One of the stranger features of of this election is that 90 percent of the racebaiting has come from a pudgy white Democrat. Forget Toure, Chris Matthews has spent more time screaming about racism than he has talking about the economy.
There’s something strange and wrong when the MSNBC talking head most associated with false accusations of racism isn’t Al Sharpton, but Chris Matthews. And the wrongness just keeps on coming.
Matthews did not agree. “When you keep doing this stuff like — look at this Thompson, the kid of Tommy Thompson,” Matthews said. “I got nothing against Tommy Thompson, but he’s raising his kids wrong.” He said that Thompson’s son’s joke about sending Obama back to Kenya was inflammatory. Matthews also said that Donald Trump saying that Obama was “monkeying with the unemployment numbers” had a negative racial connotation as well.
What are the racial connotations of sending Obama back to Kenya? Obama’s father is from Kenya. Monkeying around is a common expression. And it’s appropriate in this context. This kind of racial nitpicking reminds me of this.
Biden can yell about chains to African Americans, but any mention of a politician who happens to be black monkeying with the numbers and the outrage wells overflow.
Finally, after playing a clip of Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu saying that he wishes someone would teach the president “how to be an America,” Matthews admonished white people in general.
John Sununu is Arab so he’s also a member of a minority group. It’s odd that Chris Matthews doesn’t seem to know that, but these days Matthews, who was once vaguely credible, doesn’t seem to know anything except racebaiting.
“As a white person, I think it’s a statement against the white people to talk like this,” said Matthews. “It’s a sickness by the white people. Anyway, they ought to be ashamed of themselves.”
Matthews ought to be ashamed of himself for transforming him mental illness into racial tirades. Democrats claimed that Obama would come as a racial healer, but his surrogates seem determined to protect his power and popularity by trafficking in constant racial divisiveness.
And the strangest part of that may be how Chris Matthews transformed himself into Al Sharpton, constantly shouting about race while minimizing real racism. Real racism isn’t talking about monkeying with numbers. It’s what Libyans have been doing to Africans. It’s what Sudan has done to Africans. It’s what Egyptian Bedouins have been doing to Africans. And white pundits like Chris Matthews who have given up debating policy and gone full time into the racist trade ought to be ashamed of themselves for exploiting a horrifying problem for their trivial political ends.