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NPR’s Middle-Americaphobia

March 15, 2011

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NPR’s Middle-Americaphobia

I have to admit I’ve never listened to NPR, but I assume those letters stand for Not (very good at) Public Relations?

It’s been a rough year. First came the firing of a black man, Juan Williams, by extremely white liberals for a frank and innocent remark deemed to be racist according to extremely white liberals’ interpretation of racism.

Hello?

Williams simply stated on The O’Reilly Factor that “when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried.”

In his defense, there’s little or no history of nicely kempt, mild-mannered Presbyterians in polyester garb hijacking airplanes.

It smacks of a whole other race-based white-determined yoke of oppression for him to bear, like an albatross around Juan’s neck.

Political, social, and philosophical proclivities aside, extremely extreme extremism is obviously afoot on the public airwaves. That should be the only concern.

As last week’s “sting”-slash-luncheon attests, NPR’s motto should be, “Frankly, we don’t care for much of the public.”

Especially that, that “Middle America.”

“Deriding Dems and ‘liberals’ for blatantly, unapologetically bigoted remarks against average Americans is becoming as easy as taking Kashi bars from a baby.”

Deriding Dems and “liberals” for blatantly, unapologetically bigoted remarks against average Americans is becoming as easy as taking Kashi bars from a baby. Nevertheless, let us belabor and besmirch:

NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller had this to say in the video, describing the Tea Party as “not just Islamophobic, but really xenophobic. Basically, they believe in white, middle America, gun-toting—it’s pretty scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”

Racist racists are the worst kind.

What is the difference between an “Islamophobe,” a “homophobe,” a your-aggrieved-group-here-o-phobe, and a “Middle America”-phobe? When is racial stereotyping good racial stereotyping? When are dismissive generalizations based on race good dismissive generalizations based on race?

When is all this “my side right or wrong”-ness not just plain and simple jingoism? Their chauvinism is good chauvinism? For all their sniffing and pooh-poohing of “religion” (i.e., Christianity and only Christianity) and “patriotism,” they betray more false gods and sacred cows than you can shake Moses’s walking stick at. They’re waving more flags than the VFW.

The two NPR types in the video (yes, they’re stereotypes, too—they started it) aren’t exactly “just plain folk.” The “power to the people” bunch never are.

One lives in Aspen, where I’m guessing there’s not a strong Tea Party presence. Not a lot of “diversity,” either, whether racial, economic, or otherwise. You’d probably find more divergent thinking among the Amish.

Schiller’s above quote was spoken with a feigned incredulity and nervous titter while shooting a wan little “please like me” smile toward the pretend Muslims. The mention of their Muslim Brotherhood connection didn’t raise a “non-bigoted, non-racist” NPR eyebrow.

The “anti-intellectual” comments by Schiller are an interesting gripe, rife with implied classism, elitism, and -isms galore, including, I’ll say it, racism.

To begin with, he obviously fancies himself an “intellectual” as opposed to “this very large uneducated part of the population that carries these ideas.”

Migrant workers, for instance? Poor blacks? Native Americans on reservations? They’re the enemy, too? Or just the white ones?

One of the more fascinating inconsistencies among the self-perceived “educated elite” is the gleeful scorn and derision heaped on Christianity unless it’s black Christianity. Suddenly Christianity is kinda neat, kinda cute.

Whites are to be scorned and reviled for their antiquated, backward beliefs. Blacks are to be patronized and indulged in their quaint customs and colorful superstitions.

We read you loud and clear, educated ones.

The other NPR-er in the video, a Betsy Liley, tells the already anti-American (so far as she knows) Muslim fellows: “We put Japanese Americans in camps in World War II.”

What’s she bringing that up fer? Eat your micro-green salad with balsamic reduction and shut up.

It’s like Democratic Congressman Jim Moran telling an Arab television network in January that we’re a bunch of racists.

Why not tell foreigners who aren’t crazy about us to begin with that we’re pretty nice and want to be their friends? Reprazent, for goodness’ sake.

Just don’t “go and lay your hands on a Pittsburgh Steeler fan,” to quote Charlie Daniels (In America), and we cool.

Besides, it was their party who put Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II.

“All things considered,” that bunch of decrepit pious prisspots at NPR could stand a breath of “fresh air.” Today’s “left” is just the inverse Christian Coalition, only more pious and sanctimonious. Cloistered snooty white bluebloods calling people they’ve never met and wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole “racists.”

They’re also liars. All they wanted was for Juan Williams to sing Go Down, Moses for them, and they know it.

 

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