Hannity: The Go-To Show For Race-Baiting Against African Americans
Reported by Ellen - November 9, 2011 -
Recently, Ann Coulter made a lot of waves when she announced on the Hannity show that “Our blacks are so much better than their blacks.” Did host Sean Hannity object? Heck, no. In fact, he implicitly endorsed the sentiment with his accepting response. Sadly, this is just the latest example of race baiting on Hannity. In several other instances, guests have accused the majority of African Americans of being racists – without receiving so much as a question in the way of a challenge. In fact, in one instance where a guest accused “most blacks” in Tennessee of being racist, Hannity refused to allow his other guest an opportunity to rebut.
Coulter’s complete statement about “our blacks” was:
"I mean, that’s why our blacks are so much better than their blacks. To become a black republican, you don’t just roll into it, you’re not going with the flow. You have fought against, probably, your family members, probably your neighbors, you have thought everything out and that’s why we have very impressive blacks in our party. No John Conyers in the Republican party, no Maxine Waters in the Republican party.”
Although Coulter was ostensibly praising the intellect of conservative African Americans – albeit in a condescending, paternalistic way – she was also implicitly knocking the vast majority of African Americans who are not Republicans.
But Hannity doesn't just allow subtly racial jabs. In recent weeks, two different guests have overtly suggested that most African Americans are racist - also without any pushback from the host:
On October 17, 2011, actor Kevin Sorbo stated,
“I get so tired of the race card. It’s a crutch that’s been going on for a long, long time. And if you have 97% of the black population voted for Obama, is that kind of not a racist vote in itself? I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong.”
“I think the race card is such a horrible thing… And I’ve been watching it more and more lately and I think it’s disgraceful. And when Obama gets 95% of the black vote, is that racist? I mean, you know, does anybody ever mention that? He gets 95% of the vote and I see your compatriots, your announcers saying, ‘Yes, he got 95% of the black vote but this wasn’t a racial thing. They like his policy.’ It’s a lot of crap.”
Over the summer, Michelle Malkin used a discussion about flash mobs to attack inner-city African Americans. Malkin responded to comments of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter telling African Americans (to enthusiastic applause) to pull the hoodies down, “pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”
"But I wonder, and I think many people do who have observed this festering aggrievement in the inner cities, whether it’s too late. Now we have had some role models in the black community, particularly Bill Cosby, who has been sending that ‘pull your pants up and get your act together’ message for a long time but there have been too many in the minority community, too many in the Congressional Black Caucus, for example, Maxine Waters types who are excusers and rationalizers and who have turned the perpetrators into the victims. I mean, it’s this whole welfare state mentality where people’s violent acts have been excused."
Once again, no objection from Hannity.
In 2008, the Hannity & Colmes show hosted Hannity’s pal Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson for a discussion about a racially-charged primary in Memphis, Tennessee. Hannity complained about the “race card” being played by then-candidate Barack Obama but didn’t mind when Peterson said:
"Most blacks, not all but most in Tennessee, especially in the Memphis, Tennessee area, are still living in the 50’s and 60’s. They are so racist that they don’t even realize that white Americans have moved on. And so whenever there’s a campaign like this, such as this, they always use racism in order to intimidate white America.”
The other guest, African American Jacques DeGraff, was outraged and objected to Peterson’s statement but Hannity refused to allow him to make his point.
Peterson later visited Hannity in 2009 where he said, “I think we all agree that Barack Obama was elected by, mostly by black racists and white guilty people. Most black Americans, 96 percent of them, are racists who (unintelligible) white Americans.”
In this case, Hannity didn’t so much challenge Peterson as try to protect him. “Do you really believe 96% of black America is racist? You don't believe that.”
“Yes, sir,” Peterson answered.
“No, you don't believe that,” Hannity repeated.
In any event, Peterson returned to Hannity yet again. This time, he announced, "Obama, in all honesty, is the Congressional Black Caucus. He is Louis Farrakhan. He is Rev. Wright… He is all of them wrapped up in one. If we allow this health care thing to happen. He is going to turn America into Detroit. And we cannot let this happen."
One African American that Hannity does support wholeheartedly is Herman Cain. Not surprisingly, Hannity has continued to support Cain even as allegations of sexual harassment continue to plague him. But even then there is often a context of aggression and animosity toward mainstream African Americans. Check out the hideous discussion below, on Hannity's radio show in which he
outsourced to allowed black conservative Star Parker to accuse Democratic African Americans of bigotry against Cain while refusing to allow black liberal Professor Marc Lamont Hill to argue his side. This "defend Cain by attacking other African Americans" is a theme Hannity has repeated on his television show with Juan Williams in addition to Coulter.
During an August 1998 episode of the show, Turner reminded Hannity that were it not for the graciousness of the white man, "black people would still be swinging on trees in Africa," according to Daryle Jenkins, co-founder of the New Jersey-based antiracism group One People's Project. Instead of rebuking Turner or cutting him off, Hannity continued to welcome his calls.
Although the language is less inflammatory on Fox, Hannity's tolerance, if not enthusiasm for racial animosity doesn't seem to have changed a bit.