Obama, Oprah, a Rodeo Clown and the Race Card

Several days ago, a rodeo clown wore an Obama mask and asked the audience if they wanted to see Obama run down by a bull. The race card then went into effect. The rodeo clown was banned from the Missouri State Fair (of which he was a rodeo participant) while the NAACP called for a federal investigation.

First of all, there are masks of not only Obama, but all sorts of famous people from all races. Are any of them offended by such masks?

Second, people have poked fun at Obama’s predecessors (e.g., masks of George W. Bush, Richard Nixon) and some have even said worse things about his predecessors. How much of an uproar have you heard regarding those individuals?

But the rodeo clown mask is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the race card. It came into play soon after the Tea Party came along. Janeane Garofalo accused the Tea Party of being a racist organization. But when pushed for any credible evidence, she was not able to provide it.

It appears that the damage had been done to the Tea Party (although not to the point its opponents had hoped for). Accusing someone of being racist (or any type of prejudice for that matter) can lead to someone’s reputation being ruined. As Richard Poe mentioned in his book The Seven Myths of Gun Control, the race card has the power to destroy. He adds that the charges don’t even have to be true. Lawsuits, fines, imprisonment, job loss, are just a few of the consequences one faces if accused of any type of prejudice, be it here in the United States or another country.

Here in the United States, you could be sued, investigated, fined, and possibly even jailed (depending on the circumstances) if someone accuses you of being prejudiced. In Canada, you wind up being hauled before the Human Rights Commission. In Australia or New Zealand, you could be fined or thrown into jail. The situation is similar throughout nearly all of Europe.

And since the charges don’t have to be true, that means anyone can accuse someone else of any type of prejudice if they don’t like what they hear. And with the way the mainstream liberal media is, refuting such accusations can be quite difficult. However, it is not impossible. David Horowitz faced such accusations in the late 1990s, but due to the emergence of the internet, he was able to fight back.

About the author: Andrew Linn

Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to examiner.com and Right Impulse Media.

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