Let’s be honest. At this point, saying that Fox News is racist is kinda like saying the sky is blue. A few of this week’s Martin Luther King Day segments, alone, make the case: serial race baiting, Bill O’Reilly whitesplaining race, a pastor painting President Obama as a prelude to the Antichrist, and using MLK’s niece to attack Obama and women’s rights. But yesterday, Eric Bolling insisted that racism is the fault of the NAACP and “the Al Sharptons of the world.”
In case you missed it, this excuse to attack black Americans was made under cover of defending African American Tea Party token/darling Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). Last weekend, the North Carolina chair of the NAACP, Rev. William Barber, gave what was described as a “speech of fire and thunder,” according to South Carolina’s TheState.com. Barber, who was speaking in South Carolina, accused Scott of being, essentially a black mouthpiece for the far right:
“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” Barber said. He said “the extreme right wing down here (in South Carolina) finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”
Barber had special criticism for blacks who he said aren’t following the MLK spirit. That includes black youths who kill each other and others “who wear their pants down to their knees.”
Apparently, attacking black liberals trumps praising black accountability.
The Five displayed a banner reading, “Extreme Liberal Intolerance,” while co-host Andrea Tantaros sneered to co-host Eric Bolling:
Eric, if you look at some of the things that he said also, he said we need to talk about what’s right, vs. what’s wrong. Um, he seems to say one thing, and then do another, and then when he’s called on the carpet, he doesn’t walk it back. I mean, he’s really not sorry for what he said to the senator from South Carolina.
This, from the woman who urged her radio-show listeners to “Do me a favor” and “punch (Obama supporters) in the face.” Where’s her apology?
Bolling quickly retorted with a race bait that also worked in an attack on President Obama:
…(Barber) goes on and on. You know, it’s almost getting — it is, it’s getting tiring. We have a black president, black senators, we have black heads — captains of business, companies, we have black entertainment channels. Is there racism? I don’t think there’s racism. I think the only people perpetuating racism are people like this gentleman from the NAACP, are the Al Sharptons of the world. Let’s move on. Let’s move on. I don’t think that the right is to blame for anything that’s-
You know what’s to blame? President Obama can be to blame for a lot of the unemployment in the black community. Black unemployment is 16.5% . Black unemployment among young people approaches 40%. The last five years have been President Obama’s, he owns it, he could fix it, he hasn’t really helped the black community out too well.
Bolling may be “tired” of black people talking about racism, but that has not stopped him from acquiring quite a record of race baiting of his own: For example, Bolling said about a visit from the leader of Gabon to the White House: “It’s not the first time (Obama's) had a hoodlum in the hizzouse.” Bolling has also “joked” that Congresswoman Maxine Waters is a crack head and he once opened The Five show speaking in Spanish, as a way of suggesting that America as we know it will disappear under immigration reform.
So, we ask you, Mr. Bolling: Would you care to revise your statement? Or, a little more accurately: You wanna retract your bulls**t, son?
First black senator since Reconstruction?? Do the names Edward Brooke, Carol Moseley Braun, and Barack Obama ring a bell?
“President Obama can be to blame for a lot of the unemployment in the black community. Black unemployment is 16.5% . Black unemployment among young people approaches 40%.”
You know who ELSE can be to blame, Boring?
The “job creators”.
“The last five years have been President Obama’s, he owns it, he could fix it, he hasn’t really helped the black community out too well.”
Somehow, I get the feeling that, if President Obama managed to wipe out all black unemployment tomorrow, by tomorrow night you and your fellow wingnut mouthpieces would be complaining that “he’s only looking out for the blacks” . . .
And you know who else could “fix it”? Agent Orange Boehner — but they’re too busy casting “symbolic” votes to repeal ACA . . .
Eric Bolling: Only Sharpton And The NAACP Perpetrate Racism
I’m sorry — was it Sharpton and the NAACP who recently talked on Fox about a “white Santa Claus”?
Was it Sharpton and the NAACP who said Trayvon Martin wouldn’t have been shot if he “didn’t dress like a thug?”