Can White Conservative Pundits Please Stop Saying That Racism Doesn’t Exist?

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In the aftermath of Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks at a National Action Network event on Wednesday, white conservative pundits have used their airtime to complain about Holder ‘playing the race card.’ Some have even gone so far as saying that racism is no longer a problem in America and doesn’t even exist anymore. On two programs this past week, we witnessed panel discussions about race where all the participants were white.

Just to provide the back story, Holder and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) got into a verbal altercation during a Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. The exchange made news immediately. The following day, Holder was a speaker at a NAN event and strayed from his prepared remarks to discuss the level of disrespect that he and the President have received since coming to Washington. It was clear that Holder implied that racism was at the core of the divisiveness and obstructionism that has gripped Republicans since Obama took office.

On Thursday, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough defended Gohmert’s behavior and accused the Attorney General and the President of playing the race card too often. He then tried to lead a discussion on racism, or the lack thereof, in Washington. His feeling is that Washington is just a tough place to work, and that Bill Clinton, Janet Reno and Richard Nixon all dealt with worse behavior from political opponents. He was able to get agreement from others on the panel that racism is not an issue in Washington and that this is all just politics as usual.

Now, I’d like you to take a look at the composition of this panel discussing race and tell me what all of them have in common:

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Hmmm. That sure is a diverse panel there, isn’t it? I am sure they can provide us with quite a bit of varied insight and experience when it comes to race relations and what it’s like to be black in America.

On Friday, Fox News’ The Five decided to have a ‘robust’ discussion on race in America. They started the segment off by showing Holder’s remarks as well as President Obama’s speech on Thursday acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act. Dana Perino started off the discussion by suggesting that Holder and Obama are trying to insulate themselves from criticism by bringing up racism. She then got Bob Beckel, the token ‘liberal’ on the panel, to basically concede that House Republicans are just behaving badly towards Holder and Obama but racism isn’t at the core.

This was as good as the discussion got, as it quickly went downhill from there. Perino made the false equivalency of stating that black Democrats that opposed George W. Bush must have been racist as well. Then, Tom Shillue, a comedian filling in for Greg Gutfeld, chimed in and said we shouldn’t even care about racism anymore. Shillue, I guess in an attempt to be funny, then tried to joke about locking his car door when a black guy walks by because that’s just what he always does.

Of course, no discussion on race would be complete without the input of an expert like Eric Bolling. Bolling spewed a bunch of hate at the NAN and ripped into Al Sharpton, calling him ‘ridiculous.’ He also pointed out that Americans don’t care about race issues and essentially called Holder a race hustler by trying to divide Americans and get them to focus on an unimportant topic like racism, instead of on jobs and the economy.

Beckel, to his credit, tried to tell Bolling that the NAN is not insignificant to black people in this country and that it isn’t fair for Bolling to dismiss the group. Bolling then said that blacks should be concerned more about their high unemployment rate. Of course, Bolling obviously doesn’t see the correlation of institutional racism with the high unemployment rate of African Americans.

All of this was concluded with Andrea Tantaros finally jumping in and stating that racism obviously can’t exist in this country because black men hold the two highest positions in the nation. She also pointed out that the Supreme Court voted down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, therefore proving that racism is nonexistent in this country. She jumped on board with Bolling in stating that this is just an issue that the President is going to use to divide the country with. For good measure, she also brought up climate change as an insignificant issue in this country.

Once again, like with the Morning Joe panel, I’d like you to take a long look at the makeup of The Five’s panel that decided to discuss racism:

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Wow, such diversity! Only white people on a panel discussing racism in America. And wouldn’t you know it, they feel that racism is overblown and actually doesn’t exist. At the same time, two of the panelists couldn’t help themselves when it came to ridiculing Al Sharpton, a leader in the black community.

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Few things are more offensive than white people explaining to black Americans how racism doesn’t exist anymore. I would have to think that African Americans hate hearing a white conservative whine about a black person ‘playing the race card.’ This is one of the biggest reasons why Republicans get less than 10% of the black vote in national elections, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

21 Replies to “Can White Conservative Pundits Please Stop Saying That Racism Doesn’t Exist?”

  1. The accusation of these RWNJ’s that people like AG Holder are “playing the race card” when citing disrespectful behavior directed toward them as the result of racism is intended to silence necessary discussions of racism. Anyone paying attention since 2001 knows full well that the disrespect toward President Obama as well as the AG stems almost entirely from racism. Disagreement with their politics is a distant second, if that. There’s nothing new about these deniers of racism’s existence, because American history as it’s taught in schools has been predicated on minimizing, if not entirely denying, racism and the role it has played since this country’s founding. Having a panel of only white folks discussing racism is just as bad as the exclusion of women when Congress members were discussing women’s reproductive rights. Worst of all are folks who are okay with excluding folks from discussing issues that they are the most impacted by. It shows the GOP’s tone-deafness.

  2. I have been thinking about all this civil and equal
    rights stuff, I would like to pose a question because I have decided there are some who do not deserve equal rights.

    If there were two individuals, one being Ted Nugent who pooped his pants rather than going to fight for this country, and the other a black gentleman who went to fight and lay down his life for this country,
    I know who I think should have more rights!!!!

  3. I am an old white guy and it astounds me how other white people like these pundits can go through life so blindly ignorant to the plight of others. I have often wondered what my life would be like had I been born another race or another gender. Or even been born in another area of the world. We don’t get a choice as to race or sex, but we do get a choice on what we become.

    The majority of my life I lived in a heavily Black community. Today I live in a heavily Hispanic community. To me I feel it has made me a better person. The people I have met and friends I have made throughout my life are genuine. Give you the shirt off their back type people.

    To hear the noise from these self serving under cover racists is insulting. They always want to deny racism exists to absolve themselves from the nasty little thoughts in their own heads.

  4. I try everyday to get along with ALL of God’s children and some of these racist people make it hard for good people to get to know each other. I wish people would get to know each other as individuals and get rid of all that old crap that keeps us separated.

  5. These racists will never admit that racism exists for then they would have to face the truth about themselves every morning when they look in the mirror.
    “They can not handle the truth!”

  6. I know who I think should have more rights!!!!
    ?????????

    I probably shouldn’t say this out loud, but…oh, never mind. J/K, lol…well, maybe not.

    DJ!! Where art thou?
    Come over here and help Joan think!

  7. I wish people would get to know each other as individuals and get rid of all that old crap that keeps us separated.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Amen.

    Hey Tim. I’m charlie.
    I’m about 5’6″, brunette, 130 lbs., wear glasses…kind of look like a *younger* version of Palin (or so I’m told). I like being outdoors and can devour Italian food.

    And BTW, I voted for Romney.
    (Confession is good for the soul.)

    Nice to meet you.

  8. Pfft…oh, alright…
    the ref said I was out-of-bounds.

    I apologize, Joan.

    But maybe at some point you might want to re-think
    the idea of handing out rights based on merit and seeing some people as being *more equal* than others.

  9. But that is the conservative mantra. Some people do deserve more rights than others. See voter suppression and denying the right for some to marry among others. This line of argument you will not win

  10. I did not even want to watch the videos. How bias can these all white panels be? They invision and fantasize how they perceive the world thru their colored glasses. One day they will have a multi colored panel where they can hold a honest discussion.

  11. This line of argument you will not win
    ======
    This line?

    Exactly which line of argument can I ever possibly win?

    S’okay. Not trying to *win* or convince anyone of anything when I come here to visit.
    Agree or disagree, doesn’t bother me.

  12. As an African American I’d like to remind that this is far more serious than simply a discussion of race.

    An animal that has long threatened these United States is dying, and these are its death throes. But make no mistake about the character of this animal; it is extremely powerful, extremely savage, selfish and vicious, and it is cornered. It has every intention of fighting onto death.

    Best believe that I am angered with charges of race cards, but it is as nothing compared to my fury at challenges to my right to vote.

    It is foolish to consider ending the beast at once, for even fools perceive that it fights seemingly everywhere at once. No, we must, at every chance, attack, prepare to defend, and for all our sakes, squander not a single chance to advance.

    2014. Commit yourself not only to vote, but to ensure that as many as possible may and will do likewise. Contact the NAACP or NAN or like org’s and simply ask how to help. Do one extra task this cycle and we win.

  13. I’m sick of hearing the authoritarians (often called conservatives) complain about everything and anything. This has been going on since Reagan, who complained “…government is the problem…” as he did the damage initiated to our seniors, veterans, interfering with the airport tower workers’ strike and embracing the “christian” coalition and right-wing into politics.

    Not only is their thinking screwed up, they are an unhappy lot! IMHO, if they don’t like it in the USA they need to get out, stay out and leave the rest of us alone!

  14. If President Obama or anyone of color even mentions race the right always cries they are playing the race card. The other day Laura Ingram was talking about a white man who was being beaten by a gang of blacks. A black woman came to his aid which was brave of her. LI starts asking if Eric Holder was going to come and investagate, was Al Sharpton going to come and lead marches, would they be charged with a hate crime or is that charge only for white people. I guess she saying they should keep their mouth shut when someone gets off with murdering an unarmed black person.

  15. As a fellow African-American, I could not agree with you more on the issue of voting rights. I have gotten sick to death of Republicans using the line that “Lincoln, a Republican president, freed the slaves,” as a rationalization for why black folks should vote Republican. I never want to hear that line again in life, because it’s the height of rank hypocrisy–especially when they’re working so hard in 2014 to disenfranchise us in order to rig elections in their favor. In addition, it doesn’t stop with us because they are working to weaken the votes of women, and that also concerns me being a woman myself. They are trying to disenfranchise college students by requiring certain ID’s, and it goes without saying that they want to disenfranchise populations that tend to vote for Democrats. That includes but is not limited to African-Americans. They are utterly sickening in their self-imposed ignorance and their delusions. Their backwardness is embarrasing.

  16. I’m tired of all of thee “white panels” declaring that mentioning race automatically labels you as being a “Racist” and playing the “Race Card!” Also racial issues cannot be honestly discussed without bring Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson into the discussion! They need to see a doctor!

  17. Guess what Joan; Our friend Ted hasn’t stopped pooping his pants! Plus this distinguished citizen has the has the “audacity” to own a gun. So much for America!

  18. They never will admit that racism exists because Racism is a good part of WHO THEY ARE! it is in their DNA! They are cowards and ignorant cowards at that. Oh and Charlie, Next time you have a thought let it go! Thinking is not your strong suit, just end up embarrassing yourself.

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