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Dan Rather watermelon comment against Obama pegged as racist

Dan Rather
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  • Apophis 5 years ago

    People are just being nit-picky.

  • Kenny 5 years ago

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

  • mike 5 years ago

    Obama is an idiot anyway, so who cares?

  • Mindless Distraction 5 years ago

    Who cares about the puppetident, or senile guy.

  • DlonnyQ 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

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

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