Laura Bassett has a brief piece over at Huffington Post on Limbaugh’s latest racist rant accusing Obama of destroying the U.S. polity and economy (wasn’t Bush in charge when the economy tanked?). She has quotes from Limbaugh:
Who is Obama? Why is he doing this? … I think we face something we’ve never faced before in the country — and that is, we’re now governed by people who do not like the country, who do not have the same reverence for it that we do. . . . So in this interview with J. Christian Adams yesterday talking about [how] he and his line attorneys were told to just drop the case against the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation in Philadelphia, he said that there were people in the office, DOJ, who said, “Well, you know, those people suffered the indignity of slavery, discrimination, segregation and so forth.” He said somebody else said, “This is payback,” meaning, “All right, look. We don’t care if it’s the New Black Panthers or whoever it is. Black people in this country have never, ever had a fair shake…. it is exactly how I think Obama looks at the country: It’s payback time… There’s no question that payback is what this administration is all about, presiding over the decline of the United States of America, and doing so happily.”
So, Limbaugh has lost touch with reality, once again. Obama is said to be getting even for centuries of racial oppression. That is how the extreme version of white-racist framing works today. And this particular case of the New Black Panthers has been investigated at Media Matters, which has knocked down the Adams accusations. It was the Bush administration that first dropped the Panthers’ case.
One commentator at DailyKos argues that this is the
the death rattle of racism. The racists feel it. Their way of life is ending. White privilege is going away. It may take time and there still are many examples of institutionalized racism … but the direction is clear.
While I agree that there does seem to be a trend right now against some of the goals of the Republican Right, which is mostly white, such “death rattle of racism” views are rather premature at best, as the data-based accounts of racial oppression and inequality on this site regularly show.