In an epic rant on Monday, MSNBC host Thomas Roberts thoroughly challenged a slew of insidious bigoted right-wing beliefs. Joining Roberts was a panel including Melissa Harris-Perry, and cultural critic, Touré Neblett.
The discussion began with Roberts, Melissa Harris-Perry and Touré talking about the racial aspects of the Zimmerman murder trial as it relates to the social contract between all Americans.
Roberts brought up the astounding claim from Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara that Zimmerman never would have been charged if he had been black.
“That is the most absurd assumption that we have heard throughout this,” Touré opined.
“Trayvon wouldn’t be dead if he were white,” agreed Roberts.
And then Roberts let loose one of the most spectacular indictments of the right-wing and media…ever:
“If George Zimmerman had been black, well, he would have been dealing with the mass incarceration of black people that we have in this country when we’re over arresting–we can talk about stop-and-frisk in New York, that policy goes out, throughout the nation, many other places–over arrested, over prosecuted, over convicted, over sentenced once convicted,” Touré observed. “I mean, this idea that if George Zimmerman were black then suddenly he would invoke, what, black privilege and not have to go through all this? That’s absurd.”
Roberts then used the Zimmerman verdict as a platform to launch a larger discussion about the way “others” are treated in the U.S., exclaiming,
“When we talk about these laws, don’t we need to do more about our social contract with each other in this country when it comes to being ‘others’? Because when we look at this we can use this as a great pivot point to talk about race relations in this country. But being an ‘other,’ whether it’s LGBT–because you’re then suspected of being a pedophile and a rabid disease carrier. And if you are a woman, well, you certainly don’t have a right to your own body and your own reproductive health. Because if you do then you’re just a slut who wants to sleep around and use abortion as birth control. And then if you’re Hispanic, you’re just a taker, you’re not a maker, and you want to come here and have anchor babies and you just want to lay off the land.”
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