Joan Walsh made a name for herself by asking “What’s the Matter with White People,” but it’s long past time she sat down and figured out what’s wrong with her. Salon.com’s editor-at-large penned a column this morning to call attention to the “conservative entertainment complex,” consisting of men like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity, whose mission is to gin up outrage against black America on behalf of white people.
Do the race hustle!
An unusually crazed, agitated O’Reilly declared that the plight of black America “has nothing to do with slavery. It has everything to do with you Hollywood people and you derelict parents…Race hustlers and the grievance industry,” he went on, “have intimidated the so-called ‘conversation,’ turning any valid criticism of African-American culture into charges of racial bias,” leaving African-Americans to “fend for themselves in violent neighborhoods.” I can’t wait to hear the ignorant O’Reilly generalize more about “African American culture.”
Walsh also flipped her lid when Limbaugh had the nerve to suggest that President Obama, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Rev. Al Sharpton prefer to govern through “grievance politics.” How dare Limbaugh call out non-white race baiters?! As we all know, race baiting is conservatives’ forté. At least according to Walsh:
This is the new right wing racket. Well, it’s not entirely new – race baiting is an old racket on the right – but the extent to which conservatives are now comfortable telling white people they’re the new victims, in danger of being unfairly prosecuted like George Zimmerman when they should actually be thanked for ending slavery, is unique and brazen and dangerous. We need more Republicans, as well as more media figures, to call it what it is: a race hustle.
Please. Race is only at the forefront of so many people’s minds because professional lefty grievance mongers like Jackson and Sharpton — and Walsh — insist on keeping it there.
No kidding. Enough already.