Beck: Obama’s Racist Towards ‘White CEOs’ Like Tony Hayward
June 15, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Glenn Beck, Fox News’ resident hate-monger and conspiracy-theorist-in-chief, has once AGAIN attacked President Obama as a racist. How curious that Beck only sees racism, when he is attacking African-Americans and Latinos. In any event, perhaps in response to his sagging ratings, Beck decided to return to blatant race-baiting. After all, look at all of the attention he received last time he attacked our first black president, as a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred for white people.” Sure, he lost dozens of advertisers, but Fox News and Rupert Murdoch have stood by him, providing Beck with a nightly platform to peddle his moronic books and incendiary rhetoric. And the level of right-wing discourse has sunk so low, with even GOP congressional lawmakers attacking President Obama as harboring racism towards whites, that Beck has little to lose with his offensive racial animus. If we lived in a sane world, Glenn Beck would not be welcome in polite company.
Beck began his ugly racial attack against President Obama on his radio show on Monday, by playing a portion of an interview Obama gave in 1995, which Beck purposely edited to distort Obama’s remarks and remove all context. Obama’s unedited remarks specifically focused on mutual responsibility for both blacks and whites:
“When Obama was asked whether the next generation will also have to deal with the same racial issues, he replied that it “depends on what we do and whether we take some mutual responsibility for bridging the divisions that exist right now.” Obama continued: “And I really want to emphasize the word ‘responsibility.’ I think that whether you are a white executive living out in the suburbs who doesn’t want to pay taxes to inner-city children to — for them to go to school or you’re an inner-city child who doesn’t want to take responsibility for keeping your street safe and clean, both of those groups have to take some responsibility if we’re going to get beyond the kinds of divisions that we face right now.”
Using Obama’s chopped off remarks regarding a “white executive” and “inner-city children,” Beck claimed that Obama didn’t want to meet personally with BP chief executive Tony Hayward, because he is a “white CEO.” Beck also concluded that Obama’s edited comments promoted “stereotyping,” “profiling and were “code language,” which “sounds like racism.”
After setting the stage on his radio show, Beck repeated his racial attacks on President Obama on his Fox News program; this time with the aid of his chalkboard:
BECK: “What is it that Barack Obama knows that he won’t even bother to meet with the guy to hear him out? Well, until, you know, he changed his mind a couple of days later. What is it that the dictator of Iran, the crazy guy in Iran has in the credibility department that the CEO of BP doesn’t have? What is it? Tell me. I’d like to know. Does the fact the BP CEO is a capitalist — does that — is that what does it? You know, when I meet with those capitalists — he’s a white CEO. Maybe that’s it. He’s a white CEO. White CEOs — I don’t know if you know this — but white CEOs, they don’t like to — they don’t want to pay their tax dollars and have those tax dollars go to inner-city kids.
OBAMA [audio clip]: And I really want to emphasize the word responsibility. I think that whether you are a white executive living out in the suburbs who doesn’t want to pay taxes to inner-city children to — for them to go to school –
BECK: I know. Man, all those white executives, what racists they are. They’re all alike, you know. Oh, they just hate those inner-city kids. Wow. Inner-city kids — that’s not code language, is it? And gee, all those white executives that don’t want to pay their taxes, have to go to — that sounds an awful lot like profiling.
BECK: It’s almost like he’s generalizing, profiling, and stereotyping.”
It sure sounds like Beck is doing a lot of generalizing of his own. Beck said he was going “out on a limb” to claim Obama stereotypes and profiles “white CEOs.” You don’t say.