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I received an extremely interesting email this morning pertaining to the train-wreck that is Rush Limbaugh:

Hi,

Rush Limbaugh’s radio show is a part of the Clear Channel lineup. Let’s send a message to them that no longer can they allow Rush Limbaugh the opportunity to spew hateful and sometimes derogatory comments. Sign the petition and help get this done.

That’s why I signed a petition to Communications / Media Relations: and Communications/Media Relations, which says:

“Sandra Fluke, a law student at Georgetown University who was advocating for health insurance plans to cover the cost of contraception, became the target of a series of attacks by Limbaugh. Besides calling her a “slut,” he also called her a “prostitute,” said that he wanted her to make sex tapes and post them online, and speculated that she only had a problem paying for contraception because she was having “so much sex.”

We who support Ms. Fluke, find that this is a serious offense enacted by Mr. Limbaugh and we ask that his radio show be terminated.”

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

Thanks!

Now, I wholeheartedly agree. Limbaugh is a waste of air space and an embodiment of the hateful rhetoric and dangerous unsubstantiated “facts” that divide the United States and vilify sub-sets of the population.

There is just one small problem here though:

Where is all of this outrage when Limbaugh relentlessly attacks Black America? Yes, Black America, as a monolith. When he throws out generic, racist stereotypes to define all Black people, who protested?  More importantly, how many advertisers jumped ship?

Not one.

Where was the outrage when he called first lady Michelle Obamauppity” and supported her being booed at a Nascar event? Where was the boycott when he suggested that she was overweight, unattractive and hypocritical for advocating for healthy living when “she obviously doesn’t follow her own dietary advice.”

Why weren’t sponsors and listeners and Republicans angry when he referred to the 44th President of the United States of America  as a “bi-racial oreo?” Where were the emails and petitions when he depicted him as a burglar breaking into the home of a wealthy white man?

Advertisers had no problem selling beds and flowers between monologues by recurring character, Bo Snerdley, who touts that he is certified to speak on Black issues because he has a “heavy dose of pure, unadulterated organic slave blood” before proceeding to speak with perfect diction then shifting to “ebonics” so the “hood” can understand him?

What about when Limbaugh told a Black woman caller to “take the bone out her nose and call him back?”

Or how about when he said that the NFL looked like a shoot-out between the Bloods and the Crips without guns?

Or when he said that Black people are only “12 percent of the population, [so] who the hell cares?”

The list goes on and on, but the recurring theme is that jokes and insults about Black Americans are perfectly acceptable, but when you start calling people “sluts” we have a problem.

Something is seriously wrong with that picture.

And no, it’s not the fact that a white savior more cliché than anything that could have been conceptualized in “Cadillac Records” or “The Help” didn’t swoop in and save Black America from big, bad Rush. The dual issues staring us in the face are immense and telling of the psychological damage we’ve experienced in this country:

1.)   We have allowed ourselves to become so apathetic and marginalized that no one takes us seriously in leading roles outside of villains, crackheads, gang-bangers and baby mamas. We’re always called in for the assist like the good ole’ Black supporting casts of yore.

2.)   We’re so used to being beaten and whipped from the plantation to the polls to the airwaves, that we just take the blows and keep going – because they bounce off the scars.

Statistics are thrown our way on affirmative action, on Black-on-Black crime, on Black children born out of wedlock, on incarceration, healthcare and education disparities, yet, when it gets down to the get down, there are no rallies planned on our behalf – unless it surrounds a government sanctioned murder (Troy Davis) in one the most backwards, racist states in the Union.

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  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    “We have to be careful. We have to be careful that we don’t keep bending our knees and using our strength to uplift others without expecting any reciprocity. We have to be careful that we don’t assimilate to the point where everyone else’s problems become our own, but when the issues are Black-specific, we find ourselves standing alone.”

    I think Black folks are just a tad bit late on this line of thinking…

    “We need to stop piggybacking on everyone else’s grievances as a way of getting restitution for our own, because it’s not coming.

    More importantly, we have to stop asking who’s going to fight for us, if we’re not willing to fight for ourselves.”

    …And this is precisely the reason why I take issue with certain people trying to compare their struggles to the Civil Rights Movement. They are all gung ho in making their voices be heard, but when it comes to supporting actual issues that Black people face, ironically those same characters are nowhere to be found!

  • jamesfrmphilly

    hurt rush by any means…….

  • Natalie

    White women tears man…. white women tears. We don’t matter because we’re still not seen as people.

    • kissa

      Cosign –
      Dogs have more rights than us..

  • Wemovetheworld

    I’ve seen petitions to pull Rush off the air before. One was on behalf of active military in Iraq that didn’t want him piped in on their local radio spewing slander about servicemen and women.

    It’s not a race issue. Rush finally stepped in it big time because he attacked a SPECIFIC person (and private citizen) with wild and completely false accusations and that person was already in the public eye. Because of this, it’s very easy to see in this case that its not just his prejudiced opinion, but complete fabrications and lies. So the public (and a lot of the 51% of women in this country and the world) took offense.

    He’s a disgrace. But instead of asking why people are finally pissed enough about him attacking a white, female private citizen to call for his removal from the public airwaves, perhaps you should have started a petition against all the horrible things he says about black people and put it in your article. Maybe people would have signed it. In fact, it’s not too late and now would be the perfect time.

    I hope between lack of sponsorship and public outcry, he’s actually removed from the airwaves soon.

  • http://www.artculturemusiclove.com Nicole Seck

    Agreed. Kirsten, you did it again! Overall, there seems to be an air of apathy as it relates to civic participation with respect to issues pertaining to racialized bodies.

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