The Casual Bigotry of Mike Huckabee? | Street Jazz

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Casual Bigotry of Mike Huckabee?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM

From Mike Huckabee’s monologue last night on his program on Fox:

“ . . . Zimmerman is not a hero. He was a young Hispanic man who believed he was in danger and used a gun to end what he felt was a threat to his own life. He will spend the rest of his life second guessing his decision to get out of his car to follow a young man he thought might be part of a crime wave in his neighborhood. And Trayvon Martin is not a hero. He was a young man whose life ended way too soon maybe because he decided to confront a man he believed was showing him disrespect . . .”

http://www.mikehuckabee.com/mike-huckabee-news?ContentRecord_id=a20d309e-0a64-4c3b-9b14-9fc2802c0caf

Trayvon Martin may have attacked Zimmerman because he felt "disrespected?"

Zimmerman dissed Martin?

It is unthinking comments like this from white men a little past middle-age that are the proof that perhaps we do need more conversations about race in this country.

For Huckabee to reach into the bag of cliches and pull out the “ He might have dissed me . . .” argument is offensive beyond measure. And yet, for old men who fear - and preach fear - of anything outside their comfort zone, it probably made perfect sense to our former governor.

“Trayvon Martin is not a hero. He was a young man whose life ended way too soon maybe because he decided to confront a man he believed was showing him disrespect.”

There were no references to the supposed macho culture among Hispanics in the same monologue. At no point did Mike Huckabee wonder aloud if Zimmerman felt his manhood in question.

I bring up the Hispanic question because like so many in his audience in he seems to only watch Fox News; he actually believes the canard that no one reported that Zimmerman was Hispanic, or half-Hispanic.

No, because yesterday was National Beat Up On The Black Kid Day - as have so many other days during the trial have been, and so many other days following will be.

“Trayvon Martin is not a hero. He was a young man whose life ended way too soon maybe because he decided to confront a man he believed was showing him disrespect.”

Because people like Mike Huckabee are incapable of understanding how offensive his comments were. He picked up the scariest image he could find, and threw it at his audience.


And because many folks in his audience use Fox as their primary news source, they, too, will be incapable of understanding.

Huckabee took great pains to explain to his audience just why no, Trayvon would not look like Barack Obama’s son, should he ever have one. And also, as if this had anything at all to do with the Florida case, that most black victims of murder are killed by someone who is black.

And yes, he mentioned Chicago.

But he didn’t mention any other crimes, such as Newtown; Mike isn’t going to piss off the pro-gun lobby.

About the only thing left out of his monologue was talk of “outside agitators” - but there is always next week. Maybe Ted Nugent can come on Mike’s show

Okay, he did mention Al Sharpton. That name probably sent shivers down the spines of his audience.

“Trayvon Martin is not a hero. He was a young man whose life ended way too soon maybe because he decided to confront a man he believed was showing him disrespect.”

The scary young black men. Who knows what will set them off? And they are all around us!

Well, I’m sure that Mike will let us know.

******

Quote of the Day

In our entrancement with the motorcar, we have forgotten how much more efficient and how much more flexible the footwalker is. . - Lewis Mumford

rsdrake@cox.net

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Richard Drake

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation