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Watch News Show Host Challenge Tea Party Bigotry in This Epic Rant!

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.”

Watch the amazing video, courtesy of Crooks and Liars:

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  • Wayne

    Blah, blah, blah, blah. And nothing said of any value to the American public.

    • Bob Cull

      Even the tiniest effort to wipe the scourge that is the Tea Party from the face of the Earth is of value to the American public!

      • http://facebook IRMA SAUD

        iT IS ABOUT TIME AMERICA FACE THIS HUGE PROBLEM THAT IS DRAGGING US DOWN. BOB CULL IS CORRECT.

  • Velska

    Right ON!

    In the US, as in any white-European majority country, the white majority has walked all over the rights of the minorities, just by virtue of having a way of having centuries of false doctrines preached to them, as well as the “others”. The assumptions are so strong.

    You have a judge, a jury, what have you, who are of the Establishment. They’re almost NEVER one of those “others”, unless it’s an uncle Tom that Fox “News” and other right-wing extremist propaganda outfits like to have around them to confirm to them, that they are right.

    Everyone who grows up among the “others”, knows the program. You don’t look the police in the eye, you don’t say anything, unless asked and answer with “sir” if asked. You don’t get to be a part of the school team, you don’t get to go to the prom, or else they hold you a separate prom. You have a hard time learning to communicate with the Establishment, because their language is based on their long history of privilege and discrimination and racism. Their language respects the conventions of their classics and so forth, that are not part of your heritage, your background where you come from. That’s why the Establishment thinks that the black kid doesn’t produce language well enough, although he’s very creative with it, but he doesn’t bow down to the right idols in writing.

    Let’s take the white girl in TX, who didn’t get to go to UT, because, well, we really don’t know why, but she claims it was “reverse racism”. Oh boohoo! A fucking privileged girl who still gets to go to University, has a degree, is pissed that she didn’t get picked, and there are even some blacks in there, so of course she’s more valuable than the blacks.

    So her daddy and some Heritage Foundation or Cock Brothers donates, too, get her a lawyer, and her case against affirmative action is accelerated to be heard in the Supremes (not affiliated with Diana Ross, the other Supremes), who say “fuck it, we don’t have racism any longer”. Well, guess what Sherlock? We’ve had plenty of proof since your decision that the blacks are still, and now even more, discriminated.

    The Supremes, by the way have chosen their list carefully. They’ve given two decisions for gay rights, which makes the progressive crowd happy, for a good reason, but then how about Affirmative Action and Voting Rights Act, which both received practically mortal blows. Their PR is working fantastically, and Scalia has shown how he is always willing to be the ideological purist, who cares bugger-all about the Constitution, as long as right-wingers are kept happy! And Thomas just hangs on in his coattails, like a good Tom should.

    So this is why the next president must be Democrat, too, or then someone has to croak (Kennedy, Scalia, please?) before Obama’s term is over, AND there has to be a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate to confirm a justice. I don’t think you can sneak a justice in the Supremes on a recess appointment. IANAL, and all that taken to account.

    So, all the backward-looking whiteys, you fear the time when you’re not a majority any more, and you can’t decide alone what happens. You fear that your more pigmented brothers are going to treat you as shitty as you’ve treated us. No, we are better humans, believe it or not, and despite your centuries of disinformation about the subject. So, you can still sleep easy. Going like this, you’re only bringing a war upon you again, like fifty years ago.

    It’s high time for a new Civil Rights Act, and Voting Rights Act is the most important. Because in the white racist areas people are still going to put their own in positions of power, and leave others out. And they’re going to gerrymander and tweak their election rules and stuff to make voting for anybody else a feat of heroic dimensions.

    Peace.

  • Paul Levinson

    People of good conscience Must speak out, and Speak candidly about this issue. The PC, subtle, indirect public discourse has not worked, and bigots don’t know from anything but “in your face” discussions. It’s what works, occasionally, with protesters of Westboro Baptist’s hatred-fueled agenda, and it might work with getting social leaders to change their tune as the narrow minds win, time after time in areas long known for not treating people equally.

  • Ken

    Zimmerman was asked by a detective: “What made you suspicious of Martin? ” He replied: “He was walking in the rain.” Told not to follow and stay in your truck, Zimmerman refused to comply. Lost – “I’m in front of the Club House” – he shot after Martin under the pretext of “looking for a street sign” to establish his location – “in front of the Club House.” Almost rendered unconscious by ” repeated head pounding on concrete” and suffering ” a broken nose,” he climbed unassisted from the police car, his face and head clear of any noticeable wounds. “Superficial” declared a Medical Examiner, after examination. It was all there – for anyone wishing to evaluate the facts. They just didn’t want to.

  • http://gravatar.com/kef1950 kef1950

    I love Thomas Roberts and not just because he is good looking…lol!

  • Daniel Stone

    I was raised in the last age of Aquarius, when we were for peace, love and lived by the code…To each his own…WTF happened to are society? We’ve allowed the powers that be to control our children and grandchildren to fear all those things through heightened media coverage and propaganda…we’re entering the new age of Aquarius. Hopefully our society as a whole will accept all people in aspiring to get a little of the American dream without such scrutiny and unfair judgment by others. We need go back to fighting for the rights of the people not just the rights of the profiteers.

  • Bob Cull

    I can only find one thing that he said that is wrong. He says that if you are LGBT you are immediately suspected of being a pedophile and/or diseased. That is not so, if you are LGBT the nutso right “KNOWS” you are a pedophile and diseased! After all their preacher told them so and he has a direct line to God and is infallible.

    • http://gravatar.com/latenightlarry latenightlarry

      Wonder what they’ll think when they preacher is caught “with his pants down” in an LGBT bathhouse or bar? Or “tapping” in the men’s room at the airport?

      He’ll probably be like all the other RepubliCLOWNS politicians and mega-church preachers who have been caught in a compromising situation and beg for foregiveness and promise to do better…

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