Why I Watch Fox News: Insightful Race Talk
Last night, Sean Hannity was particularly incensed by comments made by Obama campaign surrogate Virginia state Sen. Louise Lucas, who remarked on a radio interview that,
Mitt Romney is speaking to a group of people out there who don’t like folks like President Barack Obama in any elected or leadership position … We know what’s going on here… Some people may be afraid to say it, but I’m not. He’s speaking to that fringe out there who do not want to see anybody other than a white person in a leadership position.
Lucas also stated she was finally able to convince her children that “racism is alive and well.”
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Mitt Romney supporter, found the comments “to be divisive and flat wrong.”
Hannity went further and accused Lucas of lacking civility, lambasted her comments for being racist and divisive and demanded that Obama speak out against her comments. Michael Meyers, African American executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition, and black Tea Party leader David Webb joined Hannity in accusing the president of “racial demagoguery.”
No one pointed out that of the two major political parties, only the GOP is able to afford to act on “racial demagoguery.” After all, the Republican Party is nearly 90 percent white, compared to the Democratic Party, which is much more racially diverse, and only 65 percent white.
Do we really need to deride Lucas for pointing out that, well, some members of the Republican Party harbor anti-black animus? And that the GOP has capitalized on its party’s general racial resentment? Fareed Zakaria has gone as far to say that the “angry, white, male vote” is a core vote to the Republican Party. A recent study concluded that Republicans and conservatives foster higher levels of racial resentment than independents, moderates, Democrats, and liberals, not to mention that there is a strong relationship between racial resentment and negative attitudes toward president Obama. Lucas’ comments aren’t divisive; America is already divided.
If anything, Lucas pointed out yet another reason America might be crazy: The belief that racism is dead.