MSNBC’s Ed Schultz is one of those insane people. Or he’s an idiot. Take your pick.
Here’s the latest insanity from Schultz and others who see racism hiding under every phrase spoken by people they don’t like. In a discussion of rolling back Barack Obama’s health care reforms, Sen. Jim Demint, R-S.C., said, “If we are able to stop Obama on this [health care law], it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” Schultz repeated, “It will break him,” in an ominous tone and then accused Demint of being a racist for using the word “break” in relation to a black man.
Huh? Give me a break.
A couple of university professors support Schultz’s bizarro assertion. Dr. James Peterson, for instance, is director of “Africana studies” at Lehigh University, and he said that “break” is a racist verb, because it is “a term that was used to destroy, mentally and physically, slaves.”
So let me get this straight. We’re supposed to treat people in a colorblind way, but when a white politician says something that plainly refers to ending the political effectiveness of a political opponent, he is held responsible for something that some idiot claims was used in a racial way 150 years ago? Schultz claims the word is an “old southern racist term.” I’ve lived in the South all my life, and I’ve never once heard it used that way.
People such as Schultz and this black professor I just quoted (plus another professor quoted on the show) see racism wherever it’s convenient to see it. They never see it in their own friends and allies, of course. It’s only among those evil white people who they disagree with. You see, people who disagree with them aren’t just wrong. They’re evil. They’re racists.
I really don’t know whether Schultz and Peterson are insane or simply stupid, but I’m sure of one thing. They will find racism under any rock under which they look — if it’s convenient to their position to find it there. There’s plenty of real racism in this world — among every racial group — but when you only find it among your opponents, that’s a clear sign that you’re seeing the world through a very selective lens.