After Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's recorded comments were made public, the issue of race as been brought back into the news. While many have their own opinions on the issue, one right-wing talker thinks he is one of the few who lives in a "colorblind society."
Never one to hold back from controversy, right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh spoke about the issue of race and a "colorblind society" on a recent broadcast of "The Rush Limbaugh Show." Limbaugh stated that liberals almost always see skin color first, but he alleges he doesn't have that problem.
"For all this talk about a colorblind society, I think I am one of the few who actually live that. I mean, Geraldo Rivera, all the owners in the NBA are Jewish, who thinks like this? I don’t. But one thing I've noted to liberals, you are what you look like. Part and parcel, the first thing they see about somebody is their skin color. Then they want to know the sexual orientation. Then they want to know the gender. And once they have the answers to all of those curiosities, then they group those people into whatever victim group here or victim group there. And then they begin showering them with two things: Sympathy and low expectations.
You've heard of the phrase, the soft bigotry of low expectations? That’s exactly what liberalism owns. They look at people based on their skin color, their gender, their sexual orientation. They see people who are incompetent, incapable of overcoming the odds because they’re such victims. The rest of the country is so mean and so prejudiced and so racist and so bigoted, all they do is feel sorry for or think these people are incompetent, incapable, therefore liberals are needed to guide them through the rough patches and so forth. It really is a demeaning worldview. It’s a demeaning way to look at people. And yet they, at the same time, are out demanding that we have a colorblind society. The last thing in the world they’ll ever permit is a colorblind society."
Like Sterling, a registered Republican, Rush Limbaugh continues to push the conservative agenda on the issue of race. Push back when criticism gets to heavy and attempt to deflect the blame on "liberals" at all cost. Race is a major issue even 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. For a man like Limbaugh, who has had a history of making controversial statements on race, to claim he lives a live of a colorblind society is just laughable.