On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh claimed that President Obama isn’t really black. Limbaugh said, “I mean Barry Obama is from a very white, all be it radical left cultural background. He’s not from ‘da hood. He’s not from ‘da movement.”
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
After ranting about how black people are really racist, because so many of them voted for Obama in 2008, Limbaugh read an excerpt from Kenneth T. Walsh’s book, ‘Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans in the White House,“But Obama, in his most candid moments, acknowledged that race was still a problem. In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted on their mortgages, and the poor, but wasn’t helping them.” Limbaugh added, “That may be true, but none of that was race based.”
Limbaugh continued to read from Walsh’s book, “A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to “take back” their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn’t dispute the idea. He agreed that there was a “subterranean agenda” in the anti-Obama movement—a racially biased one—that was unfortunate. But he sadly conceded that there was little he could do about it.”
Limbaugh ranted, “It is totally classless. It is totally classless. The guy just got elected president of this country. He is historic in this he is the first black president, but my point is Eric Holder says that we don’t have the guts to have a public discussion about this. We’re cowards. Well, leading the coward parade’s Obama. He doesn’t have the guts to say this stuff in public, but he says it to this Kenneth T. Walsh guy from US News writing this book.”
Limbaugh then claimed that Obama isn’t really black, “Now let me ask you a question. How many people really think of Obama as black? I mean apart from Chris Matthews who is obsessed with that. One of Obama’s parents was black, undeniable, but he was raised by a white mother by white grandparents. He went to a highly exclusive private school in Hawaii with rich white students and white teachers. He went to exclusive colleges that were practically lily white. I mean Barry Obama is from a very white, all be it radical left cultural background. He’s not from ‘da hood. He’s not from ‘da movement. You know. Maybe he’s right? Everything is race for him. The race for the presidency. He can play on his race, skin color to get reelected. Surely, he will. Surely, he is now. So it’s all about making himself a victim. I’m telling you there is a chip on his shoulder, and it plays a factor in every policy decision. Every agenda that he has.”
Rush Limbaugh tried to defend his own, and the Tea Party’s racism by making a racist argument that Obama isn’t really black, because he didn’t grow up living like Sanford and Son, or the kids on Good Times. The fact that Obama was fortunate enough to go to good schools, which are still economically segregated and mostly white, makes him somehow less black.
According to Limbaugh a person is only black if they grew up in “da hood.” This argument came from the same man who criticized Michelle Obama recently for not looking like an Ethiopian. Limbaugh was trying to frame Obama and all who support the president as closet racists, because they “use” race to get Obama elected, but Rush and the Tea Party aren’t racists, because they can see what those poor manipulated black people can’t see. Obama is really a white man, because it is impossible for African American people to go to good schools, or get good jobs.
The fact that Limbaugh spent 6 minutes and 44 seconds obsessing about race and Obama proves the President’s point for him. There is a subtext of racism to the Tea Party criticism of Obama. Limbaugh himself described Obama as having a chip on his shoulder. Even while he was denying racism, Limbaugh used buzz words for race.
Limbaugh and the Tea Party not only see Obama as black, but they are out to use his race against him. As soon as Obama was elected they dedicated themselves to spending their days trying to recapture political power by unleashing the racial demons of our collective past. This is not a fool’s journey. The right has embarked on a calculated political mission to bring down President Obama by opening up the wounds of generations past.
It is the responsibility of this generation to ensure their failure.
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