Question: When is a blatently racist comment, not racist? Answer: When its being said by a liberal, of course!
Last Thursday, on The O’Reilly Factor, frequent guest Juan Williams – a moderate liberal who isn’t afraid to “call’em like he sees’em” and liberal radio host Warren Ballantine joined Bill for a discussion about the recent attacks on Rush Limbaugh. The discussion turned to the “Barack the Magic Negro” parody created by Limbaugh. Williams contended the polarizing radio host was taken out of context and pointed out the song was making fun of an article written by a black man with the same title. Once the debate was near completion, Ballantine took a thinly veiled racist shot at Juan Williams, saying, “You can go back to the porch, Juan. You can go back. It’s ok.” Video of the comment after the jump…
Since making the comment, Ballantine has not been apologetic in the least. The Washington Times has been tracking his tweets on Twitter, and he’s been bragging about it. After the show aired, he tweeted “ok howd i do u hear me tell jaun back to the porch lmao”. He says it was not intended as a racial slur, but he hasnt clarified what he did mean by it either. What really caught my intention about the slur, was the lack of coverage is was receiving in the media. Several popular sites and newpapers (Huffington Post, CNN, NBC News and New York Times included) that love promoting racial controversy when it is coming from the right have completely ignored Ballantine’s comment. You know, the same news media that has been pushing the Limbaugh storyline for the last week? Then when a blatant case of racism comes from one of their own – suddenly their self-righteousness isnt so…righteous. Is there any doubt if a member of the right makes a comment like this they would be boycotted, protested, and ridiculed? Don Imus for instance. This double standard is what makes many not trust the organizations supposedly in charge of being an agent of truth for the general public. It is examples such as this that give the media their liberal bias label.
The other question this incident brings to mind, is how much does racial pressure effect minority’s political opinions? We know Hispanics and African-Americans identify with conservative policies to a much higher degree when they arent labeled as “Republican Ideas” or “Democratic Ideas”. Does seeing someone like Ballantine essentially punk Williams on air make others refuse to openly state their own beliefs? Although I dont always agree with Juan Williams I admire him for his ability to critically think about issues without following some sort of agenda. He believes in what he thinks is right, no matter what his minority leadership tells him he should believe. That’s has to be real tough.
Juan Williams hosted The O’Reilly Factor on Friday – here is the segment where he discusses the Ballantine incident with his conservative guests:
UPDATE: Juan Williams with Bill O’Reilly on Monday’s show: