Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace took his own network to task on Friday for what has been unrelentingly negative coverage of Barack Obama. On the morning program Fox & Friends, they continuously played clips of Obama using the term “typical white person” when referring to his grandmother. This was somehow meant to show that Obama was using racist statements against white people – his own grandmother, in fact. If that wasn’t absurd enough, the hosts played dumb when Chris Wallace called them out on it. Talk about spineless little wimps. Can’t back up your own attacks?
Later in the day, on Special Report with Brit Hume, Mort Kondracke said that, “I think some of us on the panel have sympathized with taxi drivers who won’t pick up a black person because they’re afraid of the neighborhood that they might be going to.” Whoa, whoa whoa. If this network is going to run a day long stint of Obama bashing, calling him a racist for rightly pointing out in his speech that many white people psychologically look differently at black people than whites on the street, why is it alright for their own guests to say that they sympathize with racial profiling? It’s hard to argue with a network that has so many double standards.
This is exactly what Fox News, Hillary Clinton and the Republicans want us to be talking about. Instead of talking about how they got us into Iraq, how the economy is in the tank, how we are having record foreclosures, how the dollar is sinking at an alarming pace, how we are spending more money than we can print and how tens of millions are without health insurance, we’re talking about whether Barack Obama meant something sinister by calling his grandmother a “typical white person”, without even putting his quote in context.
I’ll let Obama speak for himself, though. He told a radio host that, “The point I was making was not that grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, you know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred in our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that’s just the nature of race in our society.”
All of this, is quite frankly, fucking stupid. Everyone knows – and I mean everyone – that white people have a fear of black people that is not present with non-blacks. It is a fact of life. Through our culture, family and media, blacks have been portrayed in a stereotypically negative way. It is ingrained in our psyche. It may not be conscious, yet it is there. Walking down the street at night, seeing a black person may raise suspicions that a white person would not.
Similarly, our reaction to a black person (that we do not know) interacting with us is often different, even in the most subtle ways, than when it is someone of our own race. How is it racist to point that out? It IS racist, however, to say you sympathize with taxi drivers who refuse to pick up a black person out of fear of either being robbed or going to a bad neighborhood. That’s part of their job! You can’t racially profile people and determine what neighborhood they live in based on skin color. It’s clear who the real racists are.