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Discussing Racism

In a recent interview on G. Gordon Liddy’s talk show, Congressman Steve King (R-IA) said:

the president has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race — on the side that favors the black person.

Of course, King didn’t bother to point out any actual examples of this favoritism. King also accused Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder of not pursuing cases against minorities (again without citing any examples).

Is this a typical foot-in-mouth macaca moment delivered on a right-wing talk show (run by a convicted criminal) that doesn’t reflect King’s true positions? I guess not, since on a later interview King said “I have no regrets about what I said. I stand by what I said because what I said is accurate. It’s factual.”

Well, technically, it is an opinion. To be “factual” you would have to state some facts, not just your opinion. King even admits that it is his opinion: “I think the American people need to have this debate about what appears to me to be an inclination on the part of the White House and the justice department and perhaps others within the administration to break on the side of favoritism with regard to race.”

And you know what? I agree with King. I think we do need a discussion about favoritism with regard to race. And since I’m sure that King doesn’t consider himself a racist, he would have absolutely no problem discussing why he favors white people over blacks. In fact, I think it would be really healthy to get all politicians up there to discuss how they favor their own race. And not just politicians. I’d love to see the leaders of the tea party talk about this. What a wonderful discussion that would be.

Of course, we would have to ban the phrases “I am not a racist, but” and “some of my best friends are _____”.


One Comment

  1. Sammy wrote:

    I thought that dinosaur’s show was canceled! Or was just the syndication nixed?

    This is like when Fox hosts say, “Some say _____” without naming who “some” are. It’s their way of making an accusatory or inflammatory statement without actually having to provide facts.

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Permalink