H. Alexander Robinson

NBJC responds to Rush Limbaugh's racist remarks about Darfur

Filed By H. Alexander Robinson | August 28, 2007 12:16 PM | comments

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Tags: black voters, Media Matters, racism, Rush Limbaugh

On the August 21, 2007 broadcast of the nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show, Limbaugh responded to a caller who asked why Democrats wanted to provide support and assistance in the African country of Darfur.

Limbaugh responded:

"There are two reasons. What color is the skin of the people in Darfur? It's black. And who do the Democrats really need to keep voting for them? If they lose a significant percentage of this voting bloc, they're in trouble." The caller responded, "The black population" to which Limbaugh said, "Right."

How anyone with a sense of decency could create a line of thought much less the words to state that America's involvement in Darfur is politically motivated in order to secure the "Black vote" in 2008 versus an act of humanitarianism is beyond comprehension.

As many as 400,000 men, women and children have been estimated killed as a result of the conflict in Darfur and nearly 3,000,0000 million people are now homeless living in refugee camps in nearby countries as result of the bloodshed. Many of these refugees are women who have been repeatedly attacked and raped in camps which were built to house and protect to them.

Mr. Limbaugh's insidious, constant and careless race-baiting prove his partisan agenda--disconnected from humanitarian concerns. Gay Americans, women and people of color all appear to be fair game for Mr. Limbaugh as he seeks to empower himself and others like him at the risk of the lives of innocent men, women and children.

The National Black Justice Coalition calls for swift sanctions against Rush Limbaugh, his producers and advertisers of his radio program. NBJC also calls for a nation-wide support of a petition requiring Limbaugh to apologize for his insensitive remarks on the air."

Please visit Media Matters to sign up and let your voice and comments be known. To listen to the Rush Limbuagh comments click here.

The National Black Justice Coalition is nationwide civil rights organization dedicated to ending racism and homophobia and empowering Black LGBT men, women and youth

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Limbaugh is a racist, egotistical jerk. But I have to ask - you want him to lose his job for this remark? In the grand scheme of things, he's said much, much worse! I'm curious - why pick this one?

I wouldn't actually go so far as to call this one offensive so much as stupid. The African-American community does trend Democratic; however, to say that's the reason for involvement in Darfur is just dumb. How many times have we seen the blogs, news, and celebrities begging America to really get involved in Darfur? If Dems were doing this to solidify the black vote, they'd be more interested in actually doing something worthwhile there!

By my standards, both parties are losing my respect because of our pathetic non-response to Darfur. By Rush's logic, if I were African-American I'd be even more angry with the Democrats instead of grateful. It just makes no sense.

So why not go after Rush for blatantly homophobic, racist and sexist remarks like Don Imus made?

Michael Bedwell | August 28, 2007 3:08 PM

I loathe the thought that Don Imus may soon be back on the air, too, but Limbaugh is arguably worse because his racist, sexist, homophobic eruptions are so premeditated and consciously meant to keep the mob's torches lit about whatever.

Demagogues about race or whatever are not new to America, and they have been quick to exploit evolving media. Limbaugh would kill and eat us all for the radio audiences that the pro-Nazi, antiSemitic Father Coughlin had in the 1930s. Some estimates range as high as 40 million listeners a week.

Limbaugh may have less than a third that, but he remains today's King Cobra of poisonous airwaves and only an unrelenting, large-scale movement focusing on pressuring advertisers will ever knock him off his throne. And that I totally support.

Along with thousands of graves of those killed by AIDS [millions if one includes the rest of the world and one should], the death of the Fairness Doctrine in broadcasting is another legacy of Ronald Reagan. And the Repugs will fight dirty tooth and nail to keep it dead.