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Monday, May 5, 2008

MitchellGate Day 4: Mary Mitchell and Louis Farrakhan

As I have pointed out earlier, Mary Mitchell has been a steadfast supporter of Barack Obama. I haven't read every article that Mitchell wrote in relation to Obama, however everytime her support is mentioned toward him it is men, it is mentioned in the context of race.

At a time when African Americans are on the cusp of watching a barrier come crashing down,

As such, the only times I have seen her attack Obama is in response to his own attacks on African American figures. She made several attacks of Obama vis a vis Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and then there is this defense of Louis Farrakhan

When Sen. Barack Obama "rejected" and "denounced" the support of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan during the MSNBC debate last week, it wasn't his finest hour.

What is more revealing is the obfuscations and moral equivalency that she uses to defend Farrakhan...

No matter how many times Farrakhan explains, defends or refutes anti-Semitic comments that have been attributed to him, his kiss is still the kiss of death.


The point here, of course, is that these men -- one the pastor of an 8,000-member congregation where the church roll reads like a Who's Who of the Chicago black elite, and the other the leader of an organization that has historically saved young men from crime and drugs -- are unfit to even speak of Obama.

Now, if Farrakhan has apologized for some of these statements, I didn't hear about. Let's just give a sampling of some of his racist remarks. (source)

The real anti-Semites are those who came out of Europe and settled in
Palestine, and now they call themselves the true Jews, when in fact, they
converted to Judaism (2007)


“I heard from a very reliable source that under that levee there was a 25
foot hole, which suggested that it may have been blown up, so that the water
would destroy the black part of town, and where the whites lived, it would be
dry.” (9/12/2005)


White people are potential humans…they haven’t evolved yet."


I call them the so-called Jews because to be a Jew you have to adhere to
the statutes and laws that create the special relationship. How can you be a Jew
and promote homosexual marriage (3/18/2004)

Now, many of these were within the last couple years. Yet, in the view of Mary Mitchell he has apologized profusely for them. Mitchell just can't seem to grasp that the endorsement of a racist maybe a problem to a politician, but then again why would a racist see the endorsement of another racist as a problem.

Now, contrast Mitchell's support of Farrakhan to her crude attack on Don Imus.

Don Imus needs to go home, permanently.And while he's at it, he can take his radio producer with him. Although Imus deserves all the bombs being tossed his way for referring to black members of the Rutger's basketball as "nappy-headed hos," McGuirk led off by first referring to them as "hardcore hos." Neither one of these men would dare call white women soccer players hos on air.

I don't know what pisses me off the most--the fact that Imus and his sidekick get paid for entertaining white listeners by bashing black people, as was pointed out by the Rev. Jesse Jackson , or the fact that black people had to protest before CBS Radio and MSNBC took any action against Imus. Didn't one executive at either outlet know all hell was about to break loose?

Now, I don't know anyone that apologized more profusely for their remarks than Imus did. Furthermore, Imus does all sorts of good things in the community. Yet, when he made his remarks, Mitchell was quick and brutal in not only denunciating him, but in calling for him to be fired. In Mitchell's world, white racists have no place making a living, while African American racists, like herself, are given every opportunity.

The other thing that is interesting is that Mitchell sees Obama's distance as nothing more than politicking.

Fortunately for Obama, most black people understand the game.


Although Obama scored points for defusing a political bomb, his answer was

Yet the stakes are too high for African Americans to lose faith.


Obama should have found a way to escape Russert's trap without denigrating Farrakhan's legacy.

But, like I said, we understand.

In other words, in Mitchell's view, Obama's renunciation was nothing more than pandering to white voters because he needs their votes. She believes that Obama really does subscribe to Farrakhan but can't outwardly admit it because Farrakhan has been unfairly demonized by whites.

Once again, the chutzpah that Mitchell shows is breathtaking. Imagine if a white person had been insulted when John McCain distanced himself from John Hagee. Imagine if the same person had said we white people understand the game. Imagine if the white person had excused Hagee's incendiary remarks by pointing to the good Hagee had done in the community. Imagine if the white person had ended the article by saying, "like I said, we understand". The furor would have been overwhelming again. Yet, Mitchell is able to defend Farrakhan, turn it into a black and white issue, and proclaim that black people understand that Obama is only pandering to whites, and get away with it.

Finally, there is this interesting quote toward the end of the article.

Other longtime supporters of the Nation of Islam are willing to forgive Obama for playing into the hands of his staunchest critics.

"There is a new level of political maturity that one can observe going on in the black movement," said Conrad Worrill, a professor at Northeastern Illinois University Jacob Carruther's Center, and a co-founder of the National Black United Front."

Right now, people are exercising political discipline as it centers around the goals of the black electoral empowerment movement. In the '60s, '70s or '80s, if this kind of condemnation had taken place by one of our revered leaders, there would have been a verbal bloodbath," he said.

"But the more we engaged in verbal rhetoric, the more our enemies used it against us. It is just unfortunate that at this moment in history we don't have the kind of power as a people to keep us from capitulating to forces that have their own agenda."

What is the National Black United Front?

The National Black United Front (NBUF) is a coalition made up of individuals and organizations working together for the benefit of all people of African descent.

Among its goals and platforms is an Afro Centric education curriculum in the public schools, reparations for slavery, and this...

On Friday, October 25, 1996, the National Black United Front (NBUF) launched a National Petition Drive charging the United States Government with genocide.

The National Black United Front takes the position that the proliferation of the distribution and sale of crack cocaine by Africans in America street organizations has reached epidemic proportions, causing serious harm to the African community in America. This harm can only be described as acts of genocide by the United States government through its Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

In addition to the acts of genocide perpetuated through the CIA and in this recent revelation, acts of genocide can also be attributed to the government's use of taxpayers resources to wage war on a segment of the American population. this can be evidenced by the following:

So, this group believes, like Reverend Wright, that the CIA introduced crack cocaine into the inner cities. Now, it is journalistically dishonest to quote the head of this group without setting context of what this group is all about. Then again, it is likely that Mitchell believes that the CIA introduced crack cocaine into the inner cities and so she likely didn't see anything wrong in quoting him.

Thus, to review, we have a column in which a racist, homophobe and anti Semite is defended. He is defended by using the most outrageous obfuscations and moral equivalencies. Furthermore, a politician is attacked when he attacks this racist, and ultimately that attack is chalked up to cynical politics.

Here is the contact information for her boss and editor: i Tom McNamee and you can complain to him by calling 312-321-2510, emailing @, or faxing to 312-321-2122.


Anonymous said...

Senator Hillary Clinton ties Obama in Guam! Pundits like CNN & MSNBC got it wrong again predicting Obama would win by double digits. Each candidate got 50% of the votes! More than half the voters will not vote for obama! 56% who heard speech less likely to vote for Obama, his unfavorable rating among registered voters up 37 percent!! Clinton leads McCain 48 to 41 percent among all registered voters, while Obama and McCain are tied. National lead dropped 10pts now tied with Senator Clinton and he is now losing in IN too. Once 25 pts ahead in NC now just 5pts- They are not going to give this Presidency to Obama because hes black and if we don’t blacks will stay home, so what? American is ready to elect a black man not this black man who recently revealed a major character flaw and again calls into question his judgment and truthfulness of the candidate whose entire appeal has been based on character or his lack there of and not solutions. If Clinton is not on the ballot Working White Middle class will stay home and Obama cannot win on just black votes. David Axelrod said Obama doesn’t need white middle class voters. Axelrod said, “The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new Democratic candidates don’t need to rely solely on those votes.”

Obama's Chickens Come Home to Roost too little, too late. The Wright controversy had revealed a major character flaw and calls into question his judgment once again and truthfulness of the candidate whose entire appeal has been based on character. Wright is like an uncle you love and respect As imperfect as he may be, he has been family to me for so many years, I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community” "I can no more disown him [Jeremiah Wright] than I can disown my white grandmother." a woman who once confessed her fear of black men after a black man had tried to shake her down for money. She gave him some, but he kept demanding more. "If the bus hadn't come, I think he might have hit me over the head," Obama says she told him. Rev Wright was right! Obama speech is ONLY for political purposes after the severe drop in polls!

Obama is now declaring himself shocked and disappointed at Wright's unrepentantly racist and anti-American views? Obamas obviously support his feelings of anti-America and white hatred that the church endorses to stay for 20 years and raise young daughters in that atmosphere Obama can no longer plausibly claim innocence in this matter, because he is the one who has encouraged Wright by trying to excuse and explain his views. All of this is why it is no use for Obama to backpedal from his association with Reverend Wright, or to denounce him now, six weeks too late. It was Obama who sought to provide the Reverend Wright with immunity from criticism--and he can't complain when the reverend tries to take full advantage of that immunity. This is the final collapse of the noble promise of the Obama campaign. The man who had once put himself forward as the candidate who would transcend racial politics once and for all has ended up legitimizing a Christian equivalent of Louis Farrakhan--and injecting him into the American political debate.

mike volpe said...

Fascinating, and yet totally irrelevant. I don't know if you cut and paste this diatrobe everywhere you go, but it has nothing to do with the piece I wrote. I am glad and happy that you dislike Obama as much as you do. I don't really care, at least, not as far as this piece is concerned.

This is a piece about Mary Mitchell who I believe spews racist hate nearly everytime her words are published by her newspaper. That is what is important relative to this piece.

An eye opener said...

Radical Farrakhan-nists and Fee-Palestine bigots:

Do Brown, Black matter...if they're Israelis?


Since color has become a language somehow, and anti Israel bigots distort, then let's remind, most Israelis are "brown," in terms of stats. You have also many Ethiopian Jews.

No wonder the propagandists will never show democratic multiracial Israel in day to day lives.

Or elaborate on anti-black racism in the Goliath Arab world. Though all non Arabs have been through racism in that world.


But of course Israeli security concerns are just that. Unrelated to any "color" or "race." Actually, speaking of racism, yes, Arab Muslim attackers target only Jews. Talk about real racism.


True, hijacking of term 'it's racism," is as old as Palestine propaganda emerged by holocaust denier Issa Nakhleh who began in June-17-1949 the "like the Nazis and worse than nazis" line (and by Nov-14-1972 said all 6,000,000 were alive and Hitler "didn't" kill, and represented 'Muslim Congress' at Holocaust deniers convention in 1981), then picked up in 1960 by Nazi Tacuara saluter Ahmad Shukairy who by Oct-17-1961 added that garbage-touch apartheid slur too and questioned Catholic Uruguayan rep. Enrique Fabregat's loyalty, stating because he's (supposedly) a Jew. And both, of course were Hitler's ally ex-mufti Islamic leader al-Husseini avid fans. With Shukairy his aide.

Speaking of ex Mufti's admirers... Sufi Abdul Hamid, infamous 'Black Hitler' in NY who called to drive out Italians and Jews in the 1929-30, was also his admirer.


One might begin to argue there is such a thing as "pro Palestine", (only) when Farrakhan linked Ilhan Omar / Linda Sarsour / Rashida Tlaib will have a routine of decrying Arab Muslim suffering when it's not in context of Israel (who has been facing existential threat ever since) but suffering when by Arab Muslim entities. One would then hear about a real en-masse massacre. Such as hundreds of thousands in Syria, current example. And if they begin to do anything along the line, then no lip service please. But with that same "passion" as in fake "sympathy" played at the 'other' case.

The absentee reason is clear. Self explanatory. Because pro Palestine is a cover for anti Israel and often anti ALL Jews.

A note re L Farrakhan, that guy with his "blue eyes are the devil," when he uttered his "termites" venom, his genocidal hint was clear under the veil. For more about Dehumanization in radical Islamic Arab or even mainstream racist "Palestinian" education and sermons, search for "apes and pigs, Palestinians". Or see PalWatch and MEMRI.