Laura Ingraham Thinks Obama's Success Proves Racism Is Minimal
Reported by Deborah - May 21, 2008 -
Spike Lee, at the Cannes Film Festival, criticized Clint Eastwood for overlooking the role of black soldiers in his last two films about Iwo Jima. Tonight, Laura Ingraham, in for BOR, claimed Lee was accusing Eastwood of racism and just made the comment to get publicity for his new film. Toure, host of Black Carpet on BET put the incident in perspective but Ingraham wanted to get out the message that racism is not a problem here and Barack Obama's rise proves it.
When Ingraham asked Toure if Spike Lee was just looking for publicity, Toure answered her quite objectively. He noted that Spike Lee is really good at getting publicity especially since his new release is a " black war" film. However, Toure made it clear to Ingraham that it was a "huge omission" to ignore the 900 black soldiers that fought at Iwo Jima and they should have been represented in Eastwood's films.
Ingraham said Lee's charge of racial insensitivity was dangerous " denying real racism". "Clint Eastwood is one of the coolest cats" suggesting that he couldn't possibly have racist intent.
Ingraham made it sound like Spike Lee was calling Eastwood a racist which was not the case. Here's Spike Lee's statement.
"He did two films about Iwo Jima back to back and there was not one black soldier in both of those films," Lee said Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival, where he was a judge in an online short-film competition.
"Many veterans, African-Americans, who survived that war are upset at Clint Eastwood. In his vision of Iwo Jima, Negro soldiers did not exist. Simple as that. I have a different version," Lee said.
Toure conceded that Eastwoods omission wasn't "real racism" but noted that it was one of the most important moments in history and should have been presented accurately. Ingraham concluded that it was wrong " to say there's massive racism when Barack Obama is where he is." Toure laughed at the idea that an Obama victory would mean the end of racism.
On Monday, 5/19, Ingraham was having a mild hissy over the news that a UN representative had just arrived to examine racism in the U.S. She thought it was ridiculous considering all the real human rights abuses around the world.
Marc Lamont Hill disagreed with Ingraham telling her, "The United States is not above critique, and the reality is that racism here is a real problem. The United States needs to be called on the carpet just like other nations."
comment: Laura Ingraham and Bill O'Reilly believe the U.S. is above reproach in all areas and to suggest otherwise is traitorous. She prefers to maintain the illusion of a red,white and blue utopia in constant danger from the "others' who are intent on destroying her Norman Rockwell fantasy land. Laura Ingraham needs to admit that many of the people she accuses of threatening her all American bliss have darker skin and follow religions other than Christianity. (We see your giant cross, Laura) She needs to admit that racism is a problem we must all acknowledge and confront together as a nation.