Skip to comments.Schultz says 'break' is a 'southern racist term' (Special Ed Schultz of MessNBC)
Posted on 10/14/2011 2:40:19 PM PDT by MissesBush
Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC's the Ed Show, believes that Republican presidential contender Herman Cain is pandering to "white Republicans out there who don't like black folks" and accused Sen. Jim Demint, R-S.C., of using racist langauge in his opposition to Obamacare.
On his show last night, Schultz said that Demint, whom Cain has mentioned as a potential running mate, repeated an "old southern racist term when talking about defeating President Obama during the health care debate." Schultz's example? He quoted Demint saying that "If we are able to stop Obama on this [health care law], it will be his Waterloo. It will break him." For clarity, Schultz repeated the offending line, "It will break him."
Dr. James Peterson, director of Africana studies at Lehigh University, explained that "break" is a racist verb, "a term that was used to destroy, mentally and physically, slaves." Accordingly, the Demint line demonstrated "how dark some of these racial discourses can be in presidential politics." Peterson said that Cain, by naming Demint as a possible VP pick, "gives those folks a pass" on racism.
Peterson's claim echoed and extended Schultz's conclusion the previous evening that Cain, a black Republican, is appealing to white racists in order to win the Republican primary. "You think about white Republicans who don't like black folks," Schultz explained. "It's almost as if this guy is trying to warm up to them and tell them what they want to hear."
Schultz cited Cain's belief that education gaps, rather than racism, accounts for the poverty and unemployment among black Americans. Then, Schultz asked his guest if Cain "is doing a disservice to his race" by denying that "racism in this country today holds anybody back in a big way."
Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson agreed with Schultz's suggestion and accused Cain of denying racism for the sake of his "great machinery of self-promotion." Dyson said that Cain should especially recognize "post-intentional racism" - racism that people don't intend to have or to act upon.
Below, you can watch video of Schultz talking with Dyson.
I haven’t heard a thing from or about Ed Shultz since his network threatened to fire him about six months ago. I didn’t know he was still around.
I vow never to break the pool balls again,but I will still break wind.
More incoherent babbling from the inmates at LSDNC.
Everyone knows the proper non-racist way to say something like that is to say "cut his nuts off" (thanks Rev. Jackson for that language tip!).
Ya just can’t make this stuff up.
This kind of talk is going to show the lefts agenda front and center.
The original “Ed Show”...and this Ed made more sense than Schultz:
Oh give ME a BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ed Schultz is an idiot.
My eyes have been opened by this article.
I now understand that CB radio was all a
racist plot......Break, Break 19...
Never heard that one.
However “He needed shootin’ “ is a valid legal defense.
Sorry, Ed, but methinks medieval torture chambers, Inquisition inquistors, and an entire history of battlefield captures has dibs on the word “break”.
So when the state of California passes a law saying workers must have two, 10 minute “breaks” a day, they are being racists?
“Hey Ed you fat freak, why don’t you go choke on a cheeseburger!”
Then you can blame Bush for your obesity AND your stupidity!
Gimme a break.
Give me a break.
Hey hey hey hey! One break, comin' up!
I broke a ram once. When he came to my place he would attack any one who came into his paddock. So I just went in there and 'related' to him. Rams are not the brightest creatures on the planet.
Every time he tried to hit me, I'd sidestep and kick him in the butt. It's not that I kicked him hard,it's that I wasn't playing by his rules.
Then when he didn't try to hit me,I'd scratch him on the corner of the brisket -- the sweet spot for sheepies.
A week of that and when he trotted up to me it was to be scratched, not to fight.
He was "broke", and no contempt involved.
The bad guys are grasping at straws. This is a good sign.
I was born and raised in the deep South as were my parents, grandparents, greatgrandparents and on and on.
The word “break” has no connotations at all other than typical usage. Never heard it used in any way at all other than what people in all English speaking nations use it.
it was break ‘er break ‘er which was not only racist, but sexist as well...
Napoleon was black?
For those that don't get the joke, Kit Kat's jingle has the word break all over the place. I think it's considered one of the most memorable jingles of all time.
That's all they got?
Lord, Lord. I'm sorry, but I laughed really hard when I read that.
So does that mean if I take a break at work I am now a racist
today i’ve learned that “break” and “picnic” are both racist terms.....
To get over the resulting stress, Saturday, I’m going to take a BREAK and go on a PICNIC........
You can’t break white people?
News to me.
Yes, we could all take a lesson from the Right Reverend. (Or is it perhaps the "Left Reverend.")
Add Elton John and Kiki Dee to the list of racists. and Jimmy Ruffin. And Elvis. And Neil Sedaka.
Those guys that sang “bend me, shape me” are off the hook, but just barely.
Why do these leftist morons keep beating a dead horse. The race card has been played and it was a loser for them. I will tell you why. Cain is freaking their socialist democrat idealistic rear ends out. It would be the same as how an ambulance chasing personal injury attorney would feel after laying out his case to the jury his client will not be able to walk for life and turning around and watching her walk over and get a drink of water. Cain ain’t playing the victim game like the democrat blacks do and the SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS CAN’T HANDLE THAT
Now they’re just making s**t up.
Breaker 1-9, this is Rubber Duck. We got us a Convoy.
Whatever happened to C.W. McCall???????
They are making things up.
This reminds me of “macaca” with George Allen. The Washington Post ran a series of articles explaining that macaca was a racist ethnic slur. They ran these articles to tell us the definition of a word, so that good liberals everywhere would know to be outraged. Otherwise, the macaca incident wouldn’t have amounted to anything, unless people were “educated” by the MSM to know that it was a slur.
So here, they are telling us the word “break” in this context is a racist term. Okay, we’ve played this scene before.
Had to check this wasn’t from the Onion.
Americans were breaking horses and going through a woods break long before the first African sold his cousin to American slave traders who sailed their ships along the breakers.
Oh, now you want to bring Tootie into this :)
Actually I guess that was Nell Carter...Whoops
It seems to me that the key reference here is to "Waterloo". One might think that Demint was referring to the Battle of Waterloo where the forces of Napoleon were defeated decisively by the combined forces of the Duke of Wellington and the Prussian General Gebhard von Blücher, ending Napoleon's 100 day return and restoring Louis XVIII to the Throne of France. But one would be wrong, since such a reference would attach to the use of the term "break" and utterly strip it of any possible racial component. No. The term "Waterloo" refers to the practice of repeatedly shoving the heads of slaves into the plantation "Waterloo," for the purpose of "breaking" them. This practice evolved into the modern day practice of "waterboarding" also used to "break" individuals who are refusing to revel confidential information. It also evolved into the modern "break" dance wherein the descendants of slaves replicate the contortions of the arms and legs of their forebears as they underwent the process of being shown the "Waterloo." It's amazing the history you can find on Wikipedia!
"If we are able to stop Obama on this [health care law], it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.
It seems to me that the key reference here is to "Waterloo".
One might think that Demint was referring to the Battle of Waterloo where the forces of Napoleon were defeated decisively by the combined forces of the Duke of Wellington and the Prussian General Gebhard von Blücher, ending Napoleon's 100 day return and restoring Louis XVIII to the Throne of France.
But one would be wrong, since such a reference would attach to the use of the term "break" and utterly strip it of any possible racial component.
No. The term "Waterloo" refers to the practice of repeatedly shoving the heads of slaves into the plantation "Waterloo," for the purpose of "breaking" them. This practice evolved into the modern day practice of "waterboarding" also used to "break" individuals who are refusing to revel confidential information.
It also evolved into the modern "break" dance wherein the descendants of slaves replicate the contortions of the arms and legs of their forebears as they underwent the process of being shown the "Waterloo."
It's amazing the history you can find on Wikipedia!
Even worse, he's inferring that he's French and short.
How are football teams gonna end their huddles now?
One thing about Cain: if he actually won, and actually tried to govern as a Republican and hold the line on government, then he, his adult children, his grandchildren, all his other relatives, and all his black friends will be subjected to incredible amounts of harassment.
His extended family will be subject to extreme hatred from the "Democrat black community" that will be unlike anything we've seen. I wonder if he'll be strong enough to deal with that?
As for the "professor's" claim, I've never heard "break" as a racial term. Googling only turns up this instance. I searched multiple dictionaries including the so-called "urban dictionary" online and nothing.