The Media Cries Racism, I Cry Foul
Some people are claiming that those of us who disagree with President Barack Obama’s policies must be motivated by racism. In the national media, Maureen Dowd in The New York Times on September 12 wrote:
But (Republican Representative Joe) Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted “liar” at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.
“A lot of these outbursts have to do with delegitimizing him as a president,” said Congressman Jim Clyburn, a senior member of the South Carolina delegation. Clyburn, the man who called out Bill Clinton on his racially tinged attacks on Obama in the primary, pushed (Democrat Congresswoman and Speaker of the House Nancy) Pelosi to pursue a formal resolution chastising Wilson.
At the Video Music Awards on Sunday, Kanye West disrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech when she won the award for Best Female Video. Simon Vozick-Levinson of Music Mix had some interesting things to say about West’s rude behavior and the resultant public outcry, including this:
When a black man does something impolite, making no reference whatsoever to race, and he immediately gets crucified for “hating white people” or “reverse racism,” that itself is a form of racism.
Here in Idaho, it seems that at least one member of the local media was also quick to jump on the race card when he reported on the 9-12 Project Idaho and Tea Party rally. Is it possible there were some people amongst the huge crowd there who were racist? Probably. Is racism the motivation behind this movement of people who want to take back our government from elite special interests and once again have government of, by and for the people? Absolutely not!
I would suggest that reporters like Maureen Dowd, and the local ones who have picked up on these cries of racism in the political arena, look in the mirror and see if it is not indeed you, who are in fact fanning the flames of racism in our otherwise relatively peaceful valley.
Memo to the media: Attending Tea Party events here in Idaho does not classify me or anyone else in particular as a racist. Next time, why don’t you actually ask those of us who are there why we are there and for what we stand?