Michael Berry, conservative host of a syndicated radio show, and self-proclaimed “czar” of talk radio, believes that the reason nobody says “white lives matter” is because we don’t need to remind ourselves that white lives matter. The dirty little secret of the black community, he believes, is that black people don’t believe that black lives matter. White people are not violent, because they value life. Black people are violent, because they don’t value life. To him, that’s the end of the discussion.
What an absolutely racist view to take. That completely ignores all the (very real) reasons that there seems to be a bigger problem with violence in the black community than in the white community. It also places white people above black people in terms of morality. He might as well have just come right out and said, “White people are better people than black people. I’m a white person who knows the truth.” This attitude demonstrates his need to feel superior.
It gets even better, though. Media Matters for America posted the entire transcript of Berry’s rant on their site. Berry also said:
But we can’t deny the influence that [the black] subculture is having on our society. You can go and hide behind your gates. Y’all can hire a guard at night. But eventually, a Trayvon Martin’s going to come walking through your yard, at night, on suspension from school. Because his dad has a good job, and he lives there. And he lives in a world of thuggery, and his dad doesn’t. That’s actually — that was the case there. But he was a thug, who went to school with other thugs.
Of course, a racist white guy would think that Trayvon Martin was shot and killed because he was a black teen in the wrong place, and a black teen in the wrong place obviously means he’s up to no good.
Berry has made other horribly bigoted statements on his show. This isn’t the first, and it won’t be the last. The Houston Chronicle reported in 2010 that Berry hoped someone would blow up any mosque built near Ground Zero in New York City. Of course, he later said he didn’t advocate any such thing, and that the caller to whom he was speaking had gotten belligerent.
In 2012, he came under fire on social media after tweeting a horribly racist term when referring to black people shooting other black people on Chicago’s south side. Fox Houston says he claimed that his use of the term had no racial intent. He claimed, instead, that he used the term as a jab towards the Obama administration’s lack of concern for people dying in the streets of his own hometown.
Right. We’re pretty sure some of Berry’s best friends are black, too.
Even if he thinks he had no racial intent there, he did tweet it with the intent of tearing black people down and making them look bad, while he sits in his ivory tower with his white privilege on display for all to see. That is, ultimately, what he suffers from.
People like Michael Berry (and Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, etc.) shouldn’t even be on the air if they’re going to keep up with this nonsense. Not only do they not have even the most basic grasp of racial issues in this country, let alone a basic understanding of just the fact that root causes other than skin color exist for these problems, they show a severe lack of willingness to actually look into the issues before shooting their mouths off.
And they wonder why we liberals “play the race card.” It’s not playing the race card. It’s calling these idiots out on their blatant racism and bigotry.