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Hannity Lectures Black City Councilwoman On Racism

Reported by Ellen - August 9, 2007 -

For Sean Hannity, every racial issue is a question of black prejudice against whites. Last night (8/8/07), New York City Councilwoman Darlene Mealy was a guest on Hannity & Colmes, supposedly to discuss her non-binding resolution to ban the words “ho” and “bitch.” But Hannity was more interested in proving that she was a racial hypocrite for not condemning her fellow councilman, Charles Barron, Hannity’s African American nemesis. The charming Mealy nonetheless won Hannity over, probably by speaking out against rap music. So instead of browbeating her about her good relations with Barron, Hannity gave her a fatherly lecture. With video.

Out of Hannity’s approximately 2:40 that he had with Mealy, he spent only about a minute on the topic of the “b” and “h” words. Then he got right to his paramount concern with African Americans: flushing out every iota of bias against whites. So, after Mealy had her say about why she introduced the resolution (to bring attention and awareness to the use of offensive language in rap music), Hannity brought up what was obviously paramount in his mind: the fact that she gets along with Barron.

Typically, Hannity misrepresented Barron’s infamous “slap white people” remark. “Charles Barron is a guy that said he wants to walk up to the nearest white person he sees, slap him in the face to make ‘em feel better.” In fact, Barron, speaking at a reparations rally, said, "I want to go up to the closest white person and say, ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then slap him, just for my mental health.” Barron said he was jesting and being deliberately hyperbolic, a fact that “fair and balanced” FOX News never brings forth.

In a gentle but nonetheless condescending tone, Hannity lectured Mealy, “If you really want to take this tough stand, and I think your heart is in the right place… you can’t defend on the other hand. You need to say what needs to be said here, that your fellow councilman is a racist, that you have a racist on the council. And if you can’t say that, people are gonna say you’re being hypocritical.”

After Alan Colmes' portion (in which he stuck to the topic), Hannity ended the segment by saying he thought the best way to purge the language of those words was by changing people’s hearts. Then, as though speaking to a child, he added, “But you need to be consistent. And you need to challenge your fellow councilmember who has said very racist things and has very racist associations.”

“OK, we’ll talk again,” Mealy said. She seemed like a lovely person and not the least intimidated by Hannity’s gotcha questions. However, she didn’t seem to be aware of Hannity’s own racist associations, which have been documented here, here and here. I also recommend the Fox Attacks Black America video in which Hannity plays a central role.