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Right-wing media: Itís all about race (Oppose Obama? Guess what?)
The New Pittsburgh Courier ^ | September 17, 2009 | Bernie Hayes

Posted on 09/17/2009 3:59:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The lack of respect for President Obama is bigotry and intolerance in its purest form. The debates about health care and education are defining the role of the far right-wing media in U.S. society.

How did Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and other so-called journalist and broadcasters in mainstream media get it so wrong? What the conservative media and many elected officials on the “right”are doing is easy to understand.

The right continues to disseminate their false arguments as facts over the airwaves. They, along with many conservative Republicans and some members of the Democratic Party, are promoting the opposition to the president’s plan for health care reform and his blueprint for education through bigotry, plain and simple. Their agenda is to confuse the public and distort his message with propaganda.

South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson, during the president’s joint message to Congress called Mr. Obama a liar, and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck said he believes President Barack Obama is a racist.

Do Hannity and Wilson respect the president as the holder of the highest office in the land and the most powerful man in the world, or just a Black man whom they have no reason to respect?

Have they ever asked themselves what are the defining characteristics of being “White” or “Black” in America today? Is it solely a matter of skin color? Probably in their eyes, Mr. Obama is linked to the only group to have involuntarily immigrated to the United States, and have been forcibly stripped of its culture, not realizing that African or Black Americans has as a group yet to receive its fair share of the American Dream. In my opinion, they have racially stereotyped the president of the United States.

Unfortunately, racial stereotypes are still alive and well in this country despite progressive steps to eliminate it. But the media and many politicians as well, consistently use negative images to portray African-Americans. These stereotypes are not accurate and African-Americans are unfairly and unrealistically portrayed on television and other forms of media.

Among the responsibilities of journalists and politicians is to meaningful link persons of African descent accurately to their ancestral past, but what have we seen during Mr. Obama’s short term in office? We have witnessed a conspiracy by members in the media and many conservatives to disrupt town hall meetings, force media outlets to cover the Tea Parties, investigate President Obama’s birth certificate, and attack public officials and Obama supporters.

Mr. Obama’s presidency is historical and it is a defining role in the growth of the country. It highlights one of the many contributions of Black Americans that have influenced our culture, enriched our society and is shaping the history of the United States. So how can the right be so wrong?

I would like President Obama to remember a poem by Langston Hughes:

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen when company comes,

But I laugh, and eat well, and grow strong.

Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table when company comes.

Nobody’ll dare say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,”

Then, besides, they’ll see how beautiful I am, and be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

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I can be reached by e-mail at: berhay@swbell.net This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hotep!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; certifigate; glennbeck; joewilson; obama; racecard; racism; rushlimbaugh; talkradio; teaparty
"...Mr. Obama is linked to the only group to have involuntarily immigrated to the United States..."

How so? Mr. Obama is not the son or grandson of slaves.

1 posted on 09/17/2009 3:59:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is pure Horse shite.


2 posted on 09/17/2009 4:01:06 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
How so? Mr. Obama is not the son or grandson of slaves.

Well, his ancestors did own them.

White Obama voters want to feel good about themselves by voting for the Black guy.

Black Obama voters want to feel good about themselves by voting for the more or less Black guy.

So it doesn't matter any more to Black Obamaites that BHO isn't "really" Black than it matters to White Obamaites that he's not "really" White.

3 posted on 09/17/2009 4:03:31 PM PDT by x
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bernie Hayes, just another phony “journalist” for a racist black newspaper, spoonfed the talking points from his puppeteers


4 posted on 09/17/2009 4:04:22 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: GOP Poet

Crap like this isn’t worthy to be posted on FR. Anyone wanting to read this garbage should do so on the Huffington Post or Moveon.org. In the future could all of these types of “stories” be identified with a “barf alert”. That way those of us who wish to can avoid reading them.


5 posted on 09/17/2009 4:04:31 PM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
How so? Mr. Obama is not the son or grandson of slaves.

He will be once they revise all the history books.

6 posted on 09/17/2009 4:04:43 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is difficult for people without principles to recognize those who do.


7 posted on 09/17/2009 4:05:25 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Obama is linked to the only group to have involuntarily immigrated to the United States

1. Ain't nobody keeping them here

2. Recent African Americans have voluntarily done so
8 posted on 09/17/2009 4:06:11 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Keep it coming. I feel that race card getting so worn and thin and ragged...


9 posted on 09/17/2009 4:07:58 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Question just popped into my head. Do they hyphenate in England? How does a black person in England refer to him/herself? African-Englander, African-Briton? Just curious. Doesn’t roll of the tongue all that well. Everyone should take a page from the words of the leader of the Black Chamber of Commerce. He tea bagged Boxer with it and that is, that he is an American.. Not an African-American. The only reason I ask this is because the article uses the term quite often.


10 posted on 09/17/2009 4:09:59 PM PDT by Bruinator (People are.............Stupid)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I guess Bernie didn't get the memo about the race card being declared “null and void”


11 posted on 09/17/2009 4:10:19 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The “new pittsburgh courier” is a racist rag that exists on charity, read only by the “minority intelligensia” and the ex-con street sweepers hired by the city who pick it up from the gutter. Wouldn’t doubt if they got “stimlus money”


12 posted on 09/17/2009 4:10:41 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The lack of respect for President Bush is bigotry and intolerance in its purest form. The debates about Iraq and Afghanistan are defining the role of the far left-wing media in U.S. society.

That's better.

13 posted on 09/17/2009 4:10:42 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Welcome to the “mainstream media” Rush Limbaugh.


14 posted on 09/17/2009 4:11:22 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

With a race card here,
and a race card there

Here a card, there a card,
Everywhere a race card.


15 posted on 09/17/2009 4:13:01 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Conservatives mean language recently almost made Pelosi cry today! How could you????


16 posted on 09/17/2009 4:14:32 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Man50D
Conservatives mean language recently almost made Pelosi cry today! How could you????

I didn't know that you could shed tears with 5 pounds of botox in your face.


17 posted on 09/17/2009 4:16:21 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Eagles6

Any outfit that would quote Communist poet Langston Hughs in support of a president under attack for his socialist proclivities is truly among the fringe media; a true comrade of CNNABCNBCCBSNYTWPNPR and LAT.


18 posted on 09/17/2009 4:16:48 PM PDT by dogcaller
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Among the responsibilities of journalists and politicians is to meaningful link persons of African descent accurately to their ancestral past, but what have we seen during Mr. Obama’s short term in office? We have witnessed a conspiracy by members in the media and many conservatives to disrupt town hall meetings, force media outlets to cover the Tea Parties, investigate President Obama’s birth certificate, and attack public officials and Obama supporters. “
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This paragraph contains some sort of type-o because the first sentence as written makes no sense. Secondly, the comnclusion drawn in the last sentence is not logically supported.

Apparently the author had a thought...he seems emphatic about his bizarre and logically incoherent thought. I won’t judge him, though. Imagine if this was the best you could do...it’d be embarrassing, wouldn’t it?


19 posted on 09/17/2009 4:17:54 PM PDT by delphirogatio (Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


20 posted on 09/17/2009 4:18:21 PM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The lack of respect for President Obama is bigotry and intolerance in its purest form.

But I'll bet this clown thought it was a hoot when former President Bush was depicted as a chimp.

21 posted on 09/17/2009 4:18:47 PM PDT by Sister_T
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh give me a break. What bs.


22 posted on 09/17/2009 4:19:27 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...Mr. Obama is linked to the only group to have involuntarily immigrated to the United States...”

How so? Mr. Obama is not the son or grandson of slaves.

Actually, given Obama’s Muslim heritage, he could very well be descended from those Africans who sold other Africans into slavery.


23 posted on 09/17/2009 4:22:17 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: darkwing104
I didn't know that you could shed tears with 5 pounds of botox in your face.

Maybe she was melting under the bright lights.
24 posted on 09/17/2009 4:22:21 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! FairTaxNation.com)
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To: GOP Poet
This is pure Horse shite.

Nope, it is pure horse shit, I am unfamiliar with the term shite.

25 posted on 09/17/2009 4:23:34 PM PDT by calex59 (FUBO, we want our constitution back and we intend to get it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There was a thread a few days ago discussing a poll that found 58% of blacks felt that the news media was overly critical of the Zero...makes one question just how widespread the hate values expressed in this article are amongst ethnic minorities.


26 posted on 09/17/2009 4:32:38 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Below is a quote from Mr. Jimmy Carter affirming the accusation in this article - that racism is behind the criticism of Mr. Obama.

“When a radical fringe element of demonstrators and others begin to attack the president of the United States as an animal or as a reincarnation of Adolf Hitler or when they wave signs in the air that said we should have buried Obama with Kennedy, those kinds of things are beyond the bounds.

I think people who are guilty of that kind of personal attack against Obama have been influenced to a major degree by a belief that he should not be president because he happens to be African American.

It’s a racist attitude, and my hope is and my expectation is that in the future both Democratic leaders and Republican leaders will take the initiative in condemning that kind of unprecedented attack on the president of the United States.”

I wonder where Mr. Carter was for the last 8 years (I ask, rhetorically) when worse language was directed at Mr. Bush by angry left wing protesters on a regular basis.

Let’s rewrite his quote to see how much sense it makes if he were to apply the same logic to the criticism of Bush during his presidency.

“When a radical fringe element of demonstrators and others begin to attack the president of the United States as a vampire or as Adolf Hitler or when they wave signs in the air that said we should assassinate Bush or they burn him in effigy, those kinds of things are beyond the bounds.

I think people who are guilty of that kind of personal attack against Bush have been influenced to a major degree by a belief that he should not be president because he happens to be the race he is.

“It’s a racist attitude, and my hope is and my expectation is that in the future both Democratic leaders and Republican leaders will take the initiative in condemning that kind of unprecedented attack on the president of the United States.”

Of course this makes no sense and the Democrats and their allies current practice of labeling Obama’s critics as racists is a VERY dangerous path to embark upon. Many in the news media are gleefully egging on anyone who makes these accusations (admittedly, there are some who have enough sense to abstain from it) and they are adding fuel and air to an already smoldering fire.

I predict this will backfire on them, but it’s very possible the outcome will be one that will be costly to the entire country.


27 posted on 09/17/2009 4:32:59 PM PDT by spinestein (The answer is 42.)
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To: Man50D

[Conservatives mean language recently almost made Pelosi cry today!]

I hope to see a repeat of her sniffling and sobbing on a particular night in November 2010.


28 posted on 09/17/2009 4:36:37 PM PDT by spinestein (The answer is 42.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FWIW, this is a black paper. Used to be a major black paper in the country, decades ago.


29 posted on 09/17/2009 4:37:31 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama Hijacks 9/11: http://www.serve.gov/assets/documents/09_0828_potus.pdf)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"...Mr. Obama is linked to the only group to have involuntarily immigrated to the United States..."

How so? Mr. Obama is not the son or grandson of slaves.

No, but he's pro-abortion and pro-"gay," and that makes him an honorary grandson of slaves (whereas actual grandsons of slaves who aren't pro-abortion or pro-"gay" are "inauthentic").

30 posted on 09/17/2009 4:38:09 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Leshanah tovah umetuqqah nikkatev venechatem beSefer HaChayyim!)
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To: Russ

I second the motion....


31 posted on 09/17/2009 4:44:11 PM PDT by waterhill (Zero, you suck..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

[Among the responsibilities of journalists and politicians is to meaningful link persons of African descent accurately to their ancestral past, but what have we seen during Mr. Obama’s short term in office?]

Now just a minute. Before the election, when Republicans tried to link Obama with his past, we were told this was out of bounds and the media agreed. The public was told to ignore everything about Obama before he became a Senator as it was irrelevant. So this “journalist” is griping now that Obama is president because the public is judging him on his policies in office.

To say this is intellectually dishonest would be an understatement of hugh proportions.


32 posted on 09/17/2009 4:45:02 PM PDT by spinestein (The answer is 42.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s amazing to see O’s base crumbling so fast.
“Hey guys! Remember who you hate so much! They’ll win if you leave me!”


33 posted on 09/17/2009 5:04:16 PM PDT by MrLuigi (incompetence)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If racism didn't exist it would have to be invented.

They call me a racist because I believe that the federal government should not be in charge of the health system.

They call me a racist because I do not want the federal government to tax us into bankruptcy.

I am a racist because I truly believe that socialism is a most parasitic form of government. It doesn't matter who my friends are. Where I live. Who I work with. Or what my heart and mind is about. I don't think the racism charge will hold water. What's the next charge, mental illness?

Meanwhile, those that hate me because I'm white are given a pass.

What's wrong with this picture?

34 posted on 09/17/2009 5:10:15 PM PDT by oyez ( damnant quod non intelligunt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve watched politics for 30 years. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a pathetic ploy as this racism thing the libs have launched the last week. Keep it up, lefties.


35 posted on 09/17/2009 5:12:03 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bull freaking shiite, Bernie. And BTW, Obama has an ancestor who fought in the American Revolution. So we oppose his white side and how can that be racist?


36 posted on 09/17/2009 5:19:58 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: Mamzelle
“Go balloons race cards, go race cards! Go race cards! I don't see anything happening. Go race cards! Go race cards! Go race cards! Standby confetti. Keep coming, race cards. More race cards. Bring it- race cards, race cards, race cards! We want race cards, tons of them. Bring them down. Let them all come. No confetti. No confetti yet.

“No confetti. All right, go race cards, go race cards. We need more race cards. All race cards! All race cards! Keep going! Come on, guys, lets move it. Jesus! We need more race cards. I want all race cards to go, goddammit. Go confetti. Go confetti. More confetti. I want more race cards. What's happening to the race cards? We need more race cards.

“We need all of them coming down. Go race cards- race cards? What's happening race cards? There's not enough coming down! All race cards, what the hell! There's nothing falling! What the f*** are you guys doing up there? We want more race cards coming down, more race cards. More race cards. More race cards”

37 posted on 09/17/2009 5:21:27 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Carter got them going. They’re playing up the race card big time, except it is not going to work.


38 posted on 09/17/2009 5:34:56 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let me guess, this guy belongs to the group with dark skin pigments?From Pittsburh no less. The town that threw batteries at Dave Parker in right field when the Pirates were contenders.


39 posted on 09/17/2009 6:27:15 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Figment

Zero has more arab blood than black. Arabs were a large part of the slave trade, capturing and selling. Therefore Zero’s ancestor’s have more to anwer for than most Americans.


40 posted on 09/17/2009 6:57:34 PM PDT by TStro
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To: Figment

Policies NOT Pigment!


41 posted on 09/17/2009 9:17:55 PM PDT by bravotu (Have a Nice Day !)
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