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Dan Rather watermelon comment against Obama pegged as racist

The Dan Rather watermelon comment against Obama just recently has sparked accusations that the remark sounded very racist:

On his appearance on The Chris Matthews Show, Rather stated:

And the Republicans will make a case and a lot of independents will buy this argument. "Listen he just hasn't been, look at the health care bill. It was his number one priority. It took him forever to get it through and he had to compromise it to death." And a version of, "Listen he's a nice person, he's very articulate" this is what's been used against him, "but he couldn't sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic."(NYTimes)

What do you think about the comment? Are people just being nit-picky?

Comments

  • Apophis 4 years ago

    People are just being nit-picky.

  • Kenny 4 years ago

    Based on that single comment how could any rational, logical thinking person conclude he is a racist?

  • mike 4 years ago

    Obama is an idiot anyway, so who cares?

  • Mindless Distraction 4 years ago

    Who cares about the puppetident, or senile guy.

  • DlonnyQ 4 years ago

    Perhaps Dan Rather's "watermelon" quote was taken out of context. So let's put it in context with other comments leading liberals have made in reference to Barack Obama:

    Joe Biden: “He’s clean and articulate...”

    Bill Clinton: “This guy should be getting us coffee…”

    Jesse Jackson: “I’d like to cut his nuts off…”

    Harry Reid: “He’s light skinned and doesn’t use a Negro dialect except when he wants to…”

    Chris Matthews: “I forgot he was black for an hour…”

    David Ehrenstein, LA Times Editorial: “The magic negro…”

    All these insulting, patronizing, racist comments are from liberal Democrats.

  • DlonnyQ 4 years ago

    Perhaps Dan Rather's "watermelon" quote was taken out of context. So let's put it in context with other comments leading liberals have made in reference to Barack Obama:

    Joe Biden: “He’s clean and articulate...”

    Bill Clinton: “This guy should be getting us coffee…”

    Jesse Jackson: “I’d like to cut his nuts off…”

    Harry Reid: “He’s light skinned and doesn’t use a Negro dialect except when he wants to…”

    Chris Matthews: “I forgot he was black for an hour…”

    David Ehrenstein, LA Times Editorial: “The magic negro…”

    All these insulting, patronizing, racist comments are from liberal Democrats.

  • Rob Ross 4 years ago

    I think the problem that people have is that the comment itself draws on a racial stereotype, and the question is whether or not that's appropriate. The stereotype is that blacks eat a lot of watermelon (because they are poor), so if a black man can't sell watermelons, he must be a really bad salesperson. It's a pretty funny comment, actually, but not to people with a zero tolerance towards any sort of race-based humor.

    Rather is obviously not a racist. He made a joke at the expense of black people, but the joke was obviously not aimed at all black people - just Obama. I wish we could get away from the simplistic framework of "someone is a racist if they mention race" or "someone is a racist if they insult a black person." Of course, Americans are professionals at being offended, so perhaps in the future you won't be able to make a joke at anyone's expense.

  • Rob Ross 4 years ago

    I think the problem that people have is that the comment itself draws on a racial stereotype, and the question is whether or not that's appropriate. The stereotype is that blacks eat a lot of watermelon (because they are poor), so if a black man can't sell watermelons, he must be a really bad salesperson. It's a pretty funny comment, actually, but not to people with a zero tolerance towards any sort of race-based humor.

    Rather is obviously not a racist. He made a joke at the expense of black people, but the joke was obviously not aimed at all black people - just Obama. I wish we could get away from the simplistic framework of "someone is a racist if they mention race" or "someone is a racist if they insult a black person." Of course, Americans are professionals at being offended, so perhaps in the future you won't be able to make a joke at anyone's expense.

  • HaHaHa 4 years ago

    Dlonny- That was funny, LOL, at least the first time,lol.

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