The Black Donald Sterling
Yes, I know. Blacks can't be racist. It's against the rules and even hinting that there are black racists makes you a racist too.
But the irony of this is pretty thick. The day after Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA for making racist comments in private, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson makes some racist comments in public. As an extra added racist bonus, he made the remarks at a meeting of the New Nation of Islam - Louis Farrakhan's anti-Semitic, racist church.
A Mississippi Democratic Congressman says Clarence Thomas is an “Uncle Tom,” Mitch McConnell is a “racist,” and that Republicans are only anti-big government and anti-Obamacare because President Obama is black. Rep. Bennie Thompson made the comments over the weekend while appearing on a New Nation of Islam radio program.
“I’ve been in Washington. I saw three presidents now. I never saw George Bush treated like this. I never saw Bill Clinton treated like this with such disrespect,” Thompson said. “That Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States — not the chief executive, but the commander-in-chief — that ‘I don’t care what you come up with we’re going to be against it.’ Now if that’s not a racist statement I don’t know what is.”
Thompson adds at 2:40 in the video that the governor of Mississippi was against expanding Medicaid through Obamacare “just because a black man created it.”
At 3:00 into the video, Thompson adds opposition to Obama is “all about race” and “when a black man comes with an idea [for Obamacare] there’s something wrong with it. Again, it’s race creeping into the picture.”
At 4:47 in the video, he says the anti-government attitude has only been around since Obama was president.
“Now all of a sudden, government is the worst thing in the world since a black man became president.”
Discussing the Supreme Court and affirmative action, Thompson refers to Justice Clarence Thomas as an “Uncle Tom,” adding, “it’s almost to the point saying this man doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.”
These remakrs are not only incendiary and insensitive, they are racist. To accuse someone of another race of being a racist for the most specious and obviously false reasons, is racism. If Thompson is unaware that he is laughably wrong, he's still a racist.
Thompson's opposition to the GOP is based on race. His critique of Republicans is seen with racial blinders on. He accuses the GOP of racism, of all opposition to Obama as racist, and mangles history to make it fit his racist world view.
You could make a good case that appearing at a Nation of Islam event is, itself a racist act. It is a primary tenet of NoI that white people are not human - they are devils. Not much racism there, eh?
Rep. Thompson will go to work today as if nothing happened. And as far as the media is concerned, nothing did.