On his radio show today, Glenn Beck stood by his claim that President Barack Obama is a racist, who has problems with white people. Beck said, “I deem him a racist based on really his own standard of racism.” So a man that is half white has racial issues with white people. This makes absolutely no sense.
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Beck said, “I said yesterday on Fox and Friends that I think the president is a racist. I don’t know if he hates white people, but there is something going on with the president. Well, I stand by that, and I deem him a racist really based on his own standard of racism, the standard of the left. Now, I don’t know what, I am not sure how I am supposed to judge people, how I am supposed to be able to say I have these things that just don’t fit, so what do I do with them, so I have to use the community standard.”
In case you are wondering what in the hell Beck is talking about when mentions things that don’t fit, he is talking about Rev. Wright. Beck’s whole argument is based on the fact that Obama said that the police acted stupidly in the Cambridge case, and Rev. Wright. This is enough evidence for Beck to conclude that Obama is a racist.
Perhaps the NAACP put it best when in a statement they asked how a president who is half white and half African-American could be a racist. Bill Shine the Senior VP of Programming at FNC put out a statement that said, “During Fox & Friends this morning, Glenn Beck expressed a personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel. And as with all commentators in the cable news arena, he is given the freedom to express his opinions.”
It is no surprise that the network would stand behind their highly rated cash cow that is also helping to advance their political strategy of making Obama frightening to white people. Much like most of Beck’s infotainment ramblings, I treated this story as a joke yesterday, and I am surprised that he has gotten this much attention out of such an outrageous claim.
It is obvious that Beck’s goals were to get himself publicity, and to appeal to his audience’s biggest fears about Obama. Race based politics are always sleazy, but this is what the right wing media has chosen to do. Their mission is to whip the GOP’s base into a frenzy about the scary black man living in the White House. Between the birthers and Beck, it is clear that the right wing is working hard to exploit America’s racial divisions.