MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews has continued to demonstrate – graphically and offensively – the twisted double standard that allows liberal commentators to defame and insult black conservatives without fear of retribution or even criticism from other mainstream media outlets.
He consistently and intentionally refers to grassroots Americans who have become politically involved in the Tea Party movement as “Teabaggers” – a derogatory term describing a homosexual sex practice too offensive to describe. Anyone other than a prominent liberal on an aggressively liberal cable station would be fired for using such an offensive term, but Matthews and his ilk are given a free pass to defame honest, God-fearing and concerned conservative Americans whose only “crime” is a concern for the direction their country is heading.
However, on January 5th, Matthews took his persistent diatribe against grassroots conservative Americans in a whole new and dangerous direction: adding race-baiting to his kit-bag of insults, slander and insinuation (http://tinyurl.com/yadd6gv).
Interviewing Mark McKinnon of The Daily Beast, Matthews asked, “So who will lead the tea-baggers?” Before his guest could answer, Matthews went on: “They’re monochromatic, right? … every picture I see shows them to be … they’re all white. All of them, every single one of them is white.”
McKinnon responded, “I think that’s a fair characterization, predominantly,” to which Matthew replied, “Yeah, well what’s that about?”
I happen to be a black American who, along with my wife Selena, have participated in and spoken at each of the Tea Party Express events. I am also a publisher and the author of Obama: Why Black America Should Have Doubts. I am outraged over this obvious racial slur. I can only assume that Mr. Matthews, in addition to gleefully demeaning grassroots Americans with his constant references to “teabaggers,” is intent on inserting racism into the Tea Party movement.
Matthews has ignored my wife and me though our participation has been highly visible – even CNN featured me in their 2009 Year in Review coverage of the Tea Party movement.
Worse, Matthews has blatantly ignored the participation of all grassroots black Americans in the Tea Party movement, such as Lloyd Marcus, the official “unhyphenated black American” and Tea Party Express patriotic singer/songwriter, as well as attendees and local Tea Party speakers.
Matthews has no excuse for not knowing about this assault, or the participation of many other black Americans in grassroots political events. By pushing conservative black Americans to the back of the media bus, Matthews has once again exposed his ulterior motives, just as he did when he repetitively referred to politically active Americans with a repugnant homosexual slur – to promote division, hatred and racism.
Chris Matthews is a disgrace to American journalism and to all who cherish free expression and participation in America’s democracy. However, unlike liberals who shout “off with their heads” at any conservative who commits what they consider to be a politically incorrect offense, I am not asking for what would amount to a lukewarm apology from MSNBC. Frankly, I believe that MSNBC and Chris Matthews deserve each other. My only regret is that whenever someone like Mr. Matthews – with a microphone and an audience – stirs racial hatred or participates in race-baiting, black Americans are the ones who pay the price.
About William Owens, Jr.
William Owens, Jr. is an accomplished author of over seven books which include political / Black-American and Christian maturity. He is president and founder of Higher Standard Enterprises, Inc., a multi-media company focusing on publishing books and developing productions that speak to the issues of country and community. He has been featured on radio and TV shows throughout the country regarding numerous issues within the scope of politics and religion. Owens and his wife, Selena, have been married for twenty-three years. They are the proud parents of four children and reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
About Higher Standard Publisher and William Owens
Higher Standard Publishers is the official publisher for The Tea Party Express Commemorative Journal. The journal conveys the function of the Tea Party Express tours, while also focusing on the top political issues facing Americans. The third Tea Party Express tour, “Just Vote Them Out” is scheduled to begin in Searchlight, Nevada – hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – on March 27, 2010, and will commence in Washington DC on Tax Day, April 15, 2010.
In addition to touring with the Tea Party Express with his wife Selena – the author of The Power Within A Conservative Woman – Owens is the author of several successful books on Christian faith in America, and on Conservative principles in the face of an increasingly hostile, secular and socialistic elected and appointed government. His latest book – Obama: Why Black America Should Have Doubts – is his personal perspective, as a Black American, on then Senator Barack Obama, and was released prior to the 2008 presidential election.