Racist: “A person who believes in the doctrine of Racism, that a certain human race is superior to any or all others.”
Republicans vehemently reject the notion that their objection to President Barack Obama is racially motivated. The reigning king of hypocrites Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC ‘Morning Joe Show’, categorically rejects any notion that GOP opposition to the first black president has anything to do with racism.
In May, Scarborough went into one of his infamous rants and attacked West Virginia Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller for his comment that Republicans’ opposition to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is because they hate the black president. Senator Ron Johnson was the only Republican in the room at the time and took great offense to his remark.
“That’s one of the stupidest, most offensive things I’ve heard a sitting senator say. He owes Ron Johnson an apology,” Scarborough fumed. Of course his emotional outburst was exaggerated because he's savvy enough to know that his rants are regurgitated on the Huffington Post. In the past he penned Senator Harry Reid with the title of 'Saying the stupidest and most offensive thing Joe Scarborough has ever heard.'
Washington Post opinion writer Eugene Robinson defended Rockefeller by contending that “objectively” some of the opposition to President Obama is fueled by racism.
“Of course not all opposition to the president is fueled by race, but there is some of that out there,” Robinson claimed.
MSNBC resident Republican, who is paid over five-million-dollars a year to host a controversial three-hour morning show that relentlessly disparages and attacks the character of the Democratic President of The United States and his party, wasn’t buying that his party was a bunch of racists disguised as politicians in two-piece suits without their white hood.
"And unless I'm wrong, this is the first majority-white country that has ever elected a black person,” Scarborough continued with his diatribe.
One would conclude from his assertion that most whites supported Barack Obama for president, which is not true. Whites primarily vote Republican. A GOP candidate for president would garner the vast majority of white votes regardless of the race of the Democratic candidate. Scarborough fails to accept that the demographic of the electorate has changed and Barack Obama won because of historical turnout by African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, single white females, and young people. Scarborough tried to make it seem that he won because whites were gung-ho about having a black man in the White House. His tendency to have selective amnesia allows him the luxury of forgetting the racially motivated assault on candidate Obama by Fox News and the rest of the media when it came to the Reverend Wright saga.
Republicans like Scarborough view attacks on the GOP as liberal bullsh**. They like to point to Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, who signed an Executive Order (Proclamation) to free slaves who were not fighting on the side of the Union, and use it to attack Democrats for being the racists at that time. Republicans conveniently leave out that Lincoln was a reluctant warrior. He believed in the doctrine of white supremacy and was actually pressured to act because of rising opposition to slavery in congress and the country. He believed slaves had certain unalienable rights but they were not superior to whites. Meaning he was a racist by definition but did the right thing for the country. Republicans point to Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation as definitive proof that Republicans are not a bunch of racists. If you have to go back 151 years to prove that your party is not racist, then, well, you’re in deep denial about your party’s support for the doctrine of white supremacy over the last century.
We all know that not all Republicans view themselves as being superior to all other races, but we do know that all those who believe in the “doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others” vote Republican.
These far-right radicals have expressed in words and deed an intense fear and dislike of President Barack Hussein Obama because they perceive him as foreign and inferior to the white man. We see that play out in the press and on cable news and the networks.
In 2009, after he was elected, journalists, reporters, news producers all expected Barack Obama to fall flat on his face, and if he didn’t do it on his own, they were committed to being instrumental in unraveling his presidency for him. We know the Republicans held a meeting on inauguration night in 2009 to plot their unwavering opposition to the first black president. I wonder when and where did news executives and producers hold their meeting and unite in their opposition to him? We have heard claims by pompous Mark Halperin, a resident 'Morning Joe' hypocrite, turncoat Howard Kurtz, and the grandfather of hypocrisy Bill O'Reilly that the news media has turned against Barack Obama. They made that claim commenting on the 100% negative coverage President Obama gets across the media spectrum no matter how historic his actions are or how beneficial they are to the American people.
What our white male dominated corporate media fail to realize is that generally black men (except the 2 or 3 that vote Republican) know that white men see themselves as superior to black men in all things. With that in mind, when a black man takes a role that is traditionally played by a white man, he knows that he has to perform 100 times better than his white counterpart and even then he’s not given the same level of credit as that of a white man who might perform mediocre like Reagan and Clinton.
We know that the White House Press Corps has a sorted history of racism. Before 1944 black reporters were not allowed in presidential press conferences until Harry McAlpin, the first black reporter was allowed after President Roosevelt intervened. “To them, McAlpin was a threat, for he was not one of them: He was not white. And that one difference was enough to make the white journalism establishment battle to prevent McAlpin from attending White House press conferences.”
African Americans see the press’ treatment of the first black president in much the same way they treated Harry McAlpin (especially Fox News and the rest of Rupert Murdoch conglomerate of news organizations). Their coverage of him to their predominately white audience is that of a threat to white Americans and the doctrine of white supremacy.
There is a never-ending comparison of the black president to former white presidents. The GOP and their news media co-conspirators don’t accept him for the man that he is. One that by his own words and actions is fluid about who he is and what he would sacrifice politically and how far he's willing to go to make the toughest decisions for the good of the Country. That's not honorable enough for some in the media like Joe Scarbourgh (MSNBC), Jon Karl (ABC News), Andrea Mitchell (MSNBC), Chuck Todd (MSNBC), Chris Matthews (MSNBC), Ruth Marcus (Washington Post) or that bunch of liars and hypocrites on Fox News. I singled them out because they're amongst the most aggressive and bias in their criticism of Barack Obama. They don’t seem to feel comfortable with President Obama being his own man and using his own problem-solving strategies and communication skills. They prefer he walks in the footsteps of former white presidents or better yet, they would be ecstatic if he would let them lead him around by the nose. He can’t be seen as smarter than or smart as his white predecessors. In fact, he’s too damn smart for their liking. The GOP and the likes of opinion writer and staunch worshipper of all things Reagan Peggy Noonan characterize him as “uppity”, “arrogant”, and that “he thinks that he’s smarter than they are.” They would be right about being smarter than they are, and therein lies the problem they have with him.
In the world of white supremacy, the black man’s brain is smaller than the white man’s; therefore, rendering him intellectually inferior. President Obama is constantly attacked for everything that he says or does. It’s not that his policies are wrong, not workable, or radical. The press simply does not like that the black man is pushing the country toward being more equally yoked.
Joe Scarborough and his GOP ilk can bury their heads in the sand and deny that that their opposition to Barack Obama is not about his race but his policies, but history will certainly prove them wrong. Being wrong is not new to Scarborough because he’s wrong on issues most of the time.
White Americans, majority of them on the far-right and aligned with the Tea Party and some southern state Democrats, reacted to the election of Barack Obama in 2008, the first African American President, in a much more racially charged and radically insensitive way than whites did in 1947 when the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson, which effectively integrated major league baseball. Whites’ objection to Robinson was not muddled in political correctness. They viewed a black man as simply not good enough or deserving of the same opportunities afforded a white baseball player. They spoke it out loud and were unapologetic about it.
It’s not lost on anyone that the resources available to haters to spread their venom were unimaginable in 1947 when Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson. There was no Internet or social media or a conglomerate of news organizations that gave a platform to people to espouse their bigotry and racism.
White reporters actually shielded the world from knowing the extent of racism in America until it boiled over and they had no other choice but to cover it. By 1947, a black reporter had been allowed in the press briefing room, but the press had not accepted that all men were created equal. They still promoted a white supremacy doctrine in their news coverage, especially stories involving minorities. From the perspective of many of us, they still do so in 2014.
The way our modern news organizations cover stories involving non-whites help perpetuate a false perception, which feed into white Americans’ negative views of minorities and they use these misconceptions to justify their intolerance of other races. So take a bow news media, you have successfully helped white people to become afraid of people that don’t look like them.
However, you don’t get to take a bow Republican Party for your racial insensitivity and vile comments. You get to be voted out of office in November. That will be your reward for your hatred and obstruction. Congratulations, you deserve it.
That’s my yada yada and I’m sticking to it.
UPDATE: I originally listed Ruth Marcus with USA Today. She is with the Washington Post. Correction made on 7/29/14.