White Supremacist Sympathizer Sean Hannity Helps Duane “Dog” Chapman Rehabilitate His Racist Image
Reported by Ellen - December 16, 2007 -
Sean Hannity, the former pal of white supremacist Hal Turner, was once again so right there for a white guy caught red-handed acting like a racist. On Friday night’s (12/14/07) Hannity & Colmes, the racist rehab was for Duane “Dog” Chapman aka Dog The Bounty Hunter. Hannity was helped out in that regard by the dubious “civil rights pioneer” Roy Innis and his son, Niger. Among other distinctions, Roy Innis has advocated for re-segregation. Niger opined that Chapman has a mission for our country. Can a diversity tour with Don Imus be far off? With video.
In addition to opposing integration, Roy Innis has served as an apologist for the murderous African dictator Idi Amin and has said that Jimmy the Greek “spoke the truth” when he stated that blacks are better athletes because of slavery breeding. Father and son endorsed Alan Keyes for president in 2000. Hardly your mainstream African Americans.
In a press release earlier in the week, it was announced that Roy Innis would be mentoring Chapman “in his efforts to seek reconciliation and atonement for his repeated and careless use of the ‘N word.’" You have to wonder whether it was desperation, foolishness, cluelessness or hostility toward mainstream civil rights leaders, or all of the above, that made Chapman hook up with the Innis’. Their backing is as likely to redeem Chapman with African Americans as an endorsement from Ron Paul would be to grant a prime-time speaking slot at the next Republican convention.
Nevertheless, Chapman was almost euphoric about his newfound affiliation. “Miracles do happen,” he exulted. He called his get-together with the Innis’ one of the greatest times of his life. “We’re cut out of the same cloth, yet we’re different colors… It’s been a long time since I met such decent brothers.”
Hannity asked if Chapman should get his show back.
Of course he should. Hannity couldn’t even take a chance with having Alan Colmes partake of the interview, so you know there was no way that either Innis was going to say otherwise. Sure enough, they didn’t disappoint. Niger Innis said, “There’s no more powerful story, Sean, than redemption in our society, in our tradition, in our civilization than redemption. And here’s the man, despite how things spiraled out of control, that he’s genuinely sorry and genuinely feels he has a greater mission for our country now.”
So just what is that greater mission for our country? Apparently, it’s Dog’s personal transformation. “My whole life is different now,” Chapman said. “Thoughts that you think, things that you say, the tongue is the most powerful member of the body… So I’m learning to control my tongue and I want to be a blessing to everybody.” Not exactly Martin Luther King… or even Imus.
As he has done previously, Hannity defended Chapman’s use of the “n” word. “Is there context and texture in terms of somebody uses that word but doesn’t mean it in a racial context? (Chapman) even said on the tape, ‘I don’t mean this is in a racial way.’ He said that. Then why won’t people cut him slack? Why won’t they accept his apology?”
We who know Hannity knew what he was getting at… an attack on people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. It’s Hannity’s modus operandi whenever there’s a question of white racism.
Roy Innis replied that “the rank and file” have already forgiven Chapman. Rank and file African Americans? Neither Innis seems a very reliable interpreter for that group.
It was a point lost on Hannity, naturally. He said enthusiastically to the Innis’, “What you’re both saying here is, there’s a lot of good that can come if he’s given a chance to prove to everybody he means what he says.”
Niger said, “Look, let me be frank, Sean. In TV, there is a vacuum of powerful shows that have popular attention that have a higher moral purpose. And the potential is dynamite.”
In their press release (in which “Duane” was consistently misspelled as "Dwayne"), the Innis’ claimed that Chapman “erroneously believed that (the n-word) had evolved to be a term of comradery.”
Actually, it’s that interpretation that’s erroneous. The original tape and Chapman’s earlier interview with Hannity, make it pretty darned clear Chapman knew the word was verboten. He thought HE could use it with impunity.
The press release also makes the dubious statement,
Niger believes that Dwayne is a victim of pop culture’s ‘pass / no-pass system.’ He applauds Dwayne’s efforts, because he suspects that on some level he wasn’t totally comfortable with the rampant use of the N word. Says Niger, “He was certainly trying to protect himself from the media, but he was also in a Freudian way, stating a problem.”
Also in the press release: According to Chapman, he moved his family to Hawaii because he loved the racial diversity. What the Innis’ didn’t know or didn’t care about is the fact that Hawaii’s racial diversity does not include a lot of African Americans. According to HawaiiNews.com, in August, 2006, the state ranked 41st in the total number of black or African-American residents, who represented only 3 percent of the population. That's kind of like saying someone proved he's not prejudiced against Native Americans because he lives in Harlem.
At the end of the segment, Hannity announced that Chapman would be hosting a book signing and a Christmas toy giveaway with BOND. That’s the organization headed by the even more marginal Rev. Jesse Lee "Most of the discrimination today is from black folks toward white Americans” Peterson.