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MSNBC: Racism Is Largely a White Characteristic

July 20, 2009

Leftists, like all people, constantly reveal who they are through what they say and write. On occasion, however, they will utter something that offers a particularly vivid look not merely at the outward manifestations of their worldview, but at the very foundation on which that entire worldview rests. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews had such a moment on his most recent Hardball program, when he reacted to some noteworthy remarks that Barack Obama had made, to large applause, at the NAACP’s national convention. Said Obama at that event:

We’ve got to say to our children, “Yes, if you’re African American, the odds of growing up amid crimes and gangs are higher. Yes, if you live in a poor neighborhood, you will face challenges that somebody in a wealthy suburb does not have to face. But that’s not a reason to get bad grades. That’s not a reason to cut class. That’s not a reason to give up on your education and drop out of school. No one has written your destiny for you. Your destiny is in your hands. You cannot forget that.” That’s what we have to teach all of our children. No excuses!

Matthews’ reaction: “You know, a white guy can’t say that. I mean that. It’s very hard for somebody like me to make that speech.” Matthews’ two African American guests, MSNBC political analyst Michelle Bernard and journalist Stephen A. Smith — while lauding Obama for the comments he had made — agreed entirely with Matthews’ assertion. “Well, a white guy … can’t necessarily say it to an audience of black people,” Michelle Bernard affirmed.

A question that bears asking is why white people should not, in Mr. Matthews’ and Ms. Bernard’s estimation, feel free to speak the same plain, hard truths to a black audience as Barack Obama can speak to a black audience. The planted axiom, of course, is that it would be somehow offensive, unseemly, rude, or even racist for a white person to say such things, however sensible and well-reasoned.

And why is that? Because the foregoing axiom sits atop a still deeper one, which holds that white people simply do not have the moral standing to speak hard truths to nonwhites; that white people have a uniquely evil history as oppressors — a legacy that will require them, until the end of time, to hold their tongues on matters that concern, in any way, the affairs of nonwhites.

By contrast, of course, the leftist paradigm encourages nonwhite minorities to lecture whites in perpetuity, on the assumption that the latter will never become fully cognizant of their own bigoted, inherent impulses, and that, consequently, constant reminders about those impulses could only benefit them in the long run.

The leftist worldview is founded on the notion of reciprocal collective identities: the collective guilt of whites on the one hand, vs. the collective innocence of blacks on the other; the collective racism of whites on the one hand, vs. the collective pure-heartedness of blacks on the other; the evil designs of white oppressors on the one hand, vs. the sufferings of the black oppressed on the other. By serving to foment racial tribalism by blacks and whites alike,  these sharply defined dichotomies — advanced and encouraged by the Left — poison race relations more profoundly than even the most overt bigot could ever dream of doing.

Notably, the leftist worldview makes no mention of nonwhite racism; the planted axiom here is that only whites are racist. Meanwhile, the kind of hatred that flows from the tongues and pens of black bigots — people like the racial arsonist Al Sharpton, the shakedown artist Jesse Jackson, the Marxist professor Cornel West, the Jew-hating black supremacist Louis Farrakhan, the “liberation theologianJeremiah Wright, and the denouncer of white supremacist capitalist patriarchyBell Hooks — is routinely framed by the Left as a noble quest for retributive justice.

That is the one-size-fits-all escape hatch through which leftists like Chris Matthews willingly usher even the ugliest racists in America — provided, of course, that they are not white.

  1. BobKat permalink
    July 20, 2009 2:51 pm

    Didn’t Obama have a white mother? Why does everyone forget that Obama is just as much white as he is black?

    • Octavius Rowe permalink
      July 30, 2009 2:42 pm

      Probably because he isn’t “just” as much white as he is black. Genetically, there is no equality between black and white genes. Black is factually and CLEARLY dominant. Socially, Obama lives his life as a black man…and as much as anyone who is interested in being viewed as “bi-racial” in a place as viscerally polarizing as America MUST accept that the macro will see them as black. Ask Tiger Woods!

  2. July 20, 2009 4:39 pm

    There is a whole lot whites can’t say and if they do they are through. Jesse “Hymie Town” Jackson and Al “Diamond Merchants” Sharpton get a pass.

  3. JCinOBX permalink
    July 20, 2009 4:41 pm

    The hell a white guy can’t say that! I’ve said it to others for years. And I’ve heard it for years from others – white and black, as well as Korean, etc.

    Matthews, have you ever considered getting yourself a lobotomy?

  4. Panzer permalink
    July 20, 2009 5:24 pm

    I don’t hold my tongue. I was neck deep in that culture and saw it up close and personal. I have no intention of going back in to a group of people that have no desire to help themselves. They are not ready for prosperity and it shows in their being unable or unwilling to steward what God has given them. Instead they either steal it, or if they can’t steal it, they’ll piss on it. That is what Black America offers Greater America. A whole lot of nothing.

  5. Scotch Indian permalink
    July 20, 2009 7:53 pm

    Of course the enslavement of Africans by Europeans and Americans was deplorable. But why doesn’t anyone ever talk about what was happening at the same time around the world in roughly the same time period —

    *Shaka was slaughtering neighboring tribes as he molded them by force into the Zulu nation.
    *Mzilikazi, one of Shaka’s generals, fled with his troops to what is now Zimbabwe, slaughtering the men, women and children in all the villages he passed through. He ended up tossing the Shona out of the area around Bulawayo.
    *Black African chiefs sold their black neighbors to (brown) Arabs who either sold them in North Africa or to the American/European slavers.
    *Black Africans throughout the Continent were enslaving other black Africans.

    I could go on and on. The Africans have a lot to answer for! Can’t talk about that, though!

  6. Paul permalink
    July 20, 2009 10:45 pm

    You can’t ask those questions because those are hate facts!

  7. July 21, 2009 2:53 am

    The MSM is America has gone to the dark side. There is no reality in how they view the world. Let us not forget a black
    Conservative wouldn’t get away with saying what Obama said either.
    Well done Perazzo.
    MB Snow

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