What must be said is this: The United States of America is actually Black Run America (BRA), as evidenced by a few hours on this website, which will provide ample anecdotal tales of life under the iron heel of those who have majored in whiteness studies.
Olbermann, a former ESPN commentator turned political flamethrower, loves to bring up his passion for sports (again, the only source of positive images of Black people available in America) and how wonderful racial diversity has made the games we watch. Never mind the inconvenient truth that Harvard educator Robert Putnam has shown diversity to be a source of distrust and loss of community standards.
Worse, Olbermann's beloved sport of baseball is reaching a point where the game has almost as many Black players as when Jackie Robinson heroically integrated America's past time some 60+ years ago.
Of course, Olbermann's main source of hatred is directed at Fox News and those insidious, hideously white tea party protesters.
On the February 15th edition of his television program "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" on MSNBC, he had these words of enlightenment to bestow upon the bigoted Tea Party movement (warning: this is a long rant that must be read and watched below):
A special comment on Presidents‘ Day, on Washington and Lincoln and racism and Tea Parties. That‘s next.Olbermann asked why no Black faces are prevalent or noticeable at Tea Party protests, so Stuff Black People Don't Like will supply that answer with this simple answer that is nearly as pedantic, pretentious and pompous as the soliloquy we just provided you with, courtesy of Keith.
But first, tonight‘s worst persons in the world.
The bronze to former Vice President Dan Quayle, back from obscurity to give us one of those “how many things are wrong in this picture” quotes in which he defends the filibuster. He opposes a reconciliation bill on health care because, quote, “what you have done, effectively, is to take away the filibuster in the United States Senate. So therefore you have 51 votes in the House and 51 votes in the Senate. That is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind.”
Fifty one votes in the House. Also know that Founding Fathers did not have 51 votes in mind for the Senate or the House, because the original Senate only had 26 senators and the original House only had 65 congressman. Most importantly, the last time the Republicans controlled the Senate, they used reconciliation to pass major, nation-changing bills with only 51 votes at least four times. Where were you then, Dan, growing potatoes with an E.
Our runner-up, Joshua Vazquez, arrested in California‘s wonderful City of Commerce on Friday. He‘s an alleged scratchitti (ph) artist, you know, a tagger who etches glass rather than sprays paint. He came upon a beautiful smoked glass door in the Aquatic Center and couldn‘t resist, so he began to scratch it up. It was then that Mr. Vasquez learned that the glass might have been dark on his side of the door, but it wasn‘t on the other side, where his alleged vandalism was clearly seen by people inside taking a training class. They were 100 Los Angeles County sheriff‘s deputies, who had just gotten to the topic of having backup while conducting pursuits on foot. One of the deputies, followed by 39 backup officers, promptly burst through the door and arrested Mr. Vazquez.
But our winner, Dick Morris of Fixed News. Kind of like the Vazquez story, he has spun out a new mind-bending criticism of Obama counter-terror policy. And as usual, when you want the dumb, you ask Dick. “It is the president‘s efforts to crow about how effective he is in fighting terrorism that are helping al Qaeda. What kind of policy is it to announce to the world that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian terrorist who attempted to blow up a plane as it approached Detroit this past Christmas, is talking to investigators and giving them much valuable information. It provides al Qaeda with a timely warning that we are on to their plans and that Abdulmutallab has explained to us we know what they have up their sleeves. In counter-terrorism, knowing your enemies‘ plans is key to thwarting them. If al Qaeda knows that we are prepared, they will obviously change their plans.”
That would be why the FBI boasted about capturing Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. That would be why John Ashcroft boasted, by satellite from Russia, about the arrest of Jose Padilla. That would be why Bush boasted about the attack he interrupted in LA. That‘s why his administration gave out every single detail of every terrorist wannabe they could locate, so they could crow about how effective Bush was in fighting terrorism and they could help al Qaeda? So they could provide al Qaeda with a timely warning?
Now, that‘s a startling charge to make against the Bush administration, Dick. You‘re basically accusing President Bush of treason. Wow. Dick “George W. Bush Helped al Qaeda” Morris, today‘s worst person in the world.
OLBERMANN: Finally, tonight, as promised, a Special Comments on this Presidents‘ Day, celebrating George Washington and the founding fathers he represents, and Abraham Lincoln and the emancipation he represents.
And I think having now been one for 51 years, I am permitted to say I believe prejudice and discrimination still sit defeated, dormant, or virulent, somewhere in the soul of each white man in this country. Sixty three years after Jackie Robinson and 56 years after Brown v. Board of Education, and 46 after the Civil Rights Act, and a year and a half after the presidential election, this is not a popular thing to say.
This is also not a thing that should be true, even as a vestige of our sad past on this topic. But it is. Discrimination is still all around us in so many ways, openly redirected towards immigrants who are doing nothing more than following the path that brought my recent ancestors here and probably yours too.
Or focused on gays, predicated on a mumbo jumbo of Biblical misinterpretations.
Or leaching out still against black people in things like the Tea Party movement. I think the progress we have made in the last 60 years in this country has been measurable and good, but I think discrimination has been tamed, perhaps, not eradicated.
For our society still emphasizes our differences as much as our similarities. We may be 63 years from Jackie Robinson, but we are not 63 days from man going on national radio and telling us the president of the United States was elected only because of the color of his skin.
Discrimination, I have always thought, is a perversion of one of the most necessary instincts of survival. As a child, put your hand on a red-hot stove and you‘ll quickly learn to discriminate against red-hot stoves. But at that age, if you‘re also told you need to beware of, say, black people, you will spend your life having to fight against wiring created in your brain for no reason other than to reflect someone else‘s prejudice.
And it need not even be that related to trauma.
The other night in the hospital, my father was talking about seeing Sachel Page pitch. At Yankee Stadium this was. The time was about 1941, and the team was the New York Black Yankees, and my father shook his head in amazement as he told met his. “It never occurred to me,” he said—“it never occurred to anybody I know that he couldn‘t play for the other Yankees,” my dad said. We just assumed he didn‘t want to, that none of them wanted to.
These thoughts still linger in our lives, still actively passed to some of us by people who are not like my father, who never questioned their own upbringing or parents or school or world. That older, brutal prejudice with impunity world, which reappears somewhere every day, like Brigadoon—sometimes with virulence, like in Don Imus‘ infamous remarks, sometimes with utter, arrogant tone deafness, as in John Mayer‘s “Playboy” interview, sometimes with a kind of poorly informed benign phrase, like Harry Reid‘s comment about dialect, sometimes with the one-headedness of surprise that no one is screaming, “MF-er, I want more iced tea at a Harlem restaurant.”
But it‘s still there. I‘m not black, so I can‘t say for sure, but my guess is the reverse feeling still exists too. The same doubt and nagging distrust, only with the arrow pointing the opposite way. And I guess it‘s still there too among Hispanics and Asians and every other self-identifying group, because this country since the Civil War has not only become ever increasingly great, not merely for dismantling the formalized racism of our first 200 years on this continent, but because we have been dismantling a million years of not fully trusting the guys in the next cave because they are somehow different.
This all still lingers about us, all of us, whether we see it or not. And since it‘s no longer fashionable, indeed no longer acceptable, it oozes out around the edges and those who speak it don‘t even realize that as good as their intention might be, as improved as their attitudes might be from where they used to be or where their parents or grandparents used to be, or where America used to be, it‘s still racism.
Thus it has become fashionable, sometimes psychologically necessary that when some of us express it, we have to put it in code or dress it up or provide a rationalization to ourselves for it. That this has nothing to do with race or prejudice, the man‘s a socialist, and he‘s bent on destroying the country and he was only elected by people who can‘t speak English. Or was it he was only elected by guilty whites?
The rationalizations of the racist are too many and too contradictory for the rest of us to keep them straight. The whole of the anger at government movement is predicated on this. Times are tough. The future is confusing. The threat from those who would dismantle our way of life is real, as if we weren‘t, to some extent, doing it for them now.
And the president is black, but you can‘t come out and say that‘s why you‘re scared. Say that and in all but the lifeless fringes of our society, you are an outcast. So this is where the euphemisms come in. Your taxes haven‘t gone up. The budget deficit is from the last administration‘s adventurous war. Grandma is much more likely to be death paneled by your insurance company. And a socialist president would be the one who tried to buy as many voters as possible with stupid tax cuts.
But facts don‘t matter when you‘re looking for an excuse to say you hate this president. But not because he‘s black. Anything you can say out loud without your family and friends bursting into laughter at you will do.
And this is where those Tea Parties come in. I know I‘ve taken a lot of heat for emphasizing a particular phrase, which originated at a FreeRepublic.com rally a year ago this month, originated with a Tea Partier. And I know phrases like Tea Klux Clan are incendiary, and I know I use them in part because I‘m angry.
But at so late a date we still have to bat back that racial uneasiness which has to envelope us all. And I know if I could only listen to Lincoln on this on all days about the better angels of our nature, I would know what we‘re seeing at the Tea Parties is, at its base, people that are afraid, terribly, painfully, crippling, blindingly afraid.
But let me ask all of you who attend these things how many black faces do you see at these events? How many Hispanics, Asians, gays? Where are these people? Surely there must be blacks who think they‘re being bled by taxation? Surely there must be Hispanics who think the government should have let the auto industry fail. Surely there must be people of all colors and creeds who believe in cultural literacy tests and speaking English.
Where are they? Where are they? Do you suppose they agree with you, but they‘ve just chosen to attend their own separate meetings, that they‘re not at your Tea Party because they have a Tea Party of their own to go to? Are you thinking like my father did about Sachel Page and the Black Yankees, that they want this.
My father had an excuse for that. He was 12 years old. It was 1941. Are you at the Tea Party 12 years old? For you, is it 1941? You‘re scared and you‘re in a world that has changed in a million ways. The most obvious one is something unforeseeable a decade ago, a black president.
Yet you are also in a world inherited, installed by generations that knew only fear and brutality and prejudice and difference and suspicion. The generations have gone, but the suspicion lingers on.
Not all of our heritage is honorable. Not all the decisions of the founding fathers were noble. Not very many of the founding fathers were evolved enough to believe that black people were actually people. The founding fathers thought they were and fought hard to make sure they would always remain slaves.
Fear is a terrible thing. So is prejudice. So is racism. And progress towards the removal of any evil produces an inevitable backlash. The Civil War was not followed by desegregation, but by Jim Crow and the Klan. The Civil War rights legislation of the ‘60s was not followed by peace, but by George Wallace and anti-busing overt racism.
Why should the election of a black president be without a backlash? But recognize what this backlash is and maybe you can free yourself of this movement, built of inherited fears and of echoes of 1963 or 1873.
Look at who is leading you and why, and look past the blustery self-justifications and see the fear, this unspoken, inchoate (ph), unnecessary fear of those who are different.
If you believe there is merit to your political argument, fine. But ask yourself when you next go to a Tea Party rally or watch one on television or listen to a politician or a commentator praise these things or merely treat them as if it was just a coincidence that they are virtually segregated, ask yourself, where are the black faces? Who am I marching with? What are we afraid of?
And if it really is only a president‘s policy and not his skin, ask yourself one final question. Why are you surrounded by the largest crowd you will ever again see in your life that consists of nothing but people who look exactly like you. Good night and good luck.
Remember, Black people don't like to be the Token Black. Michael Steele currently has that role as the head of the Republican Party, and even he is cracking under the pressure of living up to the title of Uncle Tom.
Acting White is a major no-no in the Black community. The Tea Party movement is implicitly white, thus any self-respecting Black person understands that unless they need Blackness beat into them, they will stay away from these mass gatherings of angry white people.
Black people don't want to pay for healthcare, and Tea Party members don't want to pay for anyone's healthcare, but their own. Obviously, a major clash in desire warrants the VOLUNTARY exclusion of Black people from the Tea Party movement for that reason.
Worse, the Tea Party wishes to remove much legislation that has created the omnipotent Nanny State and they seek to dismantle programs such as welfare, food stamps, and other governmental policies that work to the benefit of the minions of BRA, and to their ruination.
Heck, even Captain America has found the Tea Party movement a shocking sight to behold for its almost blinding whiteness:
Ed Brubaker and Marvel Comics recently came under fire by Fox News due to the characterization of a small town protest group in Captain America #602. In the issue, Bucky and the Falcon, tracking down the faux 1950's Captain America, find themselves in rural Idaho at the center of a gathering anti-government storm. And here Brubaker's troubles begin...The point that Olbermann refuses to understand and one that Black people understand inherently is that most people live a life of full of segregation. Black people have their own television; their own State of the Union; their own colleges; and their own traditions.
And the same must be said for the racial components of Bucky and the Falcon's visit to small-town America, where the Falcon -- a black hero -- remarks at the heated faux-Tea Party rally that "I don't exactly see a black man from Harlem fitting in with a bunch of angry white folks." Because whether Warner Todd Houston likes it or not, anyone with a pair of eyes will tell you that there is a strong tinge of racial tension present in at least some of these rallies, whose leader Mark Williams once called Obama "an Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug and a racist in chief."
Whitopia's have been created across the nation and Black people don't seem to mind to much as they have their own cities where they dwell in near total Blackness.
Pre-Obama America is not only the Stuff Black People Don't Like, but it is an ugly reminder of the white past that haunts Olbermann in his sleep.
It is important to look at one frame of diction from the Olbermann rant that is an obvious bold-face lie:
If you believe there is merit to your political argument, fine. But ask yourself when you next go to a Tea Party rally or watch one on television or listen to a politician or a commentator praise these things or merely treat them as if it was just a coincidence that they are virtually segregated, ask yourself, where are the black faces? Who am I marching with? What are we afraid of? And if it really is only a president‘s policy and not his skin, ask yourself one final question. Why are you surrounded by the largest crowd you will ever again see in your life that consists of nothing but people who look exactly like you.Keith must not go to sporting events across the nation. College football games, the purest form of athletic competition left in the United States, routinely boast crowds of 80,000 + at events during the fall of almost all-white attendants. Chanting their college teams fight songs in unison, these events look like Facisistic rallies, compared to the relative timidity of the Tea Party gatherings.
And they are nearly all-white affairs (save for the players on the field). Country music concerts, classical music performances and the dreaded N-word (NASCAR!!!) all sport crowds that are all-white and oh so boring and inherently racist in Olbermann's DWL eyes.
By the way Keith, white people didn't circulate secret memos about losing power in America when Barack Obama was about to become president. That actually happened when Black people were about to lose power in Atlanta. The Tea Party people have no power, they have no leader as they are merely MARs.