Race-baiting in black and W%*te
By Thomas Nash
The rally on 8/28 was meant to and did reflect a feeling that for too long Americans have been divided on everything from politics to religion to racial issues. The goal was to show the world that we can unite peacefully under the simple banners of God and country. This message was clear leading up to and during the event. Those on the stage represented dozens of religious affiliations, age groups, races and sexes. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered to celebrate this rare glimmer of hope in an otherwise disheartened America and they did it on the very spot where 47 years prior, a black man called for a future when we could do exactly what the Restoring Honor rally intended to do.
One would think that this message would be well received by all rational Americans. One would think that the worst that could be said of this rally is that a couple of the speakers are considered “controversial” by the main stream media. One would think. But as my father used to tell me, “You thought wrong”.
The fact is that many of the attacks have been on the people who attended rather than the speakers. The attacks have been on the same people who gave a standing ovation at the mention of Dr. King and his words. The same people who gave the loudest applause of the day to Dr. King’s niece. The same people who were there with their children, showing them how it is ok to embrace people who are different. People who did not boo when prayers for their President and their congress were read. People who sang in unison that timeless song of redemption, “Amazing Grace”. These all seem to have been boiled down to one common “fact”: they were mostly…white. Please pardon my French.
Putting aside the other names being tossed around like “radicals” or “racists” or “nut jobs”, the MSM seems to have found a new word to debase the crowd. “White” is the new buzz word in their circles. Somehow this word is supposed to have a negative connotation, at least to their followers. It is as though white people cannot possibly assemble for racial unity. I suppose the predominantly black crowd at the Million Man March could not have understood racial unity either. They seem to have forgotten the white people opposed to slavery, the white abolitionists, the white people who worked to gain equality for blacks during the civil rights era and the white people who elected the first black President of the United States. We would have loved to have seen more blacks, hispanics and people of other backgrounds there, but sadly they’ve been told that the angry “teabaggers” are racist. They have not been left out by us, but rather by the very people who they believe are looking out for them.
Here’s some of the coverage of the crowd at 8/28:
“Conservative commentator Glenn Beck and tea party champion Sarah Palin appealed Saturday to a vast, predominantly white crowd on the National Mall to help restore traditional American values and honor Martin Luther King’s message.” –Associated Press
“Beck says he and his overwhelmingly white followers ‘are the inheritors and protectors of the civil- rights movement.’” — Ben Adler, Newsweek
“Claiming the legacy of the nation’s Founding Fathers and repeatedly evoking civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., the speakers at the ‘Restoring Honor’ rally exhorted a vast and overwhelmingly white crowd to concentrate not on the history that has scarred the nation but instead on what makes it ‘good.’” — Philip Rucker & Carol Morello, Washington Post
“A relatively dense and overwhelmingly white crowd stretched from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial out past the Washington Monument.” — Mark Benjamin, Salon.com
“The speaker list was diverse, including African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans; Jews and Christians; clergymen, military veterans and sports stars, including Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals. The crowd, however, was overwhelmingly white.” — Michael A. Memoli and Kim Geiger, LA Times
“his crowd was filled with thousands of old, white, angry McCain-Palin leftovers from the election who just can’t seem to stomach the fact that we have a Black man in the White House…”- Ed Schultz, MSNBC
“Beck, who is a converted Mormon, likes to call himself a clown, but today he played the role of ring-master, preaching racial tolerance to the nearly all-white crowd.”- Nancy Cordes, CBS Evening News
The list goes on, but the point is clear. The main stream media, rather than joining in the message of unity and encouraging people to stand together, have decided to continue their push for racial divide. It is after all a source of profit for them. They call us racist, while they focus only on race. Well not all races, only on the white race I suppose. While I did find a couple of examples, there was mostly no mention of the overwhelmingly black crowd at Sharpton’s rally. Though that rally featured many angry speeches, they were never referred to as “a predominantly black crowd of angry Obama supporters.” It’s telling that the same people who claim that Beck uses veiled racism and “buzz words” to incite racial divide, are using veiled racism and “buzz words” to incite racial divide. Doubtless, they will call me a racist for calling them on it.