According to Fox News, the only racism that exists in America today is being committed by the "extreme liberal intolerance" group known as the NAACP, because they aren't fond of Senator (SC) Tim Scott, a black conservative. The Five held a discussion between conservatives and Bob Beckel about this very topic. Why, oh why can't we be focusing on all the advancements the black community has achieved after the fall of the Confederacy? Ex-Bushie press secretary Dana Perino was very upset that the NAACP criticized Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.
Perino: When asked about Tim Scott, why can't they just say he's a nice guy, but I don't want to comment on his politics? Let Tim Scott be Tim Scott.
STFU, will you, NAACP? How dare they voice an opinion on a black conservative who votes against the interests of the black community. Funny, I didn't hear her tell the Tea Party or Glenn Beck to stop attacking other Republicans including Speaker John Boehner?
Greg Gutfeld follows that up by saying the NAACP is a legion of Punch and Judys that has had their strings pulled by white liberals for all time. And then he says that the right is much more forgiving than the left, which makes them more tolerant to everybody -- while making other obnoxious claims of conservative superiority.
Then up came Eric Bolling and he didn't disappoint with his ignorance.
Bolling: ...it's getting tiring. We have a black president, we have black senators, we have black heads of captains of business, companies. We have black entertainment channels. Is there racism? I don't think there's racism. The only people perpetuating racism are people like this gentleman from the NAACP, are the Al Sharptons of the world. Let's move on. Let's move on.
Black man, just move on!
He goes on to blame President Obama for black unemployment, too.
The late Tony Snow said that racism was no longer 'a big deal' back in 2003.
Rick Perlstein writes: Racism Endures
And so on and so on...
I wrote this long post focusing on racism and how much conservatives hate being called racists during the George Zimmerman trial:
What is FOX and O'Reilly trying to accomplish by race baiting the trial? Why are conservatives stirring up racial animus in America?
1) Conservatives really, really can't stand being labeled racists. They cringe when pundits discuss the Southern Strategy. They shiver at the mention of one Lee Atwater, who used racial politics to perfection. They have been determined for decades to undermine the term(racist) entirely. The late Andrew Breitbart would just shout the word racist, racist, racist, over and over again to try and dull your senses towards the true meaning of the word. He was crazy enough to actually attack Rep. John Lewis, over racist behavior by the Tea party. (I debated him on this subject once and he was just ugly about it.)
As for Bill O'Reilly, he's always had it in for minorities. Remember back in 2007 when Bill dared to check out the Harlem dining experience? Bill O'Reilly Surprised At Civility Of Black Restaurant Patrons. He was shocked that anyone objected to his depiction of the experience.
Summary: Discussing his recent dinner with Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem restaurant Sylvia's, Bill O'Reilly reported that he "couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship." O'Reilly added: "There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea.'" Read more.
He also cried during Romney's defeat that 'The White Establishment is Now the Minority'.
Now with the George Zimmerman trial, Bill has a reason to constantly push through his racial biases on a daily basis.
(Check out Eric Wemple's coverage of Bill for the blow by blow account.)
And with the help of a bizarre poll done by Rasmussen that says Blacks are more racist than whites, Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points Memo on July 9th epitomized his feelings of the trial so far. Baby, he's going gaga over those murderous black racists.
A new Rasmussen poll illuminates that. When asked which racial group was most racist -- 37 percent of Americans say blacks; 15 percent say whites; 18 percent Hispanics.
Even among African-Americans themselves blacks come out as the top racist group -- 31 percent of black Americans say their own race heads the list; while 24 percent consider whites the most racist group. Now the media wants no part of any of that and I guarantee you the poll will not be widely discussed. The only thing the American press will embrace is the specter of oppression. That is, if a white American kills a black American or any other minority, then the story gets covered. That's wrong and causes racial division. We're supposed to be equal in this country. Of course, that's impossible but it is a noble goal.
There's no question the Zimmerman trial is now a racial deal rather than a justice deal. And if George Zimmerman is acquitted, by a jury of five white women and a Hispanic lady, there will be racial animus. Wait and see.
Chris Hayes takes this narrative apart in the above video:
African- Americans come out as a top racist group. 31% of African- Americans say their own race heads the list. The only thing the American press will embrace is the specter of oppression. The question in the Zimmerman trial is now a racial deal rather than a justice deal. And if George Zimmerman is acquitted by a jury of five white women and a Hispanic lady, it will be animus. Breitbart.com blared the headline, Broward County Sheriff's office prepares Zimmerman verdict riot plan.
Joining me now is director of African- American studies at the University of Connecticut. Thank you for being here. Here's what frustrates me, what conservatives are doing to black people at large is precisely what George Zimmerman did to Trayvon Martin. They are suspected of being disposed to to violence in some way more than other races. They are judged guilty before they do anything.
Conservatives do this all the time and since there are no repercussions for this behavior, they have no problem repeating this pattern.
Breitbart wannabe Ben Shapiro writes this story about a new anti-rioting video made by Broward County Sheriff's Office Prepares Zimmerman Verdict Riot Plan. If you check out the new video by Sheriff Scott Israel, you'll notice that they highlight black and Hispanic kids in the video and exclude Caucasians.
2) Conservative ideology has been at the forefront of an inordinate amount of violence that has taken place in our country ever since Barack Obama was elected to the oval office in 2009. (Neiwert and I covered much of this in our book, Over The Cliff) C&L continues covering right wing extremism to this day and let's face it, it hasn't slowed down since then.
Conservatives have been clamoring for an increase in what they would consider left-leaning extremist violence so that they can use the usual Beltway claim that both since sides do it, there is nothing here to see. And it would taste so much better to them if African American racial violence could be sprinkled into the recipe.
3) After the Sandy Hook massacre, the gun control debate took center stage in the political world. The NRA and conservatives in both political parties banded together to form a coalition that was against against any new regulations aimed to try and curb gun violence.
States like Arizona passed gun laws which allow people to carry a concealed weapon without a license. Florida passed a law (Stand your ground) in 2005 which allows you to not only use deadly force to protect yourself in your home, but even if you're in a park, a mall or outside a Wendy's.
That's because of Florida Statute 776.013(3), which took effect five years ago this month. The old law gave you the right to protect yourself with deadly force inside your home. The 2005 law gives you the right to protect yourself in a park, outside a Chili's, on a highway — just about anywhere.
You need only to "reasonably believe" that pulling the trigger or plunging the knife or swinging the bat is necessary to stop the other person from hurting you.
Reports of justifiable homicides tripled after the law went into effect, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Last year, twice a week, on average, someone's killing was considered warranted. The self-defense law — known as "stand your ground" — has been invoked in at least 93 cases with 65 deaths, a St. Petersburg Times review found.