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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ryan on The O'Reilly Factor": "I don't have a racist bone in my body!"



..and I don't have a racist bone in my body." 

The Weekly Standard's, a John McCormack Blog. (Note: MCormack takes the liberty of positing on his perception of Ryan's exhorting people to volunteering in the "Inner cities." )
Excerpt 
During an appearance on Bill Bennett's radio program, Ryan said that the government had created a "poverty trap" by creating "incentives not to work and to stay where you are, that’s not what we want in society." 
Ryan later added that "we have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities in particular of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work so there’s a cultural problem that has to be dealt with." 
"Everyone has got to get involved," Ryan continued. "So this is what we talk about when we talk about civil society, if you’re driving from the suburbs to the sports arena downtown by these blighted neighborhoods, you can’t just say: I’m paying my taxes  and government is going to fix that. You need to get involved. You need to get involved yourself – whether through a good mentor program or some religious charity, whatever it is to make a difference. And that’s how we help resuscitate our culture." 
Paul Ryan: Absolutely. That’s the tailspin or spiral that we’re looking at in our communities. You know your buddies Charles Murray or Bob Putnam over at Harvard, those guys have written books on this, which is we have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities in particular of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work so there’s a cultural problem that has to be dealt with. Everyone has got to get involved. So this is what we talk about when we talk about civil society, if you’re driving from the suburbs to the sports arena downtown by these blighted neighborhoods, you can’t just say: I’m paying my taxes and government is going to fix that. You need to get involved. You need to get involved yourself – whether through a good mentor program or some religious charity, whatever it is to make a difference. And that’s how we help resuscitate our culture.
Paul Ryan has come out with a statement that smacks of the ridiculous in its colloquialism and via his use as borrowed vernacular. Towards mid-week "all media" reported on a Ryan interview with (of all people) Bill O'Reilly.

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill appeared on the FOX News commentator’s “O’Reilly Factor” and while the two were having a discussion O’Reilly remarked, 
“Say you’re a cocaine dealer….and you kind of look like one a lil bit..…” 
To which the professor slyly replied, 
“As do you. You look like a cocaine user.”
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Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, is a professor at Columbia University in New York City. He frequents the airways at Huffington Post News (TV) and he hires-out to both CNN and Fox News as an on-air commentator or pundit.  What is it about Hill would give someone like O'Reilly an image of  "....and you kind of look like one by the way?"  

I suggest O'Reilly deploy the very same undercurrent of racism to appeal to his predominately white audience. In that vain, I posit Ryan did the very same with Bennett's Morning America audience. 

Racism?  Some say "No."  Even Clarence Page wrote he felt Ryan was a self-inflicted (my words) victim of a mindset.  The mindset relates to his attempt to use a colloquialism, "inner cities," that came across as a dog-whistle for of "coded" language. Page adroitly points-out there was a time when people would simply say the words, "the ghetto." GOP wordsmiths are not so bold.  Ryan would say he was not speaking about black people (per se).  And, he is escaping a degree of scrutiny based on the willingness of people to accept his explanation of "I was inarticulate." 

So, let's assume Ryan accepted an invitation from O'Reilly's producers to address his "in articulation" to a large audience of white people. Of course, O'Reilly must always drive a (Rush Limbaugh) incorporate a shoehorn in his programming. In this case, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D) CA was the shoehorn and subject of his scorn. The segment  not only provided Ryan an opportunity to say this: I don't have a racist bone in my body." The segment also gave O'Reilly a Limbaugh-like opportunity to attack Congresswoman Lee.

Read more after break below


O'Reilly: "Race Hustlers" Like Rep. Barbara Lee "Get Voted Into Office By Portraying Their Constituents As Victims"
Low-hanging fruit


We understand Ryan's attempt to deflect from his comments to his proclamation of: "I don't have a racist bone in my body."  He is a politician and safe in his district. Yet, any ambition beyond the people who provided him an eight-term congressional seat, leaving the "inner cities" poop "open for interpretation creates an Achilles Heel. So, Ryan's mindset may accurately states he is free of racism to his core.

I would suggest that Ryan isn't as free of vestiges of bigotry and racism as he believes or as he claims. Ryan's use of common accepted phraseology basic doesn't accurately depict bigotry and racism. The state of mind is taught at an Early age, reinforced via life experience and choices, and promulgated via those choices and a lack of interest in a social mind changing intervention. If the intervention is not undertaken via education, opportunity to experience the "different" and  conscious effort to practice any degree of tolerance, the subject actually reinforces her/his racism and bigotry. 
 
O'Reilly would fight to rationalize and validate his interaction with Dr. Lamont Hill via dragging Juan Williams or Geraldo Rivera out before the camera to co-sign his racist remark.  And, it was a racist remark no matter the shade or depth of racism; it fit

Ryan clearly evoked Charles Murray and Bob Putnam as not only "Bennett buddies", he evoked the names without hesitation with no regard for some of Murray's philosophies and social positions. Some like Clarence Page have written Murray's (and the late Richard Herrnstein's) 1994 book "The Bell Curve"  considered along side later writings (my words) which may better denote a good "means to an end."

Problem......Ryan did not sufficiently differentiate for the Bennett audience. How often do we grab a piece of information and hang-on to the information and refuse to replace the information with additional data or we simply do not accept the new data? Regardless of Murray's later works, he certainly provided a major basis for a mindset that has metastasized since Ronald Reagan put the breaks of all things inclusive starting in the early 1980s.  

Example.....
RationalWiki 
 
Eugenics for the masses!
The Bell Curve is a highly controversial 1994 book by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray. It purports to show that intelligence is the most dominant factor in the trajectory of each person's life, and serves to predict such things as socioeconomic status and tendencies towards criminal behavior. The book has served as a platform for many modern-day racists, giving them an "intellectual" basis and source of data to support many of their beliefs. Quite a bit of the research compiled within The Bell Curve is not disputed, but the conclusions drawn from it are generally considered to be bunk, and it has been criticized for aiding racist ideologies.

Do you believe people such as the following would place Murray's 1994 race/intelligence work in any level of modern-day perspective?
KKK imperial wizard declares his members as non-hateful; they are Christians!

You know the answer to the question. For Ryan, I suggest a mind change that leads him to personal acceptance he is not a competent social engineer. Ryan is (by fact) a Republican with all (conservative) requisite aversion to providing assistance to anyone regardless of temporary or long-term need. He subscribes to Koch brothers (libertarianism) Ayn Rand (certain writings) and Charles Murray ideology; "regardless of the person, their plight in life and existential barriers to change, force them to fiend to the point of starvation or "end-of-life." Are we to actually believe he is also embodied with immediate progressive quality of life? Regardless of proclamation to the contrary and his effort to descriptively and metaphorically describe himself as 'racism" free, he wears a collar that has a degree of bigotry and racism clearly emblazoned and visible.

It is like the late great Reggae Music genius and pioneer Bob Marley once recorded: “Who de cap fit, let 'im wear it."

Man to man is so unjust, children
You don't know who to trust
Your worst enemy could be your best friend
And your best friend your worst enemy

Some will eat and drink with you
Then behind them su-su 'pon you
Only your friend know your secrets
So only he could reveal it
And who the cap fit, let them wear it (repeat)
Said I throw me some corn, me no call no fowl
I saying, "Cok-cok-cok, cluck-cluck-cluck"

Some will hate you, pretend they love you now
Then behind they try to eliminate you
But who Jah bless, no one curse
Thank God we're past the worse

Hypocrites and parasites
Will come up and take a bite
And if your night should turn to day
A lot of people would run away
And who the cap fit let them wear it (repeat)

And then a gonna throw me corn
And then a gonna call no fowl
And then a gonna "Cok-cok-cok, cluck-cluck-cluck"

Some will eat and drink with you
And then behind them su-su 'pon you
And if your night should turn to day
A lot of people will run away
And who the cap fit, let them wear it (repeat)
I throw me corn, me no call no fowl
I saying "Cok-cok-cok, cluck-cluck-cluck" 

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