U.S. racism 'everywhere,' says Dave Matthews
Waiting for an interview on the current state of anti-semitism from Sinead O'Connor in 3... 2... 1...
CNN: President Carter said he thinks that a lot of the animosity directed toward President Obama is race related.
Dave Matthews: Of course it is! I found there's a fairly blatant racism in America that's already there, and I don't think I noticed it when I lived here as a kid. But when I went back to South Africa, and then it's sort of thrust in your face, and then came back here -- I just see it everywhere. There's a good population of people in this country that are terrified of the president only because he's black, even if they don't say it. And I think a lot of them, behind closed doors, do say it.
Let's see. There's so much goodness here. Where do I begin? Let's see. Dave Matthews is either out-and-out lying or has fried his brain with booze and/or drugs. He's 42, which means that he was around during the busing riots in Boston in the early 1970s - which I would think would qualify as just a little worse than Joe Wilson yelling "you lie" at Barack 0bama. As for comparing the United States to South Africa, that might have been a plausible comparison 50 years ago; today it just rings hollow.
As far as people being "terrified" of the President, did Matthews ever consider that it might have something to do with the man being a socialist hell-bent on destroying the country as we know it? That he's weakening us on the world stage by hobbling our military, chatting up our enemies, and in general acting as though there is not a sizable section of the world that would love for us to cease to be? That he has spent us further into debt in 8 months than George W. Bush did in 8 years?
Perhaps - and I know that this is a radical concept for someone raised on the "peace, love, and granola" bandwagon - people disagree with Barack 0bama because they have philosopical and political disagreements with the man and his policies? I know, I know. It's a helluva lot easier to just tag 'em as racists and call it a day. See, that's the easy way. That's that way you can dismiss your detractors without having to address their points - they're just racists, no need to respond to them. Just slap a label on 'em and put 'em back in the box. G-d forbid we listen to what they have to say - that wouldn't be progressive enough, would it?
Shut the fuck up and sing, Dave.
That is all.