Fox News is the television news mouthpiece for the Bush
administration. When the White House recently announced the departure
of press secretary Scott McClellan rumors immediately surfaced that
his replacement would be Tony Snow of none other than Fox News.
The rumors were true and now it is official, Fox News speaks for
At his first press briefing
Snow was asked about the NSA program that has allowed the federal
government to spy on thousands of Americans. In his response Snow
couldn’t resist throwing in references to white
supremacy fantasy in order to defend government supremacy over
“I don't want to hug the tar baby of trying to comment on the program – the alleged
program – the existence of which I can neither confirm nor deny.”
You can take the man out of Fox, but you can’t take
Fox out of the man. Like his former colleagues at that network Snow
doesn’t pass up an opportunity to openly espouse racist doctrine.
Fox correspondent John Gibson recently exhorted viewers
to make babies, and quickly. Gibson is worried that Hispanics are
“To put it bluntly: We need
more babies. Forget that zero population growth stuff of my poor,
misled generation. Why is this important? Because civilizations
need populations to survive. So far we're doing our part here in
America, but Hispanics can't carry the whole load. The rest of you:
Get busy. Make babies.”
After being criticized for saying that Hispanic babies
are not part of civilization, Gibson took umbrage but again proved
his critics right.
“My concern was simply that I didn't want America to become
Europe, where the birthrate is so low the continent is quickly being
populated by immigrants – mainly
from Muslim countries – whose birthrate is very high.”
Bill O’Reilly doesn’t want to be left out of the white
wagon either. He complained about efforts to destroy “the white
“. . . many far-left thinkers believe the white power structure that controls
America is bad, so a drastic change is needed.
“According to the lefty zealots,
the white Christians who hold power must be swept out by a new multicultural
tide, a rainbow coalition, if you will.”
Perhaps we should thank O’Reilly for confirming that
there is a white power structure in existence. The world should
be so lucky to have it swept away.
Snow’s explanation for his insult was equally insulting.
He whined about being picked on and pointed out what everyone already
knows, that the term tar baby came from the Uncle Remus stories.
tar baby are a slur, period. They are used to hurt, to anger and
to offend. The fact that they first appeared in the Uncle Remus
stories doesn’t let Snow off the hook. The Uncle Remus stories were
part of a carefully orchestrated effort to make plantation life
appear benevolent instead of horrific.
The Uncle Remus character gave his young white master
home spun wisdom. The white child was able to refer to an unrelated
elderly man as uncle and not Sir or Mr. as he should have. The Uncle
Remus excuse is more than just lame. It proves that Snow fantasizes
about the good old days of plantation life and how wonderful they
would have been, for him that is.
He said he wouldn’t use the term again, not because
he admitted wrong doing, but because, “I've decided, though, because
it's a classic case of, I think, somebody trying to sort of pick
a fight. I'll probably take that out of my tool chest of rhetorical
devices, rather than having to explain a hundred and fifty years
of American culture."
Snow’s comments were disgraceful, but the usual black
suspects were waiting in the wings to keep him from catching too
much flack. The media give prominence to black commentators who
toe the line. They must criticize other black people who speak truth
to power and also let white racists off the hook.
Enter DeWayne Wickham. The USA Today columnist followed
the rules laid down by the corporate media and declared that Snow
just misspoke and we should all just shut
up about it.
“It's obvious to me that Snow had no racial reference in mind
when he uttered those words. Like others who use the term "tar
baby" in describing a sticky situation, Snow was probably unmindful
of its more insidious usage.”
DeWayne Wickham is a mind reader. Who knew? Perhaps
he can give us more insights and tell us what else Snow does and
doesn’t believe. Wickham’s defense of Snow is as disgraceful as
the original comment. He should use his powers of clairvoyance to
tell us why Snow didn’t just use the words sticky situation instead
of channeling tales of the old South.
It is all terribly insidious. The White House has a
favorite network that is openly racist and even black people who
want a seat at the table have to say that it is all okay. On his
very first day on the job the new press secretary makes the agenda
clear to anyone who wasn’t paying attention. Yes, you will be spied
upon and yes, we white people are the boss, and no, you won’t stand
in our way. Where is Uncle Remus and his wisdom when you need him?
Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears
weekly in BC.
Ms. Kimberley is a freelance writer living in New York City. She
can be reached via e-Mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read more
of Ms. Kimberley's writings at freedomrider.blogspot.com.