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When a pot calls a kettle “black,” is that “racist”?

October 7, 2009


Those irony-deficient “senior fellows” at Media Matters are at it again. Today they’re pretending to be outraged by the Washington Time‘s “fabricated” accusations of “racism” — which is a little like Vice President Joe Biden accusing someone of plagiarism.

“Did the WashTimes fabricate its latest ACORN attack?,” they ask readers this morning, helpfully answering: “Yep”.

Media Matters then does what leftist apologists do when they can’t mount a substantial argument: they turn into literal-minded Rain Man types, and try to nit-pick their target to death:

…the Washington Times, in its headline and article, reports that ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis, during an address at the National Press Club on Tuesday, claimed ACORN critics are “racist.”

Slight problem: The WashTimes fails to include any quotes, any evidence, any anything, to support the “racist” angle; a specific word the daily uses three different times. Instead, it appears that the WashTimes’ Joseph Curl just invented the explosive charge of racism.

Now, it is true that on this occasion, Bertha Lewis didn’t utter the exact phrase “ACORN critics are racist.”

However, according to the Washington Times report — which Media Matters helpfully reprints in its entirety — Lewis did say the following:

“I mean we, [going back] to 2004, we now see through e-mails from Karl Rove from the previous administration that ACORN itself was targeted, targeted to go after us so that we would stop doing voter registration because it was said that we were moving too many minorities to vote, changing the power dynamics on the local election and that we needed to be stopped.”

She also labeled as racist the infamous videos that show ACORN workers advising a man and young woman posing as pimp and prostitute how to circumvent the law. “These new filmmakers, [James] O’Keefe himself, told The Washington Post, ‘They’re registering too many minorities; they usually vote Democratic; somebody’s got to stop them,'” Mrs. Lewis said.

Let’s play a game: say some conservative pundit or activist was quoted as saying, “ACORN is registering too many minorities to vote.”

Would that statement be perceived by listeners, left and right, as being racist — even though the speaker didn’t actually utter a phrase such as, “P.S., I’m a racist”?

And would Media Matters promptly denounce that conservative as a racist, regardless?

The answer is obvious.

Intelligent grownups regularly draw inferences from the statements of others, and make judgments accordingly. Otherwise efficient communication would be impossible. Only a child employs “arguments” on the level of: “But you never SAID ‘don’t write all over the walls with a marker!!'”

Hilariously, Media Matters even includes the last paragraph of the Washington Times piece, which clearly didn’t merit any condemnation or further investigation on their part:

But Mrs. Lewis did not mention that The Post was forced to issue a later correction on the story, saying the quote attributed to Mr. O’Keefe was inaccurate.

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  1. Mal permalink
    October 7, 2009 10:04 am

    Tsk, tsk.
    That should be, “Pot calling the kettle African-American.”!

  2. October 7, 2009 5:13 pm

    Is there even anyone out there that could possibly claim that saying ‘ACORN is registering too many minorities to vote’ is somehow NOT racist? I don’t really understand the premise of the gripe here. I think you’re stretching a bit on your ACORN whining.

  3. theblanque permalink
    October 7, 2009 7:10 pm

    Consider the following thought experiment; we have two phrases:

    a) ACORN is registering too many minorities to vote.

    b) ACORN is registering minorities to vote.

    Which of the two is a racist statement? The answer is (b). Why? Because the complaint is about the ethnicity/race (minorities) of those registered to vote. Statement (a) is a complaint about the disproportionate number (too many) of minorities registered to vote; the complaint is directed at ACORN’s actions, not at minorities being registered to vote.

  4. October 7, 2009 7:16 pm

    Why do people who can’t read always comment on stuff?

    • theblanque permalink
      October 7, 2009 7:32 pm

      It makes them feel special.

  5. MaryAnn permalink
    October 8, 2009 6:05 am

    This constant whining by the left of racism is wearing very thin after all these years.

  6. Oxbay permalink
    October 8, 2009 8:34 am

    Not only did the Washington Post issue a retraction. They made up the quote. We have to face the facts. The Washington Post is evil. Evil.

  7. Revnant Dream permalink
    October 8, 2009 1:03 pm

    Race theory is the myth child of the slave trade. Genetically every Women has the same midocondrial DNA that can only be passed with the same females 23 chromosomes. Every Man or Women is 6 times removed from each other because where all descended from one female. In effect we marry our sisters. Race theory is based mostly on skin color or a few other adaptations to climates these people come from. The Human race does not produce mules! any reproductive problems are individual not group. All humans are inter fertile.
    Ask yourself. What has this race myth brought but poison & the classification of people over human dignity. How convenient it worships eugenics with Darwinism.
    By there fruit you will know them. Race theory is pure death laced with lies. It has no moral or ethical dignity for mankind. Indeed it has always striven to divide Mankind for social conceit.
    People are tribes who because of geography, food habits or climate developed naturally small changes to fit the circumstances. It did not stop them from being human.
    Even our forefather knew better. They put people in two groups. Barbarians & the civilized.
    So race is a red herring. Oh by the way I believe in a real Noah’s Ark as well. So sue me. Science has shown human beings in the past where denuded of most of our genetic strains by what they call a breaking point where most of the species died.

    In the end Acorn, Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, with many other on every political front, are the pushers of this junk. With ACORN & its many tentacles as its circulatory system. All to keep folks down.


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