By Lori Ziganto and Jenn Q. Public
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, we heard relentlessly about how Barack Obama would usher in the era of Post-Racial America. Upon his Presidential nomination and subsequent election, it reached a fever pitch, with every speech he made being lauded as the second coming of Martin Luther King, Jr. In reality, not so much. In fact, the reality was almost the antithesis of Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream – instead of being about character, everything became about the color of one’s skin.
Not a fan of “universal” health care? Racist! Approve of Arizona’s law attempting to stop the tide of illegal immigration? Racist! Disagree with President Obama on economic policy? Racist. Also, George Bush. The demagoguing of American citizens reached heretofore unknown epic levels.
It’s easy to understand why, once you realize it is a case of the Left not only protesting too much, but projecting too much. The Left’s own bigotry came out in full and disgusting display. If you want to understand what the Left believes and what they are doing at any given time, just look toward what they accuse others of doing. With all their crying and moaning about what they ‘ inherited’ from President Bush, there is one thing I do wish they had “inherited” — A desire to get rid of the “soft bigotry of lowered expectations.” Instead, those on the Left foment it.
It’s nearly impossible to narrow the list down, but here are ten remarks made by the “tolerant” left, which exemplify their own underlying bigotry.
1) Harry Reid Shows His True, and Racist, Colors
I don’t know if Harry Reid’s ivory tower is padded, but it should be. In January of this year, the king demagoguer had his own hypocritical mask ripped off upon the release of the book Game Change. An excerpt from the book, detailing a private conversation with Harry Reid, exposes what he truly believes, away from the cover of his public facade:
On page 37, a remark, said “privately” by Sen. Harry Reid, about Barack Obama’s racial appeal. Though Reid would later say that he was neutral in the presidential race, the truth, the authors write, was that his “encouragement of Obama was unequivocal. He was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” as he said privately. Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama’s race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination.
“Oh, look! He sure does talk purty! For a black guy and all.” How vile. It also means that your race card is no longer accepted, Harry Reid. The above remarks are truly racist, as opposed to the race card-y Racist ™. Bigoted and offensive, but not surprising. The only thing that really surprises me is that they didn’t garner Harry Reid the vice president spot. I mean, Joe Biden must be rather pleased with himself for going one further and calling President Obama “clean and articulate.”
This wasn’t the only exposure of Harry Reid’s bigotry this year. Earlier this month, he contemptuously mocked those of Hispanic heritage who would dare to refuse to walk in lock-step with Democrats:
Watch Reid sneer: “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.”
Think independently? That’s unheard of! Harry Reid’s private comments show the truth that only the willfully ignorant refuse to understand. It is the Left who sees color everywhere, and in everything. They are grossly diminishing true acts of real racism with their willy-nilly tossing about of the Racist card and they are diminishing and demeaning the entire Civil Rights movement by incessantly hurling the race card to further political agendas, all the while betraying themselves with these constant, blatant “misspeaks.”
2. Bill Maher: Obama’s Not Acting Like a “Real Black President”
Last year “Real Time” host Bill Maher told Joe Scarborough, “I would never say that all Republicans are racist — that’s ridiculous and wrong — but if you’re a racist in America today you’re probably a Republican.”
Mm hmm. Unless, of course, you’re a repellent, race-obsessed “progressive” hack named Bill Maher. The professional political jester demolished his own inane canard in May 2010 when he took to national television to lament that Barack Obama isn’t a “real black president.”
I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president. You know, this [BP oil spill] is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt where you can see the gun in his pants. That’s — (in black man voice) we’ve got a ‘motherfu**ing problem here?’ Shoot somebody in the foot.
In Maher’s repulsive estimation, a “real” black person is a foul-mouthed, gun-toting hoodlum. Or as Greg Gutfeld observed, “He wants a novelty black – once seen in 1970’s cop shows, selling reefer and hookers.” Quite the connoisseur of African-American authenticity, don’t you think?
It doesn’t matter that the president is a man of means and education who knows no more about street thuggery than Maher himself. Obama’s skin color eclipses everything else and Maher is utterly unable to process the president’s actions without placing them in the comfortable context of a racial stereotype.
Maher is yet another so-called liberal who believes his “progressive” street cred entitles him to spew blatantly racist bile without compunction. And his history as a comedian-turned-commentator affords him an extra layer of insulation from accusations of bigotry. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. He was totally joking. It couldn’t possibly be that like many a dutiful leftist, his immersion in identity politics leads him to view the president as a racial failure instead of an individual one.
3. Barbara Boxer: ‘Those People” Should All Think Alike.
Barbara Boxer, Ma’am, not only sanctions infanticide, but she sanctions racism. In a new version of the vile “y’all look alike’ bigotry, Barbara Boxer displays the disgusting belief that all people in the Left’s little boxed up identity groups must all think the same way. They can’t possibly think on their own, you see.
Barbara Boxer is shocked and full of disbelief over the very idea that Harry Alford, the chair of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, actually disagrees with the NAACP and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta. How can this be? Oh, no, this doesn’t suit – race politics is the Left’s bread and butter!
This is the most dangerous and harmful kind of racism, as it is insidious and stealth. They praise Martin Luther King, Jr, yet they never, ever heed his words. They always judge first by the color of someones skin and not the content of their character. All they see is a black man daring to break out of the box they made for him.
4. Jeremiah Wright Blames “Them Jews” For Keeping Him From Obama
President Obama once introduced the Reverend Jeremiah Wright as “a friend … and a great leader … not just in Chicago but across the country.” But to many of us, just the name of Obama’s longtime pastor evokes caustic images of anti-American, racially divisive Marxist rhetoric booming from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ.
So is it Americans’ distaste for Wright’s radical black liberation theology that keeps the president from having his trusted spiritual advisor over to the White House for dijon-dressed arugula? No, silly, it’s “them Jews” of course! In a June 2009 interview, Wright explained why he was no longer in touch with Obama:
“Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me,” Wright said. “I told my baby daughter that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office. …
Wright went on to offer the Hamas perspective on the Obama administration’s Middle East policy:
Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza. Ethnic cleansing (by) the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don’t want Barack talking like that because that’s anti-Israel.
Oh, but don’t worry. Like all professional bigots, the good reverend publicly clarified his anti-Semitic remarks about “them Jews”:
“I’m not talking about all Jews, all people of the Jewish faith, I’m talking about Zionists… I’m talking about facts, historical facts. I’m not talking about emotionally charged words.
“They can jump on that phrase if they want to,” he said, “but they can’t undo history and they can’t undo the fact of Jewish historians and Jewish theologians who write about what’s going on.”
A more carefully scripted apology was later posted on Facebook. The president’s former spiritual mentor stayed under the radar for a while, resurfacing in June 2010 with more incendiary bigotry about the nefarious motives of whites and Jews.
By the way, just so we’re clear, you’re still a RAAAAACIST! if you point out the radical ideology and foul bigotry of this man Obama was proud to call “friend” for 20 years. Stick to the MSNBC talking points and you should be fine.
5. Chris Matthews’ Leg Tingle Goes to His Brain. Also, Pot, Meet Kettle.
There have been many occasions where Chris Matthews has displayed the fact that his “leg tingle” has moved into his brain, or what passes for some semblance of one. Chris Matthews actually gives me a reverse tingle. He’s like saltpeter, only for dames. In any event, his projection is extreme. He incessantly calls those who disagree with him and his unrequited love, President Obama, racists. Yet, his inherent racism has been exposed countless times.
For months, he has been accusing the “tea baggers” (I think that word makes him tingle, too) of not being diverse enough. Gee, Chris, have you not taken a look around your own network?
The most egregious example of Chris Matthew’s bigotry, however, was evidenced the night of President Obama’s State of the Union address, as follows:
“…I was trying to think about who he was tonight. And, it’s interesting he is post-racial, by all appearances. You know I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country, and passed so much history in just a year a year or two. It’s something we don’t even think about. I was watching, I say, wait a minute, he’s an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people. And here he is President of the United States, and we’ve completely forgotten that tonight.”
Wow. The only thing missing is throwing in a little “I forgot because he’s so light-skinned and he didn’t use his negro dialect.” As we know from Harry Reid, that is evidently totally cool to say. This is just more proof positive that true racism, those who only see color, is on the Left. Newsflash, Chrissy: We don’t think of him as black or white. We don’t “notice his color”.
We just notice that he stinks. We notice his woeful incompetence and his, frankly, disturbingly egotistical personality traits. You know, that whole character thing.
All I have to say, really, is: Dude, your racism is totally showing. Straight up.
6. Donny Deutsch: Marco Rubio Is A “Coconut”
Donny Deutsch imagines himself an enlightened “progressive.” But his supposedly liberal values don’t extend to viewing Latinos as individuals capable of independent political thought. In February 2010, the frequent MSNBC contributor trotted out a vile and despicable ethnic slur on HLN’s “Joy Behar Show.” During a segment on the Tea Party movement, Deutsch referred to Cuban-American Republican senatorial candidate Marco Rubio as “this coconut Rubio down in Florida.”
Deutsch later claimed ignorance of the “brown on the outside, white on the inside” implications of the word “coconut.
Deutsch replied on his Twitter account Tuesday night that he was unaware it was a racially-insensitive term.
“I said ‘coconut’ meaning simple, goofy, bananas,” Deustch tweeted. “Wasn’t even aware it could be a racially charged word.”
But as Big Journalism‘s Humberto Fontova points out, this kind of derogatory language is hardly shunned by the leftist media.
In settings like MSNBC (but usually backstage) the term coconut (brown on the outside white on the inside) is generally used to castigate “Hispanics” who ignore marching orders barked by Democratic/MSM drill sergeants—same as “Oreo” for similarly uppity blacks.
To so-called liberals like Donny Deutsch, Marco Rubio and the many other conservative Cuban-Americans are an affront to the idea that Democrats have a permanent lock on the Latino vote. As Fontova explains, “these unspeakable Cuban-Americans simply will not see the light—simply will not politically assimilate.”
There are few things more offensive to the professional Left than a member of a racial or ethnic voting bloc who ignores marching orders and Deutsch is no exception. His only mistake was believing that his allegiance to the Left gave him license to spout his bigotry in front of the cameras without repercussions.
7. Oliver Stone: Hitler Would Be Totally Awesome, If It Wasn’t For The Joos
Oliver Stone proves that not only is it impossible to squeeze blood from a stone, it is also impossible to squeeze brains from Oliver Stone, as indicated in several recent interviews about his upcoming alleged documentary Secret History of America. According to Stone, Hitler has been taken out of context. By, you know, those pesky Jews.
The Sunday Times interviewer then asked why there was such a focus on the Holocaust.
“The Jewish domination of the media,” responded Stone. “There’s a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years.”
If not for the “Jewish domination of the media” we could just forget about that whole Holocaust thing. No big whoop. It’s more important to put Hitler and Stalin “in context”, according to Stone. He had this to say about that earlier this year:
Director Oliver Stone’s upcoming Showtime documentary miniseries “Secret History of America” promises to put mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler ”in context.” ”Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy — these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history,” Stone told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena…
We can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good.’ Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and its been used cheaply. He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect … People in America don’t know the connection between WWI and WWII … I’ve been able to walk in Stalin’s shoes and Hitler’s shoes to understand their point of view. We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions … Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM.
Um, Oliver? The “context” is that Hitler and Stalin are evil and, you know, actual bad guys. That’s difficult for you to understand, I suspect, since you are a practitioner of moral relativism. Further, to you, there is no good or evil; everything is just “diverse cultures” and “self-expression” and such. The right kind only, of course, not like those marauding mobs of tea party attendees what with their peaceful assembly and redress of grievances. Plus, in your delusional mind, George W. Bush is the baddest bad guy ever. Well, and The Jews ™.
According to Stone and his fellow travelers, we can’t actually judge people by their horrific actions. Philistines! Liberalize your minds! Sorry, but I don’t wish to walk in Hitler’s shoes; if anything, I wish I could have shoved one where the sun don’t shine. Repeatedly.
He ended that interview by Godwinning himself, as always:
“Obviously, Rush Limbaugh is not going to like this history and, as usual, we’re going to get those kind of ignorant attacks,” said Stone, who also also compared the experience of sympathizing with war criminals to making his “W” movie about George W. Bush. “I’m trying to understand somebody I thoroughly despised.”
Geez Louise, has the comparing of George W. Bush to Hilter gotten old and tiresome. Dear Oliver Stone: try empathizing with reality, for once.
8. Helen Thomas: Israeli Jews Should Go Home to Poland and Germany
A seven decade career in journalism imploded in June 2010 when “progressive” darling Helen Thomas revealed her enthusiastically anti-Semitic side to a Long Island rabbi.
“Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people are occupied and it’s their land…not German and not Poland.”
“So, where should they go?”
“Go home. Poland, Germany.”
“So, you think the Jews should go back to Poland and Germany?”
“And America and everywhere else.”
Thomas knew the camera was rolling, but she didn’t care. It wasn’t senility or a momentary lapse in judgment; it was unfiltered honesty. She was so accustomed to her insular left-wing echo chamber that she never considered there might be repercussions for voicing her bigoted ideas about ethnically cleansing the Jews from Israel.
While nationwide outrage forced Thomas into a long overdue “early” retirement from the White House Press Corps, she’s not persona non grata in all circles. The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan plans to honor the fallen matriarch of the leftist media with a commissioned sculpture of her likeness. The museum director said it would be “unfair to scratch a whole history … because of a statement she made.”
Thomas’ “courageous, bold, honest and free opinion” was also saluted by Hezbollah.
9. Maureen Dowd Loses Final Grip on Sanity and Divulges That The Voices In Her Head Are Racist Ones
Last September, Maureen Dowd finally took that long walk off of the short pier of her sanity. After President Obama’s State of the Union address and Joe Wilson’s “You Lie” comment during the same, Dowd divulged that she hears voices in her head. And they are racist voices.
Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.
But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!
Why? Oh, because Wilson is a dude from South Carolina. And apparently South Carolina, where I live by the way, is teeming with Racists. Actually, Maureen Dowd would have you believe we are all racists here. Funny, but we aren’t the ones who hear the word “boy” when a black man is speaking.
Wilson clearly did not like being lectured and even rebuked by the brainy black president presiding over the majestic chamber.
Brainy? I have yet to see any evidence of that – in fact, all evidence points to the contrary. I don’t care about Obama’s birth certificate, but I really would like to see his school transcripts. I don’t really find the chamber all that “majestic” either. You see, Maureen, I don’t deify the Government, nor do I believe that its members are made up of Royalty.
And there we have it. Once again, the people constantly hurling the “Racist!” slur at others seem to be the people who only see color. What is that called, hmmm, Maureen?
Well aren’t you just precious, honey. Bless your heart. I understand that you are oh-so-esoteric and ivory tower ensconced, Maureen, so you may not understand simple Southern speak. Therefore, let me be clear — that isn’t racist, Maureen. But it does mean that you are an imbecilic, and bigoted, ass.
10. Janeane Garofalo: Non-White, Non-Male Republicans Are Mentally Ill Self-Loathers
If you’re a woman or person of color with the sheer audacity to identify as Republican, bigoted “actress” Janeane Garofalo insists you’re suffering from a mental disorder: Stockholm Syndrome. Heaven forfend a non-white person make voting decisions that aren’t rubber-stamped by the wise and oh-so enlightened Janeane Garofalo. As she told Keith Olbermann in February 2009, exercising independent thought is a huge no-no for women and blacks if they want to be considered mentally balanced.
After mentioning that former CNN anchor Daryn Kagan used to date Limbaugh, Garofalo cracked that Kagan has Stockholm Syndrome, which she also attributed to RNC Chairman Michael Steele, with Olbermann agreeing that Steele suffers from “self-loathing”:
JANEANE GAROFALO: She dated him, so either she suffers from Stockholm Syndrome – a lot like Michael Steele, who’s the black guy in the Republican party who suffers from Stockholm Syndrome, which means you try and curry favor with the oppressor.
KEITH OLBERMANN: Yes, you talk about self-loathing.
GAROFALO: Yeah, and there’s, any female or person of color in the Republican party is struggling with Stockholm Syndrome.
Ah, the tolerance of so-called liberals. Garofalo and her buddy Olbermann have no qualms about disparaging and vilifying non-white people and women who fail to march in perfect lockstep with the “progressive” agenda. A black Republican? Self-loathing! A conservative woman? Clearly mentally ill. The idea behind this very deliberate tactic is to use identity politics to shame people for voting their conscience. If your conscience doesn’t match their stereotype of how a person of your group identity should vote, it’s obviously time for you to seek help for a psychological affliction.
Garofalo’s absurd armchair diagnosis of millions of Americans is the very essence of bigotry.
(Originally posted at David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog)