-By Warner Todd Huston
I suppose we should thank MSNBC contributor and Democrat Strategist Karen Finney for her illogical, uninformed, hate-filled, lie-laden rant on MSNBC on March 23. As prosaic and free of any intelligent content it is, her attack on Rush Limbaugh and any other Republican that popped into her pretty little head at the time served as a perfect example of the intellectual dishonesty and hate that fills every left-winger to the brim.
Finney was sitting in as a guest host on the Martin Bashir Show when she decided to try and prove to viewers that she was a deep thinker. Instead of cogent thought, however, her rant disgorged almost every lefty stereotype imaginable not to mention a few outright lies, a passel full of distortions, and those sort of base assumptions not backed up by a scintilla of common sense so common on the left.
Finney begins her tale of lefty tropes by invoking an incident she claims happened to her as a child. Her father, she said, was once pulled over by a state trooper in Virginia (sometime in the 1980s?) and her recollection is that he was pulled over only because he was a black man driving a nice car.
From there Finney brought the Travvon Martin case into the conversation and proclaimed that, “Left unchecked or unchallenged our biases, bigotry and stereotypes take over our better judgment.” This, of course, is simple, meaningless, trope dressed up as philosophical contemplation. The fact is her use of language is empty here. Biases and stereotypes, for instance, are not automatically bad. In fact, sometimes they can save our lives.
But let’s give her the generality. Negative stereotypes and bigotry is a bad thing in general. Unfortunately, she takes this bland conventional thinking and launches into a series of lies and namecalling against people that have nothing to do with the Travvon Martin case, nor have any actual history of racial discrimination. She goes on to warp things people have said into cases of racial discrimination when they simply weren’t and, worse, Finney outright lied in several cases, all merely in an effort to keep the race baiting alive.
She says Newt Gingrich was being a racist when he talked about offering kids workfare-styled programs in schools. He wasn’t. She outright lies that Rick Santorum said “I don’t want to make black people’s lives easier.” He never said it and even some left-wingers said so. And she indulges the uninformed meme that Rush Limbaugh’s “Barack the Magic Negro” song was a racist attack against the president. It wasn’t as Rush was actually making fun of a black, liberal Los Angeles Times columnist’s use of the phrase – Rush did not come up with “Barack the Magic Negro.”
It’s bad enough that she distorted what those folks actually said in order to twist it into racism. But even worse was her attack on what another Republican didn’t say. “Mitt Romney,” she said, “says nothing at all.”
So, now saying nothing is racism too?
This is typical liberal claptrap. No matter what you say, liberals call it “code words” for racism. Then when you don’t say anything at all they still say you are a racist. In other words, it isn’t what conservatives say that matters. It’s what liberals want to think about conservatives that matters. Leftists like Finney and all her little pals at MSNBC (and in the Democrat Party) say conservatives are racists and so, these leftist’s bigotry, stereotyping, and biases make the assumption into fact quite regardless of the truth.
To make Republicans and conservatives into racists Karen Finney had to lie. But who cannot see that she indulged the exact same behavior against those Republicans and conservatives that she wanted to smear as racists that she claims is used against minorities like Travvon Martin.
What is the difference between Finney’s bigotry and lying and that behavior she pretends to condemn?
One has to wonder if the word “introspection” was ever taught to a single left-winger in the country?
… My father’s offense was that he was a black man driving a nice car. To the officer, this seemed out of place, just as a young, black man in a hoodie wrongly seemed out of place to George Zimmerman the night he shot and killed Travvon Martin. Left unchecked or unchallenged our biases, bigotry and stereotypes take over our better judgment. People, in Trayvon Martin’s case, a teenager walking home from the store, are dehumanized into some form of other, unworthy of respect and it’s justified as a way to make people some kind of separate and unequal status.
So, when Newt Gingrich, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says that, quote, “really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. They have no habit of I do this and you give me cash, unless it’s illegal,” or Rick Santorum says, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives easier,” or Rush Limbaugh calls a presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama a magic negro, or Mitt Romney says nothing at all, the effect is dangerous, because they reinforce and validate old stereotypes that associate the poor and welfare as criminal behavior with African-Americans and people of color, calling us lazy, undeserving recipients of public assistance. In the case of Trayvon, those festering stereotypes had lethal consequences…
(Transcript courtesy of Newsbusters.)
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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