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Racism, Ignorance Or Both?

Updated on April 29, 2012

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...

As Always,

The Frog Prince


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    • Billie Pagliolo profile image

      Billie Pagliolo 

      6 years ago from Laguna Hills, California

      Political Parties change their belief system, just as language changes and evolves. A Republican in Lincoln's time would be a modern-day Democrat.

      But I am glad the Republican Party is embracing Martin Luther King, jr. and claiming him as their own, for in that embrace is implied the belief in:

      (1) his antiwar principals:

      "True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, 'This way of settling differences is not just.' This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love."

      (2) Social Programs:

      "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

      (3) his religious tolerance:

      "Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Muslim-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John: "Let us love one another, for love is God."

      (4) the policies and principals of those who were with him on the day he died - Rev. Jesse Jackson (d) Andrew Young (d) , in addition to Civil Rights leaders with whom he marched and who are active today - such as US House Representative John Lewis (d) and so on.

      So, Rev. Martin Luther King, jr., I think, would be pleased that his anti-war and social justice views are being embraced today by ANY party, but saddened they had gone so far afield from the 60's.

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      His behavior was inexcusable (he wouldn't have said all that crap if a big strong man had been sitting there); his logic and reasoning was flawed, his agenda and bias was obvious from the moment he opened his mouth. What a crass jerk...and even more inexcusable is that his station permits such behavior. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. SHARING,

    • anjegirl profile image


      6 years ago from Myrtle Beach,SC

      I have always wondered why most blacks,most hispanics and most Catholics are Democrats----I have learned when I have asked them this question that they do not know the difference between the two parties and have never ever exposed themselves to anything brought on by the other side,like Fox news or conservative radio---there is a real "sheep" mentality in their thinking it seems.

      I have worked nationwide with black gangbangers and the past two generations of them have been raised to hate white people in America and they have been taught by parents, teachers, pastors, their two political leaders, Oprah Winfrey and their gang leaders that black minorities should procreate so as to become the dominate race in America and they are definately doing a good job on that front(white people are a minority in many states to include Texas)and they have been taught to "cut for" only the people who are black and they have been taught that all of us who are not black owe them welfare,

      reparations and a million other things. We have all looked the other way as Chris Rock and Dave Chappell and many others like them have "slammed" white people and Republicans in the name of funny----the Clinton's amped up the racism in America when Hillary started the

      "African American" thing---I actually heard this term for the first time ever when she said it on live TV---and I knew it would cause the kind of hatred that it has and as we can see in Agenda 21 that was the plan and in all these years of being around loads of black ppl. I have NEVER heard one of them say African American in the hood----they say "nigga" in the hood---and when Bill Cosby asked them not to use that word they called him


      Our nation is more racist than ever before because

      "black people" hate us---on reality shows of mostly all black ppl. you hear lots of racist comments like on

      "Basketball Wives" and "Housewives of Atlanta" and well all of them.

      But this is the most disgusting display of stupid I have ever seen in 40 years of political involvement and all I could think of was that this guy is on public radio as a DJ speaking 1980's hood rat (Ax me?) and I also thought that I would never ever vote for anyone, male or female who would allow anyone to speak to them in this manner. I would have said bye to this thug in the first three seconds----that was soooooooooo disgusting----a real stomach turner---ewww

      I found three phone numbers for this radio station and called them all to voice my opinion and call for his firing---in this economy this pig does not deserve a job--he has a facebook page where ppl are commenting also

      Rickgyver, glad to see you are up on Agenda 21---I have studied this for four decades and if most of America weren't of the opinion that this stuff is not happening we could really do something to change it---

      We are Ostriches on this front because we don't want to believe that our worldwide elites could be this evil--but this stuff started with Hitler and has been adopted into government worldwide and this is what I teach the kids in the hood--we cannot bicker over black and white and over Dems vs. Repubs or Fox news over MSNBC---it is the Aristocrats against all of us worldwide and that should be the thing all of us join together to stop,

      because,as you know they are moving like a freight train to kill us all off to fill those black coffins they have been stockpiling from coast-to-coast for the past two hundred years and their so close to doing us all in and not fixing the economy is a huge part of the plan and the Aristocracy are made up of Dems and Repubs as you well know---if we don't stop labeling these horrific plans for our future as "conspiracy theories" and wake up to the fact that these theories are real life dangers to all of us,it will soon be too late to make a difference---acknowledging their is a problem is the first step to our salvation as a nation and we are not there yet---

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      Laura Matkin 

      6 years ago from Laceys Spring, Alabama

      UGGGHH It makes me sick to hear people talk like that! Seems to be a trend now a days to be the crudest, rudest and therefore the "COOLEST". According to the media if you are Sarcastic you must be some sort of Genius. Somehow in peoples minds Sarcasm has been linked to smart. I can't stand it and you are totally right about some black people being racist. Weird. Racist and complaining about racism. Voted up and Awesome Thank you for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      Frog: Sorry, Jim; you're a tougher man than I. All I could stomach was one minute, three seconds of this guy and off went the video.

      At least I can take comfort in the fact that had it been me in the interviewee's chair, I'd have been "thrown out" a whole lot sooner than this lady was. After, of course, informing the tubby gentleman of a few things he most certainly would find 100% offensive.

      Voted Up and Irritating...or buttons to that effect.

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      6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Oh my goodness, Sir Frog, didn't you know that racism can only be applied to white people and therefore she must be one of them at heart? Of course, I'm kidding to make a point. Bully was the right word for sure. I would hope his own audience would complain. I personally thought she handled him in too polite a manner.

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      6 years ago

      Froggy, from your description I couldn't bring myself to watch. I get so outraged by this cowardly behavior I barf. Lately I have been chasing rabbit trails concerning Agenda 21 and I'm just about on my last nerve. Watching and listening to this Obama-wannabe would put me over the top, but thanks so much for the exposure. I look forward to the day when public outcry kicks this jerk to the curb. Obviously this is one of those lunatic-left leaning stations with nothing but the same class of listeners…….if any.

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      6 years ago

      Being a minority in the TPM is hard. Everyone on the proggy side thinks you're a traitor. The hatred these lefties dish out is unbelievable. And if you are a minority TPM elected politician, it's even worse. The whole Democratic smear machine has you targeted. A great example is Col. West. There's almost nobody the libby's want to get rid of more than him, because he tells the truth, and the left can't use their usual "racist" complaint against him because he's a minority. Thankfully, the ranks of minorities in the TPM, both citizens and elected officials is growing. Over time, the loony lefties are not going to be able to use their ugly tactics, because they will be offending so many people, and they will suffer public backlash from it. But until that day comes, minorities in the TPM are going to have to be very tough. The other side won't cut them any slack at all, because they want to frighten minorities from being in the TPM; minorities being in the TPM proves that liberal Democrats don't speak for all minority persons, and they hate the TPM for it. They especially hate the minorities within the TPM. So much for that great liberal tolerance I keep hearing about, but never see.

    • The Frog Prince profile imageAUTHOR

      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Sis - A Worm? I was thinkin' a little bit worse than a hole digger. OH MY...


      The Frog

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Appears jerks come in all colors and of all persuasions. She should have walked out the first time he raised his voice to her -- no one has to put up with a rude, crude, unrefined and definitely racist nut. Seems this guy's been reading his own press and found himself just delightful. No matter his color he's obnoxious and has less manners than a worm. Best, Sis

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      6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Thus guy is so offensive and rude. But she shoild never have allowed herself to be treated like that.

    • The Frog Prince profile imageAUTHOR

      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      SD - Guys like this make my skin crawl and make me want to smack the living tar out of them. Of course he had his mind made up what he was going to do before she even got there.

      BPOP - See my reply to SD. If his ilk told me to shut up it would be on my friend.

      OP - Some of the most outright racist people I have seen have been blacks. It's okay when they do it?

      forlanda - Exactly. As the article said, "You can hear the crickets in Memphis" after this occurred.

      The Frog

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      Juancho Forlanda 

      6 years ago from US of A

      As usual, folks like this get a free pass from the mainstream media. That is why they are losing viewership or readers. People are turning to alternative sources on the Internet to get the facts. Again, well said Frog.

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      Old Poolman 

      6 years ago

      Too many believe racism is strictly a one way street. Most of us know it works both ways. Very enlightening hub my friend.

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      6 years ago

      I can't get by this pig telling this woman to shut up. Frankly, I will never understand why anyone except for Rev. Wright would go on this show. Without guests he can tear apart he has no show.

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Oh Frog this did make me cringe...How crude! First of all the lack of respect for a woman was very present. He had an agenda to tear her a part from the time she stepped foot in the studio. Nothing she could have said would have mattered. He had his mind made up before hand about her. She appears to be a strong, intelligent woman and I hope she will continue in her journey, shaking this bully from her mind,

    • The Frog Prince profile imageAUTHOR

      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Let it rip Hubbers!

      The Frog


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