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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Buchanan and Hannity’s color arousal and racism

Here is a post from a great new website and blog politiclast.com that has a post/article addressing the issue of how the Media Neglects Buchanan and Hannity’s Racist Ways.

Posted on 29 March 2008 by McLovinthe article notes:

While the main stream media still questions the racial implications of the quote ” Jeremiah Wright Scandal”, two of the main stream medias’ pundits are spewing racist rants and showing complete hypocrisy. I have written in earlier posts the notion that America may not be grown up enough for a real president that will discuss this nation’s problems as adults. The Mainstream media’s inabilities to hold Hannity and Pat Buchanan accountable in the same manner that they hold a black preachers is deplorable.

Why don’t these statements raise the same level of outrage for intolerance that Wrights’ do?

Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America. Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to. This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:

First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known. Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.

Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.”

Are you kidding me? He acts like the African slaves were gathered in a Princess Cruz liner for new jobs in the new land. The frightening things is that there are people in the 21st century who will read these comments sad say to themselves, “Right on, Pat. You got that right.”

This man has the audacity to say that people in the black community should be on their knees thanking the white community for bringing our ancestors to America, subjecting them to slavery, denial of humanity, Jim Crow laws, segregation, denial of civil rights, and denial of opportunity. While the dominant community worked to keep black people within the strict confines of subjugation, the white community reaped the benefits of low cost black labor and the benefits of black people being artificially prevented from competing fairly in a capitalistic environment. The black American today should be thankful that although we live in the richest country in the world and earn wages that exceed many blacks elsewhere, we pay much more than many blacks around the world in order to exist without health care, equal wages, equal opportunities for education and employment, and the other social ills that run the gamut.

To the extent that he acknowledges real problems in the black community, Buchanan seems to dismiss the white community’s responsibility for those problems.

“Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white America’s fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent? Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?”

But that’s not all.

Buchanan admits that racism is a problem in America, but he seems to suggest that whites are more likely to be victims than blacks.

“As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence,” he writes. “Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?”

Where is Chris Mathews spending four nights on this? Oh, yes… he is a regular pundit on his show? Where is CNN, or even PBS on these comments and coverage of the outrages and hurtful premise? Oh, yes… they are contributors at one time or another on their networks as well.

Sean Hannity may well be on one of the biggest scum bags in all of media. I have said in some form or another, that anyone whom listen to Hannity regularly as a loyal listener must have an IQ of about 60 and some significant personality/emotional defects. That aside, Hannity has been back at his racist ways once again. We could start by listing the long list of Hannity proclamations of racism from black leaders and politicians. For the sake of this post I want to focus on his hypocrisy and the reporting on the Hal Turner story.

Hannity is silent about the racist affiliations of favored guests like Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Mississippi Republican Governor Haley Barbour and former Republican Congressman Bob Barr, all of whom have spoken before gatherings of America’s largest white supremacist group, the Council of Conservative Citizens.

A few days ago, Hannity brought Malik Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party on the show. Shabazz and his organization had previously chosen to endorse Barack Obama, who subsequently rejected the endorsement. It was up to Hannity to make some hay out of this, but the tables got turned very quickly:

Hannity added, “What I don’t think you’re understanding here, Malik, is that when you hear the minister of him for 20 years, when you hear the associations with Louis Farrakhan, one of the biggest racists and anti-Semites in the country, what you’re not understanding is, America hears extremism at its worst.”
Shabazz responded, “Let me ask you this. Are you to be judged by your promotion and association with Hal Turner?”

Hannity waved his arm around.

“I don’t know anybody named - this is nonsense. I don’t…” Then Hannity changed his tune. “Sir, sir… That was a man that was banned from my radio show ten years ago, that ran a Senate campaign in New Jersey.”

Then, as Shabazz refused to stop talking or back down, Hannity, in a tacit admission, said, “I’m not running for president.”

“A neo Nazi, you backed his career,” Shabazz said.

Hannity answered, “That is an absolute, positive, lie and you’ve been reading the wrong websites…, my friend. Good try.” Read More HERE

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