Over at NewsBusters, Rusty Weiss has a report on a new claim by Chris Matthews and MSNBC: use of the word “Chicago,” at least by Republicans, is racist.
[Matthews] added, “They keep saying Chicago by the way, have you noticed? They keep saying Chicago. That’s another thing that sends that message – this guy’s helping the poor people in the bad neighborhoods, screwing us in the ‘burbs.” [...]
[...] “There’s a lot of black people in Chicago.”
This is just the latest in a trend that is beginning to look like an unhealthy and irrational obsession with painting all Republicans as racist. That’s hatred.
Newt Gingrich tried to make an important point with Matthews the other day when Matthews claimed that use of the term “food stamps” by Republicans is racist.
MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews — not Mitt Romney — is the one playing the race card, according to Newt Gingrich.
Hours after Matthews scrapped with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus over whether Romney had played the race card with a birth certificate joke, the former GOP presidential candidate defended his attacks against “food stamp president” Barack Obama by accusing Matthews of “being a racist.”
“Why do you assume food stamp refers to black? What kind of racist thinking do you have?” Gingrich said as Matthews tried unsuccessfully to interrupt him. “Wait a second, you’re being a racist because you assume it refers to black.”
It is racist to think “black” when you think “food stamps,” particularly given that the vast majority of people on food stamps are white. So, if a Republican says “food stamps” and Matthews thinks “black” then it is Matthews who has the racist thinking, not the Republican who used the term “food stamps.”
It’s no secret that Republicans want to reduce spending and put people back to work because they want to increase revenue through the taxes that those workers would pay, and this would help pay down the debt. Assuming that all black people have the same opinion about that is racist thinking. All people, black or white, can use their brains to decide whether there should be more people dependent on government or fewer people dependent on government. That is not a racial issue. It’s an economic issue.
Matthews injects race into virtually every issue these days. How about instead of thinking all black people think the same way about things, which itself is racist, we recognize that every human being is an individual with his own brain and conscience and that our beliefs about economics have absolutely nothing to do with the color of our skin? That latter thinking is Republican thinking, and I’m pretty sure it’s one reason that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a Republican.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. — I Have a Dream speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.