Chris Matthews: Only Whites Can Be Racists

Posted: Apr 02, 2013 4:23 PM

The latest pearl of shouted "wisdom" from the most loathsome member of MSNBC's news-challenged lineup:


"Actually, Rushbo, racism is the belief that one race -- whites -- should rule all others.  Get your definitions straight!"

Over to you, Merriam-Webster:  Racism - noun - 1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. 2 : racial prejudice or discrimination.  The best part of the clip is the confident, smirking nature of Matthew's little lecture.  Get your definitions straight, Rushbo!  Racism is the exclusive province of whites.  Isn't it fun to be so much smarter and more sophisticated than those igorant knuckle-draggers on the Right, audience?  What an ass.  And I bet most of his viewers nodded right along. Question: How might Spittle McTingles describe these remarks?

Mr. Barry used the occasion of a victory party Tuesday to make this ignorant observation: “We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses, those dirty shops. They ought to go, I’ll just say that right now, you know.”  

That would be a bigoted statement from an African-American politician (D) about getting rid of the "dirty" Asian shops that apparently bother him.  No white people, so no racism -- right Chris?  Incidentally, Matthews wins the insufferability crown at MSNBC for several reasons, at least in my book.  First, his show airs twice in a three-hour span.  The same show.  Second, for years, Matthews masqueraded as a centrist newsman.  He occasionally still claims to be one.  So he was either subduing his bias that whole time, or he's gotten in touch with his inner hack to conform to the network's editorial bent.  Neither explanation reflects particularly well on him.  (I guarantee you his defense would be, "these Republicans have just gotten so radical," or whatever.  Yes, I'm sure the party abandoned you, Chris).  At the end of the day, viewers know what they're getting with a Bashir or an O'Donnell or a Schultz.  But Matthews' show is unique in that it's degenerated from a tough, interesting news and analysis program to a sneering, predictable echo chamber.  And finally, perhaps more than anyone else on the network, Matthews plays the race card to bully people he doesn't like.  How ironic that he doesn't even know the dictionary definition of racism.

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