There are many groups of political crazies out there: you have the truthers–those who believe that George W. Bush was behind the 9/11 attacks (like former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones). Then there are the birthers–a group on whom I have written plenty about over the past few weeks. They are the people who believe that they can have the POTUS removed from office because of a belief that he was born in another country. Former Hilary Clinton operative Philip Berg was the king of the birthers until Donald Trump came along.
But the most destructive of political conspiracy theorists are the sick minds that believe that every comment made by a conservative or Republican against President Obama is intended to demean people of color. I call them “Racerists.” What make the Racerists more dangerous than the typical conspiracy moonbat is they build upon the existing stereotyping suggested in liberal-made campaign slogans with one simple purpose: to end discussion by intimidating people not to criticize the President.
With Donald Trump’s enhanced attention on the President’s birth certificate, the Racerists have come out again to spew their nonsense.
For example, liberal propagandist Bob Schieffer delivered a scathing statement against Donald Trump on the CBS Evening News, reacting to Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama may not have had the grades to get into Harvard. Schieffer said, “That’s just code for saying he got into law school because he’s black. This is an ugly strain of racism that’s running through this whole thing.”
Gee, if that’s the case, well, then when people went on CBS to claim that Bush was stupid and it was Dick Cheney making all the decisions, was that an ugly strain of racism? Oh wait, Bush is Caucasian.
What was it called when Schieffer’s colleague at CBS, Dan Rather presented the “personal files” of the late Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian, Bush’s squadron commander during his Air National Guard service? Those files described preferential treatment given to the former President, including pressure on Killian to “sugar coat” an annual officer rating report for the then 1st Lt. Bush. Those files were a fraud.
Was that racism? Of course not! Just as today, the motivation of most “conspiracy theorists” is policy, not race… maybe with the exception of Donald Trump (he’s more of a showman). Trump is like the carnival talker who promises his audience the strangest things to get people to come into his tent. “See the bearded lady with no arms, four legs, and a nose that looks like Elvis Presley before he went into the Army!” I personally doubt that Trump believes what he is saying about Obama’s birth certificate or education; he just knows it will get people into his political “tent.”
Of course Trump’s possible “lack of religion” about the conspiracies he his pushing doesn’t stop other people from leaping on the Racerist bandwagon. Especially people in the liberal media.
PBS’s Tavis Smiley says that Trump is appealing to the most racist elements within the Tea Party:
MSNBC’s Ed Shultz is also claiming racism (but then doesn’t he always?):
And don’t think that the Racerists attempt to silence political opponents is either new, or all about Obama’s birth certificate.
For example, if you believe Huffington Post contributors David Sirota, there are only two types of people in the world: those who agree with everything about President Obama and racists. Sirota even believes that Van Jones was targeted because he was black, not because of his progressive policies or the fact that he was a truther.
Another famous Racerist is Janine Garafolo, who said that the people participating in the Tea Parties were doing so because they objected to an African American President.
And you cannot forget Congressman Charlie Rangel who missed claiming vacation property income on his tax returns but can spot a “racist” from a distance. He blamed protests anti-obamacare protests racism:
Some Americans have not gotten over the fact that Obama is president of the United States. They go to sleep wondering, “How did this happen?”Former MSNBC host David Shuster is a serial Racerist. Shuster once called the Tea Party health-care protest an “orgy of bigotry, racism, Antisemitism, and hate.”
Shuster’s Crowning Racerist achievement happened last March. Usually when people describe a member of Congress they give the name and the town they represent. Apparently Shuster never heard of this before because he complained to his MSNBC TV audience of maybe three non-family members and a three-legged Great Dane, that any Republican who described Charlie Rangel as the Harlem Congressman is being racist.
So let me get this straight: saying Charlie Rangel is from Harlem is racist, but saying Barack Obama is not from Hawaii is also racist? That’s very confusing.
These are just a very few of many, many examples. Racerism is one of the many overused themes coming out of the media today. And it’s much worse than trutherism and birtherism, both of which I believe are misguided. Birthers and truthers will debate you all day long; talk about why Donald Trump is right or the Popular Mechanics explanation of 9/11 is wrong. Heck, it seems as if they will stop people on the street to explain their positions. But Racersists are trying to silence all debate about President Obama’s policies. Their goal is to shut you up. That’s why Racersim is the worst kind of political conspiracy theory. Because one of the great things about America is freedom of speech, ultimately the purpose of Racerism is to take away that freedom.