On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh was talking about Obama’s Easter Sunday pastor who called out the “captains of the religious right.” The preacher claimed that the (white) Conservative Christians want all the blacks to go to the back of the bus again, for wives to be relegated to the kitchen like they used to be and for the homosexuals to go back in the closet. He complained that those on the religious right are standing in the way of “progress.”
A listener called in and suggested that the President is the one who inspired racism in this preacher. Limbaugh agreed:
“Obama’s presence inspires this guy to go all divisive, all racist and start jamming on the Republicans for wanting blacks in the back of the bus and women back in the kitchen when he can’t name a single person who does. But the President of the United States, you may be right, may have inspired that in this preacher.”
After Chris Matthews played the Limbaugh audio clip on his TV show, he chuckled and then set the record straight as to what racism actually is. Here’s what he said:
“Well actually, Rushbo, racism is the belief that one race – whites – should rule all others. Get your definitions straight.”
Well, since he’s so adamant about “getting definitions straight,” I think his definition would be closer to that of white supremacy, which is a form of racism. But racism itself is a general term that encompasses all races, not just whites.
Merriam-Webster defines racism as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities, and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”
In Matthews’ mind, whites are inherently inferior because of their race. They have “white privilege,” and there’s nothing they can do shake it off. Likewise, straights are inherently homophobic, and males are inherently sexist.
Blacks are inherently victims, because they’re born black in a white-, male- and straight-privileged society. Because of their inherent victim status, Matthews thinks they should be treated as superiors. We owe it to blacks because of slavery 150 years ago.
Liberals, black and white, are the ones who obsess over dividing everybody into racial categories and granting particular racial groups special rights and privileges and depriving others from them based on their race. They are the real racists, and Matthews needs to “get his definitions straight.”