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Racism, Ignorance Or Both?
Does He Still Have A Job?
The first thing I thought when I saw the guy's picture is that he needs to do some push-aways from the dinner table and some how he has gained a foothold onto a bully pulpit. Kind of like the fat kid that was always picked on in school who suddenly finds himself in a position to bully the other kids. Who is he? His name is Thaddeus Matthews and he's a disc jockey at WPLX-AM in Memphis, Tennessee. By his words and actions in this video I would also say that he is a racist. Yes, there are black racists among us. I also think, after watching this then listening to his defense he should be an unemployed racist.
He was interviewing a Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional District in Memphis who happens to also be a conservative, black woman by the name of Charlotte Bergmann. To say he got a little rough with the lady is a mild understatement. He seems to like to also call people names on, and probably off, the air which makes me wonder about the quality of the management at the radio station. While I'm not a fan of political correctness, I don't especially admire crudeness in anyone and this guy is as crude as they get.
So lets take a look at the video and some of it is a bit painful to watch.
This Is The Shorter Version
So why should a racist like Thaddeus Matthews lose his job? Lets see here. She called the woman stupid. Is the reference to her as "a token negro doing the bidding of the white folk" offensive to a black person and uncalled for? He refers to her as a "curly-haired nigga" (his words, not mine). Should that be justification enough to kick his can to the curb? I remember how Don Imus was treated when he did less. Finally he threw her out of the studio with the parting shot he didn't want to get her "whiteness" on him when she attempted to shake his hand. There are three words to describe this type of man - a crude racist. This is the type of class warfare that we will see more of as the reelection bid of the Great Uniter continues to divide this nation unfortunately. It should also not be tolerated.
One thing that Thaddeus found especially offensive was Charlotte using a picture of Martin Luther King along with her image on a campaign billboard. As I listened to the video I was curious why Thaddeus would be so outraged so I searched a bit and found what he was talking about. What I found shouldn't offend anyone since two things are obvious - both the people there are black and both are Republicans. Have you ever noticed how many people seem to overlook the fact that Dr. King was a Republican and proud of it? Thaddeus obviously has.
The Offensive Billboard In Question
Well, I reckon another thing that maybe rankled Thaddeus and got his shorts straight up his crack is the fact that Charlotte happens to identify herself with the Tea Party Movement. Wait a minute here. Isn't that the movement that is so racist? Why would the members of that movement embrace the presence of a black woman? Could it be that she supports the enforcement of the US Constitution and is a fiscal conservative who believes the size of the federal government needs to be axed and the role of the federal government be "limited" in the citizen's lives as that document specifically spells out? Here she is rubbing elbows with all those white racist types? How dare she according to Thaddeus Matthews. She's black so she should never, ever do something like that.
Here's a link to the source article for this Hub which goes further into management's reaction and inaction into this whole episode.
I believe I've made my point...
The Nitty Gritty Link
- Outrage Subdued After DJ Goes On Racially Charged Rant On GOP Congressional Candidate | Fox News
In a profanity-laced tirade, a Memphis DJ last week used an on-air interview to berate a local Republican congressional candidate -- calling her a token negro who is doing the bidding of white folk. The outrage? The fury? In Memphis, it's crickets.
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