MSNBC’s Alex Wagner called out the Right on their ‘disgraceful’ abuse of Trayvon Martin’s murder, saying that Nugent, Limbaugh, and Coulter exploited “the death of a child for partisan gain.”
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Wagner went through the Right’s response, from Coulter tweeting, “Hallelujah” immediately after Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering an unarmed teenager, while Geraldo Rivera on Fox News suggested Trayvon Martin got what he deserved, “If you dress like a thug people are going to treat you like a thug.”
And Rush Limbaugh said the verdict was a win for conservatives, because liberals get everything else. It’s an “interruption in a string of victory after victory”. Alex Wagner said Limbaugh was the first conservative to “put a killer’s acquittal on par with historic progress, including passage of the nation’s first healthcare law and the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality.”
Wagner made an excellent point that Limbaugh demonstrated how to use the verdict as a button to press to create more division, “His killing and Zimmerman’s exoneration have now officially joined the conservative arsenal as weapons to be deployed, buttons to be pressed, in service of division.”
Ted Nugent, “working from the very same playbook”, used the Zimmerman verdict to fan the flames of division and indict the President. Nugent accused the President of causing a surge of in “black racism”:
President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, et al, who then swept down on the Florida community refusing to admit that the 17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe Trayvon Martin was at all responsible for his bad decisions and standard modus operendi of always taking the violent route.
With an obvious racist chip on his shoulder, referencing the neighborhood watch guy as a “creepy ass cracker” to his fellow racist female friend who admitted under oath that that is how non-blacks are referred to normally in their circles, Trayvon had no reason not to attack, because it was the standard thug thing to do. See Chicago any day of the week.
With nearly 700 examples of this truism played out in Chicago in 2012 alone, no one can possibly dispute the recent surge in black racism increasing throughout Barack Obama’s presidency. To attempt to claim otherwise is a laughable lie.
Contrary to Right wing claims, blacks can’t be “racist” against whites in the same way as whites can be against blacks. Racism is a function of oppression (and a tool of the political elite, used to separate the masses- see the GOP). Racism can be defined as a belief in racial differences, which acts as a justification for non-equal treatment and results in oppression and discrimination. Since whites have not suffered systemic oppression at the hands of blacks, it’s absurd, pathetic, and indicative of an agenda to claim “reverse racism”.
Anyone claiming “reverse racism” to be equal or worse than “racism” against blacks is the equivalent of a Holocaust denier. It was not too long ago that this country was engaged in the exceptionally shameful practices of theft and selling of human beings (Africans) for financial and economic gain. Only a professional whiner and a Holocaust denying hater would claim reverse racism. So it makes sense that the Right takes refuge in this despicable claim, since they see themselves as perpetual victims while at the same time espousing that only the strong survive and claiming slavery was “good” for “blacks”. The American Right are no better than the German Holocaust deniers — a hate crime in Germany, by the way.
Wagner finished off with a strong close, calling the right out on their disgraceful decision to exploit the death of a child, “To Nugent and Limbaugh and Coulter and the rest of the right flank that has made the decision to exploit the death of a child for partisan gain while claiming decency and honesty, these are not simply laughable lies, they are disgraceful ones.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is just another reason why MSNBC should have considered moving Alex Wagner to 8PM, if they weren’t going to give us Melissa Harris Perry at 8PM.
Disgraceful, despicable, disgusting: That is the current Right wing.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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