Dear Tea Party, Racism Is Not Dead

American Conservatives of Color founder Derrick Wilburn, delivered this week’s National Weekly Tea Party address. But his message wasn’t to the tea party, it was to the “liberal progressive haters.” He feels that those on the Left are the real racists. We are more than familiar with the irony of this.

On today’s show we break down what you shouldn’t bring into an argument, the Fort Hood shooting that took place on Wednesday, and the Army’s newest hairstyle bans that are biased against black women.

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33 replies
  1. 1
    Archon says:

    Black conservatives; horribly deluded or true capitalists who have found a market and are getting paid for it.

  2. 2
    Matt says:

    I’d recommend that Mr. Wilburn try driving an expensive car through certain parts of the South to see just how “dead” racism is, but I don’t actually want the poor fool *killed*…

  3. 3
    Mike in NC says:

    @Archon: Remember that “Black Confederate” dude who tries to charge $20K for speaking engagements? How’s that working out?

  4. 4
    CONGRATULATIONS! says:

    Considering that, in my admittedly limited experience, that enlisted black women are the only reason that the Army CAN and does get anything done in the first place, discriminating against them seems…really, really stupid.

  5. 5
    El Caganer says:

    It’s not dead, it’s just resting.

  6. 6
    cokane says:

    Elon you should do a show on the TNC v Chait debate. I know you guys love to tackle low-hanging fruit of idiots saying idiotic things, but man I think you could do a good discussion on their debate.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    He doth protest too loudly. He knows that his fellow T’Baggers are racist as hell.

    Remember when CPAC conducted minority outreach and a racist defended racism?
    http://thinkprogress.org/justi.....-outreach/

    And the joker who flew the confederate flag in front of the White House?
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....ite-house/

    There are too many examples to recount.

  8. 8

    Is it acceptable for white people to talk about guys like this as Uncle Toms? Is this something we’d be better off letting other African Americans say? Because, right or wrong, this guy sure seems like one to me.

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    sharl says:

    I know there is an informal group called “Black Twitter”, since I follow its conversations sometimes.

    But is there such a thing as Weird Black Twitter? The collective known as Weird Twitter did a great job with the Marine Todd meme, and I’m thinking a similar collective of non-white folk would provide the perfect treatment for the crap that so often comes out of the mouths of mercenary ‘conservatives of color’.

    ETA: added a link

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.):

    Is it acceptable for white people to talk about guys like this as Uncle Toms?

    I don’t know the answer to that question, but I, personally, would stear clear of it.

  11. 11
    jharp says:

    I hope the baggers are paying him well. They deserve to lose their money.

  12. 12
    the Conster says:

    @El Caganer:

    I was going to say that it’s not even resting. Moar accurate.

  13. 13
    SatanicPanic says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Yup, not touching that one with a ten foot pole. Note to fellow liberals- that doesn’t help!

  14. 14
    rikyrah says:

    Slave catchers all the way around

    He needs the DROP SQUAD

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    Chris says:

    @Mike in NC:

    My favorite was that guy at CPAC (I don’t know if it was him) who was talking about how black people needed to get over racism, forgive white people, etc, and held up as an example a story about Frederick Douglass forgiving his owner. Teabagger in the audience: “For what? For giving him food and shelter?”

    Or Herman Cain criticizing Rick Perry’s ranch for using the N word in the name, having the entire right wing open fire on him, and meekly apologize for forgetting his place.

    You really have to wonder what’s going through their heads at moments like that. Sure, there’s money in wingnut welfare… but, really, is any amount of money worth that?

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    SatanicPanic says:

    If he’s angry at people writing him racist emails I’m not really going to laugh at him for feeling that way. Not that I have to accept his support of the tea party or his claim that liberals are the real racists. Yes, there are liberal racists. we try our best to shut them up.

  17. 17

    OT but powerful pic of an interaction between a white Cleveland Indians fan dressed in costume and a Native American. http://t.co/UPPdFzBFG0

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Chris:

    Or Herman Cain criticizing Rick Perry’s ranch for using the N word in the name, having the entire right wing open fire on him, and meekly apologize for forgetting his place.

    That was pretty much a classic example of just how bad racism still is in this country. The fact that Cain immediately surrendered is the most damning thing he could have done in my eyes.

    Fuck him.

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    scav says:

    @SatanicPanic: There’s certainly other veins of collaborationist images to play with. Collabro was my first thought, but I’m currently savoring his delusions of Quislingdom.

  20. 20
    Sad_Dem says:

    Racism isn’t dead, and all I have to do to know it is visit my local Craigslist’s Rants and Raves and my local newspaper’s online comments.

  21. 21
    Cassidy says:

    The new Army regs are designed to thin the numbers out. The fact that their culling the herd of AA’s and people with tattoos disgusts me. If you’re not a clean cut looking white male, don’t go see a recruiter. Fuck’em. I’m glad I’m done.

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    kc says:

    @Chris:

    My favorite was that guy at CPAC (I don’t know if it was him) who was talking about how black people needed to get over racism, forgive white people, etc, and held up as an example a story about Frederick Douglass forgiving his owner. Teabagger in the audience: “For what? For giving him food and shelter?”

    Oh, no, tell me that didn’t happen . . .

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    sharl says:

    @rikyrah: I figured your reference to DROP SQUAD would lead somewhere, and sure enough! I’d never heard of that movie. It apparently didn’t do well at the box office, but from the looks of the plot it may not have really been produced with that in mind. Hard to tell without researching it a lot more deeply.

    It did get me to reevaluating my earlier idea (comment #9), and I now think that is a nonstarter. As Fox and so many other conservative media outlets have discovered, you don’t use pundits-of-color to convince other people-of-color about anything, since the latter will know that the former are full of crap from the get-go anyway. Nope, you use such folks to make white folk more comfortable with their own racism and related biases, e.g., “see, that black fella there is proving what I’ve been thinking all along! There ain’t much a problem with racism, just a bunch of folks working that angle to get more gubmint programs and money.”

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    Russ says:

    He really needs to prove his accusations of progressives with the emails.

  26. 26
    kc says:

    Listening to podcast now. I have to admit, every time I hear about a mass shooting or attack my second reaction, after horror, is to think think, “Oh God, I hope it’s not a Muslim.”

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    WereBear says:

    @Chris: You really have to wonder what’s going through their heads at moments like that. Sure, there’s money in wingnut welfare… but, really, is any amount of money worth that?

    Why, Justice Clarence Thomas is just the happiest guy in the world!

    Actually, that’s sarcasm. I’ll never forget seeing him on a 60 Minutes piece, driving his RV, and while he tried to project relaxation, he looked like he was ready to explode from internal tension.

    Made it all the way to the top, must be well off considering how much his wife rakes from from the WIngnut circuit, hobnobbing with the Elites.

    And yet, I just googled his name for images, and he’s not smiling in most of them. Probably means nothing… but I just think he’s not all that happy.

  28. 28
    Roger Moore says:

    @the Conster:

    I was going to say that it’s not even resting.

    Nope. It’s nuzzled up to those bars, bent ’em apart with its beak, and voom!

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    noabsolutes says:

    Wait, criticism of someone based on the validity of their IDEAS is racist? I’m pretty sure you are doing racism wrong, you idea-racists.
    Also I love that this guy didn’t experience racism while attending Tea Party rallies. That would mean he was the only black person not experiencing racism while in Washington, DC, the only black person who has never experienced racism on a bus, and the only black person never to have encountered racism while producing content in the media. I would like to use whatever racism repellant amulet he has so that I can be in any place at any time and not experience racism.

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    noabsolutes says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.): I don’t like the Uncle part of the Uncle Tom thing, myself. But you can just call him a Republican. They hate that.

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    kc says:

    @noabsolutes:

    Wait, criticism of someone based on the validity of their IDEAS is racist?

    No, he’s saying that he got a lot of emails with racist epithets. Which IS racist.

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    kc says:

    @Sad_Dem:

    Racism isn’t dead, and all I have to do to know it is visit my local Craigslist’s Rants and Raves and my local newspaper’s online comments.

    Local newspapers here switched to Facebook commenting a while back, on the theory that people would be less likely to post nasty, hateful comments using their real names.

    Well, guess what. There’s a shitload of people who aren’t afraid to post nasty, hateful comments using their real names. But I was a bit surprised at the number of people who are willing to post nasty, hateful, blatantly racist comments using their real names.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    @WereBear: He did a talk at UF Levin College of Law last year and “bitter” is how I would typify his remarks.

    He’s angry America doesn’t recognize his true genius. Maybe when they recover from the last bout of police brutality he enabled they’ll be able to see it, I guess.

    Nobody cares how smart you are when you’re an asshole, Clarence. Oh, and that pubic hair on the coke? I’m still holding that against you too. Fuck you.

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