The other day I heard that popular rapper and actor Ice-T came out in support of the second amendment. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that someone from Hollywood was supporting the evil second amendment.
Now I didn’t think that just a few short days later my pleasant surprise would turn into disappointment with Ice-T.
Ice-T also known by his given name, Tracy Marrow, is no stranger to firearms. Marrow entered the Army when selling petty drugs and stolen goods were no longer supporting his girlfriend and daughter. In the Army Marrow spent four years with the 25th Infantry Division. After leaving the military Marrow used his knowledge and infantry training to rob banks and commit what in his words were many felonies. He was never caught and later became famous but his love for firearms stayed strong even after finding fame. This is an opinion that puts him at odds with much of Hollywood.
When asked by a reporter whether or not he owned a gun. Ice-T said yes and responded by saying, “it’s legal in the United States. The right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny, not to hunt. It’s to protect yourself from the police.” The reporter then asked the rapper if he saw any link between the second amendment and murders much like that in Colorado or V.A. Tech. He responded, “No. Not really … if someone wants to kill people, they wouldn’t need a gun to do it … You can strap explosives on your body. They do that all the time.”
Now as an avid hunter and shooter I agreed with Ice-T who is a respected member of the Hollywood elite. I think that’s a first for me. I firmly believe in everything that Ice-T said; and I still do, even though his comments have now become a controversy and I have realized that even Ice-T is a member of the race bait culture.
Days after Ice-T made his comments, radio host Rush Limbaugh made some comments regarding Ice-T. Basically, Limbaugh was making reference to Ice-T’s past interviews where he was quite angry when being interviewed by the media and contrasting it to this interview he gave in the United Kingdom. Limbaugh was pointing out that Ice-T’s comments were a bit strong during the interview. Limbaugh then made mention of him knowing what tyranny is and acted surprised that he did.
Now it is still unclear to me why Rush Limbaugh would take the time to insult Ice-T when he seemed to be agreeing with the right. It seems particularly unwarranted when Ice-T seems to have a more clear understanding than our current President on the second amendment. I have to say that Rush was out of line but the way the Ice-T chose to respond is much more appalling, especially coming from a guy who had just so eloquently explained our second amendment.
Instead of handling the mild rebuke with a modicum of grace, he ran to the last refuge of the weak minded: racism. Ice-T took to Twitter and called Limbaugh a “racist piece of sh*t.” He then also added a website that listed the top ten Rush Limbaugh racist comments.
Now this racial temper tantrum thrown by Ice-T only proves to me that we are in more racial trouble than ever and it is being driven by a culture of accusations and fears of not being politically correct.
Why is it that Rush Limbaugh couldn’t just have been saying that Ice-T is a moron? I don’t personally agree. I think he is a smart guy but I do feel he is much better then he acted recently. I just want to know why no one can criticize a minority in the public eye without it being considered racist?
If you don’t believe me please consider the following two statements:
Take your ideas and beliefs and go back to Europe.
Take your ideas and beliefs and go back to Africa.
Which one sounds racist to you? It is the same question. So why is it that they sound so different?
The reason is because we have been socially conditioned to stay away from certain things in polite conversation. Now I am not saying that this means that we should be able to spew legitimate racism but everyone should be open for criticism.
Just because someone is a minority doesn’t mean that they are immune from scrutiny and until we all believe and accept this, racial tension will always be a factor in America. As long as we allow people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Ice-T to fan the flames of racism, we will be doomed to tip toe around each other and never come to an understanding.