Racism back in the news, Black people still slaves to the one percent
By Charles Brown
Cliven Bundy, the rancher who is mooching off of federal grazing land, but hates the federal government he’s mooching off, has already done us a great service by revealing his white supremacy on national news. The Republicans had to try to distance themselves from him. Ha.
Along with the headline stories of taped white supremacist remarks by National Basketball Association owner Donald Sterling, and presto “racist” is back in the vocabulary of the monopoly media.
Not only that, but for the first time in decades, no journalists are accusing anybody of “playing the race card.” Not yet anyway.
In Michigan last month, we had the editor of the local business newspaper Crain’s Detroit, use slave plantation imagery in his op-ed “Maybe Detroit needs a permanent overseer,” although that was only reported in a blog, not on major television news.
Could there come a tectonic shift in media rhetoric? Keeping my fingers crossed, but not holding my breath. Hey right-wing nuts in the news, please keep talking to the camera.
You see, in this Reaganite era, a change we must make is in the media defaming those anti-racists speaking out against racism as “playing the race card.” For decades, anti-racist speech has been censored by the press through this sleight of hand. We live in a “post-racial” society, supposedly. So, the word “racist” is never used, except perhaps rarely to describe some person of color protesting against racism.
Things are so twisted that almost the only thing called “racism” by Big Brother press are acts or statements of anti-racism. For corporate journalists, that is “playing the race card” — “reverse racism.”
In the infamous U.S. Supreme Court case of University of California v. Bakke, way back in 1978, affirmative action to attain racial equality — the only way equality can be achieved — was slandered as violating protections of racial equality provided in the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
This began more than 30 years of denying the existence/persistence of racism. The narrative has been the racial playing field is now level, and we have achieved a “post-racial” or colorblind society, in no need of affirmative action remedies to overcome historically-instituted inequality between whites and people of color.
The recent news splashes explicitly characterizing as racist the words and thoughts of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling may be temporary, a flash in the pan. After all, the powerfully racist words of the current U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding Michigan Constitution’s ban on affirmative action just last week were not called racist by the media.
The Kansas City Star reports: “U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky of making a ‘racist statement,’ and said conservative opposition to Obamacare is rooted in racism. He labeled Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an ‘Uncle Tom.’ And he alleged Republican Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi turned down $426 million in Medicaid funding as part of Obamacare ‘just because a Black man created it.’”
Thompson asserts Republicans have opposed President Barack Obama because he’s Black. ‘I’ve been here a long time,’ says Thompson. ‘I’ve never seen the venom put forth on another candidate or president like I’ve seen with this president. And that’s my opinion.’”
We shall overcome — again.