Sean Hannity’s Latest Target For Bigotry: A Seven-Year-Old Girl
Reported by Ellen - March 17, 2006
I don’t think a week goes by without Sean Hannity singling out an African-American for some kind of censure. But Hannity reached a new personal worst (3/16/06) last night on Hannity & Colmes when he went after a seven-year-old girl with his special brand of bigoted tirade.
The girl, Autum Ashante, is a seven-year-old prodigy who recited a poem at a suburban New York school that some found racially offensive. You can read an excerpt of the poem here.
For a change, the sole guest was someone who disagreed with Hannity, Jamal Watson, of the New York Sun. Watson called the school’s criticism of Ashante “deeply troublesome.”
Alan Colmes asked, “What message does this send when school officials want to penalize a little girl… when she’s exercising free speech?”
Watson said he thought more young people will be afraid to voice dissent as a result and that the school district “should apologize, not demonize.” He said that what Ashante said was “totally appropriate and I think it should be celebrated.”
Hannity, who got approximately 5 minutes to Colmes’ 2 ½, started off with the question that is always foremost in his mind whenever there’s an African-American guest who’s not a declared Republican: Whether or not they treat white people fairly enough. “You know something?” Hannity asked in the schoolyard bully voice that he often uses with blacks. “If there’s an assembly in school and there was a white student reading a poem, and the white student and all the students stood up and, you know, when asked to stand up and then the white student said, ‘No, no, no. But you African-Americans, you Hispanic-Americans, you sit down.’ Wouldn’t that be discriminatory?”
In an extremely pleasant and respectful manner, Watson started to answer that this was part of Black History Month. But Hannity rudely interrupted and viciously snapped, “I didn’t ask you (sic). WOULD THAT BE DISCRIMINATORY?”
Watson, never losing his cool, started to answer, “I don’t think so at all. This was Black History Month, Sean and…”
Hannity interrupted again. As is often the case with a black person Hannity disagrees with, he had no interest in anything Watson had to say. Hannity’s sole concern was trying to tyrannize.
In a hate-tinged tone, Hannity made a remark that seemed to apply more to himself than to Watson. “The point of the matter is you’re making excuses for racial discrimination.”
Then Hannity started in on the girl. “And who are the people that she went to for support? Oh, Councilman Charles ‘I wanna walk up to the nearest white person, slap him in the face so I can feel better’ Barron and Reverend Al ‘Interloper’ Sharpton… Why is she going to people that have been involved in discrimination themselves?”
With new viciousness, Hannity demanded, “Is that racist?”
Before Watson could answer, Hannity shouted, “You don’t think that’s racist? He wants to walk up to me and slap me in the face?”
Just then, Hannity turned and mugged for the camera. It was clearly another instance of phony-baloney Hanctimony. In fact, Councilman Barron has been a guest on Hannity & Colmes and Hannity spoke to him with far more respect than he did to Watson. Same thing with Sharpton, whom I have seen more often on H&C.
“Why don’t you have the moral courage and consistency (to speak out against black racism)?” Hannity demanded, hitting the desk. I hope Hannity will show the same moral courage and consistency to say directly to Reverend Sharpton and Councilman Barron the same things he said in their absence.
“She has the kids take the Black Panther black child pledge!” Hannity said. (Comment: Here’s the "offending pledge:" I pledge allegiance to my Black People. I will keep myself physically fit, building a strong body free from drugs and other substances which weaken me and make me less capable of protecting myself, my family and my Black brothers and sisters.)
Hannity continued with his Hanctimonious rage, “White students are told to sit down and now all of a sudden racists like Charles Barron are coming out and supporting her and you support her… The fact that she’s associating herself with a guy who wants to slap white people to feel better shows a lot about her.”
The fact that a grown-up television host has to demonize a child to feel better shows a lot about him.