Again, with the Beckster, I wonder if all those white folks who loved and raised Obama from the time he was a wee bebe knew he hated their immortal souls? I mean, does he hate the white half of himself? Does he, in fact, call himself white racial slurs out of malice? When he does bad things or makes mistakes does he blame “the whitey within?” Um … PUH-LEAZE!
Here’s the NAACP’s statement:
We deplore the statement of Glenn Beck on Fox and Friends that President Obama is a “racist.”
Mr. Beck’s statement was irresponsible and inflammatory at a time when as a nation we are attempting to engage in a constructive dialogue on race. Beck’s statements are an attempt to divide when we need to be united, an attempt to inflame with rhetoric when we need to discuss with thoughtfulness the serious question of race. It is a futile effort to distract from the serious issues of health care, the economy and the environment – issues that President Obama is tackling with foresight and fortitude.How could the President be a racist? A man of both African American and white heritage; a man who inspired millions of Americans to unite across the divide of race, religion and age in his historic run for the presidency. We commend President Obama for having the courage to discuss an issue that all too many Americans consider a third rail. We applaud President Obama for extending the invitation to Henry Louis Gates and Sgt. James Crowleyto have a respectful dialogue as a way to open the door for all of us to begin a conversation that ultimately can lead to healing the racial divide.Mr. Beck’s hate filled comments, on the other hand, would take us back to the days of enmity and division. We hope that rather than following the example of Mr. Beck, the American people will embrace the example of President Obama and be willing to sit down and discuss the tough question of race with the hope of finally healing the painful divide that has haunted our nation for far too long.
Many of my own commenters have noted, some with surprised, that among white Americans being called a racist is one of the worst things you can say (or be). This really shouldn’t be a shock since insanely overt racism was largely driven underground after the Civil Right Movement. By overt, I mean having the comfort to drop a “Martin Luther Coon … I mean King” on national television. That kind of overt. Where Strom Thurmon could flat out say he didn’t want “niggers” in his swimming pool on the radio. Balls to the walls, “eff-you, darkies!” racism.
Considering how shameful and violent America’s racist past is you can kind of see why “racist” is a fighting word among white people. I can still remember how during Klan rallies in St. Louis more white people showed up to protest the Klan than black people. And St. Louis is a city with serious race problems, but still … nobody wanted the Klan there.
The Klan is embarassing to most white people (along with being highly offensive). That’s why they went from a membership of Congressmen and judges to yokels and nobodies. Even if you ARE a racist, you don’t want to be associated with “racists.” Which is why Beck, et al, are quick to call others racists, throwing stones to hide their own prejudices. That’s why someone like Pat Buchanan is so wonderfully amazing in his unicorn-like ability to say something to the effect of “I’m trying to protect the white man” with a straight face, mean it and not be afeared that the boogeyman will get him for being so … well … you know.
That said, I’m pretty sure the only thing worst than being a public bigot among white people is “child molester.” And if you’re a racist child molester … God help you. Even Klansmen hate child molesters. You’re not going to have ANY friends in prison.