On Monday, CBS This Morning lined up so-called “experts” on race relations to accuse “white Americans” of being “taught” to have “contempt for black life” and that racism was like “dust in the air,” something “ingrained in our society.” The nasty blanket statements were treated as objective fact rather than radical declarations.
“After the death of George Floyd, we’re taking a look at the history of the fear of black men in American society and how it often ends in violence against them,” co-host Gayle King announced as she introduced a segment in the 8:00 a.m. ET hour. The headline on-screen blared: “History of Fear; Experts Explain Why Some Conflate Blackness With Crime.”
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In the report that followed, correspondent Michelle Miller described reaction to Floyd’s death over the past week: “Protestors around the world have taken to the streets to call out police brutality and the systemic racism against black people.” That was followed by a clip of a white female protestor ranting: “My sign says ‘White Silence = White Violence.’ And I want everybody to recognize that, because white people are the people oppressing black people.” That set the tone for the rest of the story.
Moments later, Miller cited left-wing author Tim Wise arguing that “it’s not fear that drives people to conflate blackness with crime, but power and a disregard for some people of color.” In a soundbite, Wise railed:
American history is one in which white Americans, by and large, have been taught to have indifference or even contempt for black life. We have defined the country as a white nation where people of color are here on a guest pass. And it’s a guest pass that we think we can revoke.
The reporter then turned to leftist CBS News contributor Ibram X. Kendi warning that “since the Jim Crow era, white people have had the right of using the police to their advantage.” Kendi explained: “They recognize that they have the privilege to call a police officer with the belief that the police officer, even if they’re in the wrong, will be on their side.”
The final “expert” featured was teacher Jane Elliott, who lectured: “You need to educate yourself as to the truth of this situation instead of believing the lie that has been promulgated in this country for the last 400 years. The lie of several different races and the lie of the rightness of whiteness. It’s a lie.”
Miller remarked: “She does not mince words.”
Later in the 8:30 a.m. ET half hour, King interviewed former basketball star and left-wing activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who seized on the turmoil to defend former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, bash Republicans, and claim racism was “ingrained in our society.”
King marveled over a “very powerful op-ed” he wrote in the Los Angeles Times: “Let me just say, your op-ed brought tears to my eyes. The headline is ‘Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge.’” Abdul-Jabbar launched into a list of grievances while seeming to justify some of the violence seen at the protests:
Everybody, I think, remembers what Colin Kaepernick went through. And his protest was a peaceful protest about this very issue, and he was ostracized, he lost his job, and he was blackballed for it. That was peaceful protest. That’s what it got him. That’s the benefit that it got him. And nothing has changed since then….White cops still can act with impunity and kill people that they feel like they want to kill. It’s got to stop someplace, and powerless people have no voice. A lot of them are losing their opportunity to vote because the Republicans are working very hard to limit voter participation. So what tools do these people have to effect change?
King followed up: “‘Racism in America,’ you said, ‘is like dust in the air.’ Explain what you mean by that.” Abdul-Jabbar happily obliged:
Well, it’s just like if – have you ever been in a room and there’s something – you feel a little something itching in your nose? There’s a – something in the air, a dust or pollen that you can’t see….Racism is like that. It’s ingrained in our society and it’s taken for granted. And all of the things that are taken for granted can accumulate and be deadly on certain segments of the population. And it comes down on the heads of poor people and people of color.
Rather than have a thoughtful discussion about race relations and bring in a wide variety of perspectives on the incredibly complex topic, CBS instead decided to just automatically paint all white people as villains who don’t care if black people live or die. How does that kind of rhetoric bring people together to address such a serious issue?
LifeNews.com Note: Kyle Drennen is an MRC News Analyst and a graduate of Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. This was originally posted on the Media Research Center blog NewsBusters.