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18 Sep

The Racism of Right Wing Republicans

Limbaugh’s Racist Shocker: “We Need Segregated Buses”

By , Raw Story, September 18, 2009

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In a remark extraordinary even by the standards of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing radio heavyweight declared on his program Wednesday that the United States needed to return to racially segregated buses.

Referring to an incident in which a white student was beaten by black students on a bus, Limbaugh said: “I think the guy’s wrong. I think not only it was racism, it was justifiable racism. I mean, that’s the lesson we’re being taught here today. Kid shouldn’t have been on the bus anyway. We need segregated buses — it was invading space and stuff. This is Obama’s America.”

A full transcript of Limbaugh’s comments on his radio show is available at MediaMatters.org.

Limbaugh’s comments came after a called complained to say that local law enforcement said the attack probably wasn’t racially motivated. The incident had been hyped by the conservative Drudge Report, which posted a video of the fracas.

“Police initially said the beating of the white student by two black students appeared to be racially motivated,” the Associated Press wrote. “But police on Tuesday backed away from that.”

That didn’t stop Limbaugh from making his comments Wednesday.

“In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering, ‘Yay, right on, right on, right on, right on,” Limbaugh also said. “I wonder if Obama’s going to come to come to the defense of the assailants the way he did his friend Skip Gates up there at Harvard.”

“White Americans are racists who have created what they call free markets that really just enslave the rest of America and her trading partners,” Limbaugh also mocked. “I mean, it was white Americans that ran off Van Jones. No, look, let’s just follow Eric Holder’s advice and not be cowards about all this. Let’s have an open conversation, an honest conversation about all of our typical white grandmothers. You had one, I had one. Obama had one. They’re racists just like our students are. ACORN — hey, nothing but racism fueling the pursuit of ACORN.”

Limbaugh also suggested that racism itself was acceptable.

“If homosexuality being inborn is what makes it acceptable, why does racism being inborn not make racism acceptable?” the talk show host asked. “I’m sorry — I mean, this is the way my mind works. But apparently now we don’t choose racism, we just are racists. We are born that way. We don’t choose it. So shouldn’t it be acceptable, excuse — this is according to the way the left thinks about things.”

The second set of comments occur in the audio clip below.

Comment from a boy who grew up in the sixties:

Growing up in the sixties during the civil rights movement, I (a white boy) had to live in the worst part of town and attend a middle school that had roughly 10 whites and 490 blacks. I got into a few fistfights and was called names by other kids. Not all my school mates were racist. Most understood that I was just poor like them. I seemed to have the most trouble when someone got on TV or radio and got people fired up. People like George Wallace for one. By the time I got out of the ghetto, the govt. started busing. I watched black kids get bused to a white school and vice versa. To this day, I don’t see much of a change. The only thing really changed was the school bldg. and location. There’s still a lot of racism out there, but it comes from the most ignorant of our society. As for Limbo’s comment, it’s a very foolish one. I wish both sides, democrat and republican, would stop using race as a crutch and an excuse for bad behavior. As long as we cling to racism, we will never progress the way we should. I saw riots in the 60’s and they would get ugly real fast. The blow hards and troublemakers somewhat like Limbo and Beck, would always be the ones to run and hide and let the police clean up the mess. We the people, must boycott any advertiser who pays these loudmouths to spout off about racism. The news media and the internet have rapidly become places of racial debate. I suggest people go out an look at the real world. Real people are steering away from racism. Seems like only the racists are the ones that keep the debate in heat. I say, put Rush on a big bus, loaded with armed black panthers on their way to break up a klan meeting. I would just like to see him walk through the projects close to where I live. People like Limbaugh and Beck should be forced to live in a predominantly black neighborhood for a while. They are indoctrinating young white people, much like Hitler did. They are just dregs of society. They need to be taught some manners.

The World Rush, Beck, O’Reilly and their followers are stuck in

When women stayed in the kitchen and “Negroes” knew their place and Dad was king of the house. And the kids were perfect and you lived in your suburban castle and there were few uppity liberals questioning how things were going, and suggesting that maybe your world wasn’t as nice as it appeared, that dark things were going on beneath the surface. When you could physically abuse your kids if they misbehaved and knock your wife around if you felt like it. That in those pre-Medicare days old people died because they couldn’t afford to go to the hospital. That women had no birth control choices, which was just fine because it further kept them in line. That women had only three professions open to them: teacher, nurse, or secretary. That it was ok to mess with other countries and support repressive governments in the name of rampant capitalism. That it was ok to wreck the environment, also in the name of “free enterprise”. Where you could go to church and get reassurance the God was on America’s side and that those who were poor or minority or lived in a “ghetto” it was due to moral failings on their part.

This is the world that these racists and their followers are stuck in. This is the world they want to go back to. This is the world view they have as an answer to everything. And this is the reason Conservatives are becoming increasingly irrelevant for today’s world, because–in the end–they really have no answers, nor do they want to.

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