Fox & Friends isnt exactly known for their ability to comprehend reality, and the more complex the reality, the less theyre able to understand it.
President Obama recently gave an interview where he said that unique circumstances surrounded his presidency, because hes the first black president. Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy, of course, believes that Obama pulled out the race card, something to which Doocy and his guest believe he shouldnt stoop.
The conversation on Fox & Friends was about Islamic terrorism, and played a clip from Obamas NPR interview. Then Doocy claimed Obama was saying people dont like him because theyre racist, which is playing the race card, according to conservatives. In truth, Obama said no such thing, but the conservatives at Fox News will think what they want.
His guest, legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr., said:
Well that appears what hes saying. And we understand that racism is a strain in American politics and, unfortunately, has been a long time. I saw it with David Dinkins, as the first African-American mayor here in New York City. But its not an explanation. Its not an excuse. He shouldnt resort to that. It divides America, on top of that I believe hes totally, totally wrong. He needs to understand what Americans are thinking and thats the wrong way to do it.
Watch the video below:
Conservatives have long believed that if we dont talk about something, it magically goes away. They dont want us to talk about racism because its too divisive it pits white people against black people (and Muslims, Latinos, etc.). They dont want us talking about sex in schools because it will just encourage kids to go out and have sex. The reality is that they dont want to talk about things that are uncomfortable, and if we dont talk about them, they can pretend these problems dont exist and remain in their comfort zones.
It doesnt work that way. Its never worked that way, but theyll continue to push it because it allows them to stay in their bubble, and continue to be as racist as they want.
Image of President Obama by Maryland GovPics. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr. Image of Peter Johnson Jr. via screen capture from embedded video. Images merged by Rika Christensen