Calling Out the Left for Selective Racial Outrage

While no one was there to defend what Roseanne Barr tweeted out the day before that got her television show cancelled, there certainly were differences about what role President Donald Trump played in it.

Two of Project 21’s finest were part of the discussion, calling out those who were landing low blows in the debate.

On the May 30 edition of the Fox News Channel program “The Ingraham Angle,” host Laura Ingraham began with a monologue about how the left pounced on Barr’s possibly drug-addled tweeting in which she insulted Obama Administration senior staffer Valerie Jarrett. Barr rightly took her share of lumps and lost her show, but there were many spurious allegations against the President by those who claim his mere presence fuels Barr and other hateful individuals.

Hence the name of the segment: “Blaming Trump for Roseanne.”

Ingraham noted that those who now claim Trump’s merely complementing Barr’s ratings earlier this year and the show’s pro-Trump message is toxic were among the same group that downplayed President Barack Obama’s known ties to the hateful Reverend Jeremiah Wright and were not appalled by the cover-up of Obama’s meeting with the equally hateful Louis Farrakhan while he was a senator.

In a discussion that included Ingraham and liberal commentator Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper and member Niger Innis pointed out the hyperbole and disconnect used by Cook and other members of the liberal cadre who seem obsessed with the notion that President Trump and his supporters are racist.

Horace pointed out that outrage over hateful speech and actions appear to be a one-way street, because things deserving condemnation comes from both the right and the left. He said:

Why don’t we see, when Alec Baldwin says to a black man – uses the n-word in a reference to him – why doesn’t he get to have his show taken from him? Why does Joy Behar get to say and post some of the most obnoxious things and all we see are great accolades?

What I’m saying is – I’m not asking for anyone’s show to be taken away from them. What I’m asking about is why is it the condemnation seems to only go one way?

Later in the discussion, he added:

When Condoleezza Rice was characterized as a “mammy” in a cartoon strip… where was the outrage? Where was the condemnation?

An assertion was made by former Obama Administration official and current CNN host Van Jones that America entered a cultural free-fall around the time Trump began his presidential campaign. Of course, the left says this free-fall is steeped in racism that emanates from the actions and statements of the President.

Ingraham, who agreed with the notion that American culture is broken, but considered it the fault of liberals over 50 years ago, flat-out asked Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook: “Do you think Donald Trump is a racist?” Cook quickly replied, “yes, I do.” But she refused Ingraham’s request to name three instances where she could prove a Trump statement to actually be racist.

Niger said he was “very disappointed” by Cook’s assertion.  He added:

Racism is one of the most powerful words and weapons that is used in our culture today.

It is not 1955. It is not 1965. It is not 1980. Today, racism is a charge that is incredibly powerful. And for you to say automatically and somewhat – I believe – flippantly that Donald Trump is a racist? Was he a racist when he was having events with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton on Wall Street?

Later, it was noted that MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted that he thought a “significant chunk of the Trump base” is racist. Asked her opinion on that assertion, Cook said, “I’m in circles that totally agree with that.”

Horace asked:

So when surveys also show how many people said “I voted for Obama twice and then I voted for Trump,” when did they become a racist?

These are white Americans that changed their votes. In fact, these are black Americans that changed their votes… So I’m willing to vote for Barack Obama, and I’m willing to vote for Trump – because I’m a racist… This is religion [to Trump critics].



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