Thursday, April 23, 2009
“Let’s be very honest about what this is about. It’s not about bashing Democrats. It’s not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about. They don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks.”
The recent comments made by Janeane Garofalo to MSNBC's Chris Olbermann about nationwide TEA parties are not just stupid. For a person who has considerable influence with the American people--as entertainers do for some unknown reason--to claim that people who have chosen to exercise free speech are nothing more than racists is irresponsible and dangerous. With emotions riding high from the election of our first Black president, the last thing anyone should do is suggest that thousands of people are protesting simply because the president is Black. How utterly degrading and downright ridiculous. This is the same woman who says that conservatives have a brain disorder, so we really shouldn't expect her to say anything remotely intelligent, but some people don't know she's got nothing of value to say. After asserting that these parties are all an outcry against a Black president, she goes on to express sadness that there are still so many racist people in America! Again, dangerous...Suppose at the next TEA party a group of people who have been incited by Garofalo's comments decide to confront the "racism" expressed at these parties. Suppose they decide to take matters into their own hands. Suppose they actually believe her. Will Janeane take responsibility for what ensues? If not, she needs to keep her mouth shut.
Clearly this woman is not too bright, but to suggest that every single person who disagrees with the president and his non-stimulus package is racist is something that she should have to back up. Olbermann, of course, did not say a word to challenge her, did not ask for elaboration, did not suggest that perhaps she was misreading the situation. He just let the comments go. But then again, what else do we expect from MSNBC? And that's a story all its own because her statement was so inflammatory, so accusatory, so deranged actually, that it should not have gone unchallenged.
People who were protesting couldn't possibly be people who love America, care about preserving her freedoms, and despise wasteful spending. Oh no, they couldn't be people who want to see America succeed and their children have a shot at the American Dream. No, they must be racists, right, Garofalo?
But what about any Black people who attend the TEA parties, who speak out against tax increases, who oppose the passing of a package that Congress didn't even read? Oh, Janeane has an answer for that too: They're suffering from Stockholm Syndrome! So in other words, any Black person who wants to keep more of what they earn and therefore supports and attends these TEA parties are sell-outs. Sure, she's a liberal Democrat--and we all know they think they have a lock on understanding Black people--but when she thinks she has the right to calculate whether I'm Black enough, basically calling me a sell-out, she's gone too far. Janeane, I think you'd better check yourself before the Blacks you're pandering to decide to turn on you and let you know how Black you are not! Don't get it twisted, sister!
Isn't this just like far-left radical control freaks? They can't handle peaceful, healthy debate. So they resort to their usual tactic: calling people who disagree with them racists. It's a pathetic ploy that gets used repeatedly because too many people are quick to embrace it. The sad thing is they don't understand how revelatory words like Garofalo's are. They don't understand that what she's saying is she doesn't believe that there are Black people who are thinking, reasoning, intelligent people who might actually form an opinion based on sound research and observation. She doesn't believe that Black people are capable of coming to a logical conclusion for ourselves because she probably doesn't think we can read! So yeah, we must simply not be Black enough if we don't agree with those who want to dictate to us how to think! Yeah, her statements truly reveal her real view of the president and those who look like him!
Look, no more of this nonsense. There is a remnant of people--White, Black, and otherwise, who refuse to be manipulated by some entertainer, or anyone else, whose only aim is to beat us into submission. And if that rubs Janeane Garofalo the wrong way, hey, she'll just have to forgive me. After all, I have a brain disorder!