Whereas the Rev. Al Sharpton has for so many years selflessly and tirelessly devoted his immense talents to exacerbating racial tensions (when there is a good press conference to be had) and promoting the noble ideal that a man should never be judged by the content of his character but rather by the color of his skin, and
Whereas many in this great republic have been inspired by his exemplary behavior and have taken upon themselves to proudly obsess about race and engage in shameless race-baiting when the opportunity presents itself, and
Whereas an old year is ending and a new year is beginning,
We therefore resolve to confer upon the following organizations and individuals our highest honor: The Al Sharpton Master-Baiter Award for the year 2012:
- ABC and CBS News for completely ignoring the appointment of Tim Scott, a black man, to the U.S. Senate by South Carolina governor Nikki Hailey (herself a daughter of Sikh immigrants.) This appointment was ignored despite the fact that Tim Scott is now the only black man in the Senate and the first from a southern state since 1881. NBC was denied the award because they devoted a 24-second segment to the story. (Could it be perhaps that the only “historic” political achievements of black people are if they have a white mother, were raised by upper middle-class white grandparents, got sweetheart deals on land in Chicago’s upscale Hyde Park neighborhood from white felons like Tony Rezko, were friends with white left-wing radical murderers like Bill Ayers, were heavily influenced by racist demagogues like Jeremiah Wright (I admit it, he’s black), and areDemocrats?)
- MSNBC contributor Karen Finney, who said about Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain : “I think he makes that white Republican base of the party feel OK, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he is giving that base a free pass, and I think they like him because they think he is a black man who knows his place. I know that’s harsh, but that’s how it sure seems to me.” She shares this award with MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir who so eloquently added “Wow, thank you for spelling that out.” (Definition of a black man who “knows his place”: A wealthy, successful, and accomplished businessman who makes a serious run for President of the United States.)
- Representative Sheila Jackson Lee for accusing Newt Gingrich of using “coded racial language” when he called Obama the “food stamp president.” She stated that, “these are code words…that generate and signify race.” (The fact that in 3 ½ years under President Obama food stamp users increased more than during the entire 8 years under George W. Bush and that as of 11/2/12, “For Every Person Added to Jobs Rolls Since January 2009, 75 People Added To Food Stamp Rolls,” had absolutely nothing to do with what Gingrich was saying.)
- ESPN commentator Rob Parker, who has black skin, for calling Washington Red Skin’s rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III a “cornball brother…he’s like kind of black, but not really (is that like being “kind of pregnant, but not really?”)…he’s not one of us…we all know he has a white fiancée. Then there was all this talk about him being a Republican.” White fiancée?! I can just see Barack Obama slipping into his phony black urban accent saying, “Don’t you be talkin’ bout my Daddy!” (According to Parker, a black man who is a Republican with a white fiancée is not quite as bad as a “Nazi” but still worse than a “Klu-Klux-Klansman.”)
- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for not allowing the Lassiter and Walton high school choruses to perform with them because the choirs were deemed as being not “racially diverse enough.” Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President Stanley Romanstein (presumably he’s male, white, and Jewish), said that one of the goals of the Symphony is to “reflect the diversity of Atlanta.” (The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, of course is very “racially diverse.” They have exactly one black musician out of a total of 95. That is to say, blacks make up .0105% of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Atlanta is 54% black.)
- Congressman John Lewis, for his speech at the 2012 Democratic Convention where he compared Republican proponents of Voter ID Laws to the white southerners who viciously beat him and his fellow “Freedom Riders” in a bus station and to those who supported “Jim Crow” laws that discriminated against blacks and prevented them from exercising their right to vote. Lewis also receives a special “For Gosh Sakes Grandpa, Quit Living in the Past!” award inasmuch as these events took place over 50 years ago in 1961. Heck, 1961 is so long ago that the Beatles and Rolling Stones were not even around! I haven’t been able to decide if Lewis’ speech was demagoguery or if he actually believed what he was saying, which would mean he’s either delusional or suffering from dementia.
(It’s also strange that Lewis did not accuse the following institutions or services of being racist, all of which require photo ID: Banks, Airlines, check cashing services, Departments of Motor Vehicles, liquor stores, cigarette purchases, car-rental agencies, hunting licenses, building permits, jury duty, etc.)
- CBS’s Nancy Giles (who is black) for her comments on a story about the declining number of white Americans: “You know when you just showed that graph of the decline of the numbers, I thought — maybe that’s why they’re trying to eliminate all these abortions and stuff. They’re trying to build up the race.“ Makes perfect sense in light of the fact that 36% of all abortions are performed on black women. That’s a lot of dead black babies missing from the population. If anything, it is more likely that pro-abortion activists are intent on preventing black babies from being born. Not to worry though, Giles later tweeted: “It was a weird joke and I’m sorry if I offended you.” (Maybe the reason so many black men are impregnating as many different black women as possible with no intention of assuming the responsibilities of a father – 70% of black children are born out of wedlock – is because “they are trying to build up the race.” TWEET from Moshe Averick: Just joking, I hope no one was offended!)
- Chris Mathews of MSNBC certainly should have won a Master-Baiter award for his rants and tantrums about Republican “dog whistles” and “coded” racist language during the 2012 election campaign. A stellar example of racial paranoia was his reaction to a Facebook posting by Governor Sarah Palin that read “Obama’s shuck and jive ends with Benghazi lies.” Mathews explained that “shuck and jive” had an “ethnic connection.” He claimed that it was not a “dog whistle” but rather a “trumpet call.” Sadly though, Mr. Mathews was disqualified by our distinguished panel of judges because they found good reasons to: a. doubt his sanity and b. even better reasons to suspect that he “drinks a bit” before going on air. (“Drinks a bit” is another dog whistle with an ethnic connection. It is a statement attributed to a down and out black tap-dancer in the 1971 hit song by Jerry Jeff Walker entitled, “Mr. Bojangles.”)
- All the leftist/liberal/progressives who accused Tea-Party supporters of being racist. The same Tea-Party enthusiasts who vehemently opposed President Obama would have been deliriously happy if Colonel Allen West had been elected President (let’s be honest, West looks and sounds much more “negro” than Obama, was born in the Deep South, and has two – count’em two! – black parents). These same Tea-Party’ers also admire and venerate Thomas Sowell, Condoleeza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Star Parker, Walter Williams, Larry Elder, Mia Love, Tim Scott, Herman Cain, Michael Steele, et al. (The response? “Those aren’t real black people.”)
- The NBA, for being the most racist industry in the United States. Hey NBA, how about a little affirmative action for us white people? We can’t all play hockey. (Just joking of course. Everyone knows the NBA is not racist. The most talented players are the ones who get to play on the court and get paid the highest salaries. It has nothing to do with race. It is based solely on merit and performance….Holy Cow, are we onto something here?!)
Enjoy the new year.
Rabbi Moshe Averick is an orthodox rabbi, a regular columnist for the Algemeiner Journal, and author of Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused and Illusory World of the Atheist. It is available on Amazon.com and Kindle. Rabbi Averick can be reached via his website. If you wish to be informed when new articles appear, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the email address and the word “Subscribe” in the subject line.