia by a white male, who heaped racial taunts on this poor lady while he was beating her? You see, for the "post-racist" right it is only racism when the victim is white.

Am I not the only one who finds it odd that white conservatives will complain about Al Sharpton or anyone who is black that dares to complain about racism as "using the race card," and opposing affirmative action on the grounds that it racially discriminates (indeed, the rationale behind their viewpoint on the issue is that race should never be considered for anything in American life), but then transform into the most vociferously race-conscious bigots when someone who looks like them gets beaten up in one incident? If this is what has become of modern American conservatism, reversion to open racism and calls for segregation, what does this say about the Republican Party that is a repository for this kind of thought?

Just to give another example of this post-election stupidity, from a blue state where Republicans tend to be more moderate: a full one-third of Republicans in New Jersey think the President of the United States was not born in the U.S. Another sixth think he is, drum roll, the anti-Christ. Yes, the anti-Christ. This means if you encounter a Republican in New Jersey, there's a one in three chance he or she will think Obama is a foreigner and one in six that he is the last horseman of the apocalypse.

It is a long way from Russell Kirk.

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