Comment of the Day
My favorite young anonymous GOP Tumblr troll provides today’s Comment of the Day, in response to my most recent post about wingnut Fox commentator Todd Starnes:
I like your lack of argument against any of his statements.
Those statements that I neglected to argue against included the following gems:
"Obama’s comments today justify what I said on Hannity earlier this week. He truly is trying to tear our country apart."
"His remarks today on the Trayvon Martin tragedy are beyond reprehensible."
"President Obama is now our Race-Baiter in Chief."
It is truly amazing that I didn’t make arguments against such cogent statements!
Here’s the problem with the wingnut who wrote these inane things in the first place and with the wingnut who thinks I need to make arguments about why President Obama isn’t “trying to tear our country apart” or “reprehensible” or “our Race-Baiter in Chief”:
President Obama says that we have something of a problem in this country having to do with race. He says, I understand the pain felt by black families in America today.
Then white people say, “We’re pretty sure we don’t have a problem with race today; in fact, we think you’re creating any race problem we have.”
President Obama says, “Well, how about the fact that a young black kid gets stalked in his own neighborhood because some other guy thinks he looks suspicious, then he gets shot to death by that guy and there’s no penalty for that homicide because the guy was defending himself in a situation that he himelf created by following the kid who wasn’t doing anything to arouse suspicion apart from being a black kid walking around in the neighborhood?”
Then white people say, “You can’t bring up those kinds of examples. That’s race-baiting! You’re creating the race problem by talking about this case or any other case in which black people are treated differently from white people. We should all just say we’re equal in every way because then we will be.”
In other words, some white people are absolutely positive that the only race problems in this country are being created by black people … even as they express this opinion while calling those black people every imaginable racial slur.
Or, here’s a slightly less charitable way to put my response:
Anyone who actively believes that the President of the United States is a race-baiter who is trying to tear this country apart and whose personal comments on the Trayvon Martin killing were beyond reprehensible, and anyone who believes that this nonsense needs to be disproved, is either desperately fearful of anyone challenging his own extreme privilege as a white man in this country or is a moron of the absolute highest order.
This is an absolute refusal to see the world from anyone else’s perspective or to try to empathize in any way with someone who isn’t just like you.
I can’t think of a nicer way to say this. And I’ve actually been trying.