It wasn’t until Rush Limbaugh opened his over-the-top arsenal on a White woman that he finally got blasted by an intense and visceral response from mainly liberal and progressive advocates. It took that to get everyone in a passionate fervor to shut Rush down.
Rewind for a minute. You recall that historic 1995 television footage of Howard University law students jumping up and rejoicing when the OJ Simpson murder conviction verdict was read, right? That was in contrast to a Time magazine shot of White females at a California shopping center crying in shock and disbelief. The poignant take-away from the differing reactions was not that Blacks were callous and happy to see a man possibly get away with murder. And part of the jubilance was not retribution for slavery or historic ill-treatment of blacks in US history.
Rather, it was an amalgamation of a resounding and collective “I told you so” from many African Americans who for decades had been saying there is severe inequity and injustice in the U.S. Justice System.
But it took the freeing of a man who may have been responsible for killing his Caucasian wife and her Jewish friend for the rest of America to get it and realize that the system is broken.
Fast forward eight years, and the chickens have come to roost once again. Members from the immigrant, minority, Jewish and Muslim communities are shouting at the top of their lungs. They’ve organized boycotts in unsuccessful attempts to get advertisers and the general public to get outraged as much as them over the many extreme, arguably hateful and downright detestable controversial statements that conservative firebrand talk host Rush Limbaugh has said about them for years.
As you’ve already heard, Rush lit into Georgetown University Law Student, Sandra Fluke, for testifying at a Democratic-sponsored event on Capitol Hill recently after being denied a chance to speak at the all-male panel on President Obama’s contraception mandate.
The heated reaction was responsible for getting 21 of Limbaugh’s advertisers to pull their support from his show in a way that was never before possible.
See: it is all part of the Natalie Holloway/Kaylee Anthony/Chandra Levy/Yeardley Love –esque way that Americans select, with prejudice, whose crosses and battles to bear. Indeed, we have a penchant for getting engrossed and engaged over ills, death and wrongs when done to certain victims … yet we tacitly and practically ignore others.
For example, the mainstream press didn’t really cover much the condescending remarks Rush had about First Lady Michelle Obama even though no other president’s wife had been on the receiving end of such verbal assaults. Black radio and press was all over it though.
But, let it be a Black woman and you hear only crickets chirping at the mainstream press studios.
Just last February, Rush criticized her for not looking like a stick thin Sports Illustrated swimsuit model during his February 21, 2011 show. A few months later in August, he dug into her again on what he perceived was the “leftist media’s” insufficient criticism of her vacation as a form of reparation for “our slave past.” He said:
“As far as the media’s concerned, Mrs. Obama deserves this. Look at the sordid past. Look at our slave past, look at the discriminatory past. It’s only fair that people of color get their taste of the wealth of America too.”
So NOW, because of his latest comments, more than several sites are recounting all of the outlandish things he’s said in the past.
Like what he said January 19, 2007 about NFL players: “Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”
On Jesse Jackson: “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”
On Blacks: “They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares? I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.”
On actor Michael J. Fox testifying on Capitol Hill for stem cell research to help cure Parkinson’s disease which Fox suffers from: “He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. … This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.”
On Hispanics: “Let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do — let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work.”
On Martin Luther King: “You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed.”
On the validity of President Obama’s election: “[Obama] wouldn’t have been voted president if he weren’t Black. Somebody asked me over the weekend why does somebody earn a lot of money have a lot of money, because she’s Black. It was Oprah. No, it can’t be. Yes, it is. There’s a lot of guilt out there, show we’re not racists, we’ll make this person wealthy and big and famous and so forth…. If Obama weren’t Black he’d be a tour guide in Honolulu or he’d be teaching Saul Alinsky constitutional law or lecturing on it in Chicago.”
On his opposition to Americans donating towards Haiti relief efforts following its devastating 2010 earthquakes: “We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”
It goes on and on.
Alas, this recent wrangling will be temporary.
The man who commands $50 million a year has a base of fans that is wide as the rivers are long and who will inevitably stand by him.
Even if he were to abandon terrestrial radio for satellites, his loyal following of conservative listeners will sojourn to wherever he goes to get their daily or weekly dose of Rush.