Monday, August 30, 2010

"Overwhelmingly white," yes! "Overwhelmingly black," no!

By Donald Sensing

If the words, "overwhelmingly" and "white" did not already exist, the lamestream media would have to invent them to write about the Glenn Beck rally held in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28. The Daily Caller's Jim Treacher presents, "What they’re saying about the 8/28 rally," and "overwhelmingly white" rolls unimpeded off the keyboards of desperately-looking-for-racists reporters. Three examples:

“Beck says he and his overwhelmingly white followers ‘are the inheritors and protectors of the civil- rights movement.’” — Ben Adler, Newsweek

“A relatively dense and overwhelmingly white crowd stretched from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial out past the Washington Monument.” — Mark Benjamin, Salon.com

“Out in the overwhelmingly white audience ... .Mitch Potter, Toronto Star
Jim ends with one of the most famous quotes from Martin Luther King: "“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

But that's so last century, don't you know?

Anyway, while Beck and other speakers were holding for at least 250,000 people on the national mall, the rev. Al Sharpton held a counter-rally of "thousands to honor MLK."

Funny, though, that not one single news report has characterized Sharpton's crowd as "overwhelmingly black."

This is not to defend Glenn Beck or co-speaker Sarah Palin (who certainly don't need my defense anyway), As I explained last April, "I don't listen to Beck (tried twice, couldn't handle it), occasionally listen to Rush and I've already posted my opinion of Palin."

It is to observe that the media are guilty of racial profiling. As Donald Douglas puts it, "Leftists Search Desperately for 'Racists' at Restoring Honor Rally." They shouldn't have to look far - try a mirror. As Glenn Reynolds says: "... in my experience, the people who yammer about racism the most tend to be closet racists themselves." As for the participants of the Beck event, well, they are guilty of RWW - "Rallying While White."

But there's always someone who doesn't get the memo.