The War On Whites: Why The Conservative Media Sells Excuses For Racism

fox-news-panelIn the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson or the suspicious death of Victor White III while in the back seat of a police car here in Acadiana, the typical response from the Fox News crowd is to deny and deflect the fact that racism is still alive and well in America.

Instead of acknowledging the fact that a disproportionate number of black men make up the prison population in the United States, they blame groups like the NAACP for stirring up racial tensions. Rather than accepting that “stop and frisk” police activity was heavily targeting minorities, they pretend it’s necessary to prevent crime – all while claiming that President Obama is trying to take away their freedoms.

Yes, grasp the utter hypocrisy for a moment; they’re complaining about violations (real or imagined) of their 2nd and 4th Amendment rights. At the same time, you have right-wing pundits and politicians advocating for unconstitutional violations of the 4th Amendment and heavy-handed police tactics, just so long as they’re aimed at minorities. Here’s what the 4th Amendment says:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. (Source)

Remember how all of those people who supported Cliven Bundy in his defiance of the federal government showed up in Ferguson to protest the excessive force used against protesters? Oh yeah, that’s right – they didn’t.

As I said before, it’s proof positive to the likes of Sean Hannity that Obama is a ruthless (and at the same time utterly incompetent) dictator who hates America and white people when the Bureau of Land Management tries to kick a rich squatter off federal land. To hear the conservative media tell it, those who joined Bundy and even threatened to shoot federal agents are heroes and American patriots. You know, because there is a war on conservative values and against white people. On the other hand, when the death of an unarmed black teenager is protested, you’ll actually see comments on conservative websites and Facebook pages wishing the police would massacre the crowd and that a black teenager deserved to die for alleged shoplifting and jaywalking.

Here’s just one of many comments over on The Kelly File, the Facebook page for Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

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In fact, conservative media even went so far as to make the false claim that he was facing a murder charge at the time of his death, which was proven false by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Not to be deterred, others circulated this image of the now-deceased motocross rider Jim McNeil, claiming it was Officer Darren Wilson in the hospital with injuries inflicted by the teenager that he shot.

One example of the heavily-circulated image that was proven to be false.

One example of the heavily-circulated image that was proven to be false.

At the time I had taken the screenshot, over 44,000 people shared this picture just from this one individual profile and many claimed it as triumphant proof that Michael Brown indeed deserved to take 6 bullets from Officer Wilson’s service weapon. The fact that Jim McNeil and Officer Wilson shared no physical similarities other than being Caucasian males around the same age didn’t seem to register with those who shared the picture. After all, this validated their belief that Michael Brown deserved what happened to him, actual facts be damned.

When confronted with news stories like the shooting of Michael Brown, conservative media will almost invariably make excuses for institutionalized racism, will make disingenuous statements about “black on black crime” and produce allegations of racism by blacks against whites. For example, this video posted on the website Conservative Outfitters shows a white couple being attacked by black teenagers as proof that black on white hate crimes exist. The comments that followed are unimaginably racist and hateful; here’s just one of them that jumped out at me.

Screenshot from the comments on conservativeoutfitters.com

Screenshot from the comments on conservativeoutfitters.com. Click to view larger.

Are there black people out there who hate white people? Sure there are. There’s black separatists and folks like Louis Farrakhan who promote hatred toward whites, and there’s the likes of Al Sharpton who can’t throw himself in front of the TV cameras fast enough every times there’s a tragedy like Ferguson or New Iberia. However, comparing black on white hatred or violence to the centuries of racism in the United States is a ridiculously false equivalency sold by conservative media and meant only to make excuses for members of their audience who want to absolve themselves of any racist feelings. Perhaps you as an older white person who remembers the days of segregation feel somewhat guilty for using racist language now or in the past. Guess what? Fox News or some even further right-wing website tells you that it’s OK, because blacks, hispanics or Asians are just as prejudiced as you and that makes it alright.

However, you cannot honestly pretend that occasional, isolated incidents of whites being the victims of racism is justification for a conservative media that rushed to smear Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and the countless other young black men who have been gunned down over the years.

For these anti-anti-racists, accusations of racism are a greater concern than actual discrimination and prejudice against blacks and other minorities. It’s not that they support racism, but that they see it as largely irrelevant to contemporary life—any problems with minority communities, in their eyes, have more to do with cultural dysfunction, not racial inequality. Moreover, if there’s a racial problem in America, it’s not against minorities, it’s against whites: “Caucasian is not one of the colors getting helped,” said Fox contributor Todd Starnes, attacking the president’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. (Source)

Racism is indeed alive and well in America, and conservative media would have you believe otherwise. Whether it’s mis-identifying a Sikh as a Muslim, or pretending there is a war on white people or even Christmas, they’re selling fear and excuses for prejudice at every opportunity.


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  • forpeace

    Because conservative Media are living in an alternate reality.

    They have to come back to the real world, and get their facts straight.

    • Stephen Barlow

      NO, they know EXACTLY the lies the spread and the harm they are doing.

  • Guest

    doesn’t matter whites will be a minority in 20 yrs, the rest will have their chance at payback then, would want to be a white cracker then!

  • Gord S.

    does not matter, whites will be a minority in 20 years, the the Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians will have their chance at political payback then, would not want to be a white cracker then!!

    • Stephen Barlow

      In Texas, only 40% of the population is white, yet ONLY white men have an unfettered path to the polls. How soon after Texas women vote in Wendy Davis do you think Expanded Medicaid will become Texas LAW?

      • rossbro

        We can only hope Wendy wins. Best of luck to her.

    • Jim Bean

      What do you think will happen when you don’t have whites to blame for everything? If you think you can do it better, why is there no indication of that to date?

      • congero

        why is there no indication of that to date? –JB
        What a stupid question. Rich whites still have control and have convinced dummies like you that there enemies are people of color. Duh!

      • congero

        Hmmmmmm….because rich whites still control everything and basically have convinced you there is a war on whites and people of color and poor people are your enemies. Read the article. Fox tells truth 18% of time! No wonder you are a dupe.

      • Jim Bean

        Lets test that. Your claim is Fox lies 82% of the time. Therefore, you should have no problem going to Fox’s website right now and pointing out 3 articles that are lies. Ready, set, go.

      • congero

        Hahaha…Lets see there’s MM, Newshounds,Fair and accuracy in reporting and the very study at this site. There is the study that found those who watch Fox are less informed than those who watch no cable news at all. I didn’t claim it I cited the study reported on at this site and others have reported.

      • Jim Bean

        I am aware of the study released by the Intelligence Institute that was universally lauded and quoted ad nauseam by the most highly intelligent dignitaries of the Liberal community – right up until the researcher revealed, (A), The Intelligence Institute does not exist, (B) the lead researcher P. Nichols was not the lead researcher, (C) the study did not take four years, (D) the study may not have tested anyone’s IQ in the first place, (E) the study was rigged from the start.

        The only thing that was proved was that a Liberal will believe anything that makes him feel good about himself now matter how preposterous it sounds. Even the guy who perpetrated the hoax was astounded at how easily and thoroughly Liberals could be fooled.

      • congero

        Rolling on the floor laughing at you and like always you cite the wrong study and then proceed to draw the wrong conclusions from a study I didn’t use or had no knowledge of. I was talking about the fact check that found Fox told the truth 18% of the time the lowest among cable news stations. It had nothing to do with the Intelligence Institute, P. Nichols and didn’t study IQ. The other comment about Fox viewers being less informed than those who watch no news all was from a University of Maryland study. After you finish washing the crow from your face goggle them. The 18% study was reported on this very site. Ignorant bigot.

      • congero

        From Article on this cite:

        And what do you know, Pundifact found Fox News to have only told the truth 18 percent (15 of 83) of the time for the statements they checked. And even of that 18 percent, only 8 percent of what they said was completely “True.” The other 10 percent was rated as “Mostly True.”

        A staggering 60 percent (50 of 83) comments were found to be either “Mostly False,” “False,” or “Pants on Fire.”

        The other 22 percent were rated “Half True.”

  • Stephen Barlow

    I am waiting for the Fed’s to charge Wilson with a HATE CRIME murder, and put him on trial when the local’s are doing nothing more than harboring a killer cop.

    • Jim Bean

      Got the cop convicted already, eh? Just like Zimmerman.

      • Stephen Barlow

        NOPE, just want Darren Wilson to get the justice Mike Brown would have gotten if wilson had a HALF DOZEN BULLETS IN HIM…

      • Jim Bean

        Something tells me if that justice turns out to be no charges at all you’ll dismiss the evidence and change your tune. No?

      • congero

        Something tells me the bigot in you would never change your tune. I bet when O.J was found not guilty of the murder of his ex and her friend you thought justice was done right?

      • Stephen Barlow

        PLEASE blubber that again, in ENGLISH?

      • congero

        If he isn’t charged it will be another crime and guess what?

        New witness in Michael Brown shooting says teenager had his hands UP when he was gunned down and disputes that he charged Officer Wilson

        Construction worker who witnessed Michael Brown’s shooting from 50 feet away says he didn’t appear to rush toward Officer Darren Wilson

        Brown, 18, seemed to stumble toward the officer, wounded

        The man says the teenager had his hands up, corroborating accounts from several other witnesses

        Look it up on google.

      • Whit “Whitney” White

        mikey like trey-von is now dead

      • congero

        Boy, can’t get anything by you. ROFL.

      • Jim Bean

        We had witnesses who said he was shot in the back as well. All witnesses, including the officer, will be asked to take polygraphs regarding their claims and the results are admissible to the grand jury. ‘Stumbling innocently’ toward the officer after having assaulted the officer may be a hard sell. And if the officer has received a substantial blow(s) to face and head how clear was his vision? You ever been hit in the nose? How clear was his thinking? And if Brown hit the officer it is more appropriate to refer to him as ‘the violent felon’ rather than ‘the teenager.” It will come down to whether the officer reasonably feared for his safety.

      • congero

        Hit in the back? Yes, that is what witnesses have said and then he turned around with hands raised. That is what multiple witnesses have said. The audio of the shooting corroborates what witnesses have said has happened. Yea, you keep trying to besmirch the character of Michael Brown that is what Fox tells you and like the willing bigot you are you regurgitate it.
        If shot in the back or grazed would mean MB was moving away not forward and attacking. Keep grasping for straws.

      • Jim Bean

        You are two weeks ignorant. Three independent autopsies have, according to the New York Times and Washington Post, revealed that all wounds were from the front. None from the back.

      • congero

        We had witnesses who said he was shot in the back as well.—–JN
        Witnesses have said MB turned around after shots maybe like one of them grazed him in the arm.
        You calling me ignorant is a bad of honor.

      • congero

        You are a Fox/O’Reily parrot JB.

      • Stephen Barlow

        hehehe NO charge is INEVITABLE. Killer cop WALKS.

        IF.. Darren were CLEAN on this shooting….
        My the month long criminal protection?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Fox news in your ear?

      • congero

        I bet you thought O.J. was innocent too! lol.

      • Stephen Barlow

        5 extra years…

    • congero

      New witness in Michael Brown shooting says teenager had his hands UP when he was gunned down and disputes that he charged Officer Wilson
      Construction worker who witnessed Michael Brown’s shooting from 50 feet away says he didn’t appear to rush toward Officer Darren Wilson
      Brown, 18, seemed to stumble toward the officer, wounded

      The man says the teenager had his hands up, corroborating accounts from several other witnesses

      • Stephen Barlow

        THINK. HOW does one GRAB a holstered GUN, without reaching ACROSS a rack mounted dash board computer?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Gotta reach 4 FEET into the car AND down the hip of the cop. OVER the radio.

        THEN Mike ?? runs ?

        STOPS
        Turns…
        Kneels and takes 6 rounds

      • Stephen Barlow

        NONE of which were called before the Grand Jury.

      • Stephen Barlow

        We actually knew this from the start.

      • congero

        Yes, I agree.

      • Stephen Barlow

        This was a straight up race fueled hate murder.

  • Melanie Collins Pennock

    Someday we will move beyond racism, perhaps not in my lifetime.

  • mmaohio33

    You’re just another racist liar scumbag who tells half truths but never the whole truth. Pathetic