On Friday, Bill Maher made the ridiculous claim that the Matt Drudge is racist because African Americans were highlighted in some of the stories on the Drudge Report. He showed pictures of the men in the stories and declared, "This is racism in America". If Maher is not aware (and of course he is), Matt Drudge does not report exclusively on African Americans, and the people in the highlighted stories on his site are actually articles from other news outlets. The Drudge Report does not write the stories, they compile them.
Allegations of racism has long been used a tool to marginalize the perceived opposition. Unfortunately, it worked...for awhile. However, the unfounded and regular attacks have gotten to be so silly that they have become meaningless. Sadly, the charge of racism has become so regular that actual racism is diminished.
Rachel Maddow accused Fox News of being racist by reporting stories on Van Jones, ACORN, New Black Panther Party and Shirley Sherrod. Maddow blamed Fox for reporting these stories in the effort to appeal to "white people, white voters or white would-be voters to feel afraid of black people, to feel afraid of African American people as if they are not fellow Americans but rather a threat to what white people have." This was not the only time that Maddow used the race card, she also said that Tea Party activists were "white hooded racists" and wrote about the "racist roots" of the Arizona Immigration law. Speaking of laws, the recent voter reform in Florida has been called "racist" by MoveOn.
The Tea Party has been relentlessly deemed racist, with no evidence. The Tea Party was even called out by the NAACP to denounce their supposed racism! The Occupy Movement, conversely, has been shown time and time again to portray radically anti-Semitic signs and rhetoric. Some of the members of the movement were even charged in a hate crime.
One does not have to be white to be a target, conservative African Americans are even bigger targets. Regarding Herman Cain, Bill Maher sarcastically said "My black friend Herman Cain says racism is over and they should just suck it up. That's my black friend [who] said that. So you know its okay," Maher went on to accuse Cain's supporters of being the real racists because they view Cain as their "black friend."
Chris Matthews called the GOP the "Grand Wizard Crowd" (and was called on it by Michael Steele). The charge of "Uncle Tom" has long been aimed at Clarence Thomas and other African American conservatives.
An entire volume could be written about the silly charges of racism made regularly by those who seek to shut down the conversation. It is to the point where it is almost funny, if it were not so pathetic. Perhaps, instead of making false charges of racism, those who use this tired tactic can consider supporting their arguments based on their merits.
Watch Maher's attempt to deem the Drudge Report racist: