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As covered in the press toward the end of last week, civil-rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton planned to consult with officials at the Federal Communications Commission to discuss methods by which radio talk-show host and conservative icon Rush Limbaugh and others like him might be removed from the airwaves. That this societal parasite who has contributed nothing but racial divisiveness to our society would be granted audience by an FCC mailroom clerk is an obscenity in itself; the idea that he might gain a scintilla of ground in his totalitarian quest is nothing less than horrific.
It is a sad joke that Sharpton has gleaned any credibility whatsoever among those who wish to be taken seriously. It is also testimony to the role of the establishment press in promoting liberal orthodoxy, since it is the press who essentially anointed him as a spokesperson for black Americans.
The media dynamic in play here, as well as most of Sharpton’s more public sins, are detailed in my recent book “Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal – America’s Racial Obsession.”
For years, the political left and career black activists have doggedly driven the cant that Limbaugh is racist; he was one of the first prominent media commentators to enjoy the appellation, since he was the first and most successful in the new generation of talk-radio celebrities. Inasmuch as the left and aforementioned activists perceive a threat in the mere existence of such individuals, they must somehow qualify as racists, and thus Limbaugh is the worst of the lot.
The fact that Limbaugh hasn’t evidenced a bigoted bone in his body counts for nothing – less than nothing really; there isn’t anything he’s said over the course of his entire on-air career that has even approached the level of actor Michael Richards’ 2006 comments, or those of TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman in 2007. Both men were recorded on video and audio, respectively, using the word “nigger” – and not in an acceptable context.
We’ve been treated to Al’s tedious, overweening self-promotion for nearly 30 years now. Like a flesh-eating movie zombie, he arises again and again to feast – and, like in the zombie films, always predictably.
Only this time, he seeks to devour our liberty.
Given Sharpton’s gutter roots, his diatribe remains at cretinous levels, but this is what passes for legitimate discourse these days. If someone derides entitlements, government dependency or the concept of reparations for blacks as amoral government money grabs, Sharpton calls it racism. Limbaugh is routinely accused of employing racist oratory (by Sharpton and others) when he hasn’t even addressed the subject of race.
So we’re not telling Rush don’t say what he wants to say. Say it at home. Don’t get on publicly regulated radio and television that are selectively given licenses and do that to offend people because of their race or their gender.
– Al Sharpton
A better instance of the pot calling the kettle black I’ve never heard. Pun intended.
In the wake of public outrage over political agendas being advanced by public broadcasting entities (which were inflamed over the firing of a black man, I might add), Sharpton is not even savvy enough to make the distinction between public access and market forces. Nobody compels anyone to watch Limbaugh, or Black Entertainment Television for that matter, whose agenda most certainly includes advancing far-left racial dogma, which is racism, res ipsa loquitur.
So will Sharpton, like so many blacks of questionable character (including our president), be given latitude in his loathsome efforts simply because he is black? Well, that largely depends on the outlook of the Obama appointees running the FCC. Given this administration’s proclivity for circumventing the legislative process via the executive branch and cooperation with activists, the outcome is anyone’s guess.
We are never gonna get over it, and we are never gonna let you forget it!
– Al Sharpton
That quote demonstrates what all this is really about: keeping the lie alive – whether the lie is that Limbaugh is a racist or that America is an institutionally racist nation. That and, as always, keeping the Rev. in the public eye and the green stuff. There’s little doubt that Sharpton finds Limbaugh offensive, but I doubt he cares one way or another whether Rush stays on the air or not. Indeed, having such a target presents infinite opportunities for Sharpton, the quintessential opportunist. He has learned – if only via the Pavlovian modality – that while one ought not be able to say “anything you want” (his words), his own brand of racist invective is socially acceptable, while the type of which he is accusing Rush Limbaugh – however slanderously – is not.