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August 30th, 2011, 10:36 AM
Was Bachmann‘s ’Who Likes White People’ Clip Edited to Make Her Look Racist?
On Monday afternoon, Wonkette‘s Ken Layne published a heavily-edited video and used it to unfairly convince readers that GOP presidential contender Michele Bachmann is a racist.
More specifically, Layne used the doctored clip to claim that Bachmann had asked a Christian music festival audience on August 5 in West Des Moines, Iowa, the following: “Who likes white people?”
This curious — and racially-charged question — is an odd one for a presidential contendor to ask, especially considering the political ramifications of doing so. Would a candidate actually take such an idiotic risk? It’s not likely, which leads one to the obvious (and now substantiated) conclusion: The video, which was originally posted by Wonkette (and credited to “Wonkette Operative ‘Smashaduck’”), was edited to remove the context of Bachmann’s remarks.
In initially explaining the video, Layne wrote:
Who likes white people? Uhh, everybody except for black people and brown people and yellow people, we guess? Also, many actual white people don’t much like white people, having read a history book or two. But Michele Bachmann is here to praise Jesus and His Own Special People, even though he was an Arab.
These words are interesting, considering the fact that Bachmann’s question had nothing to do with race and everything to do with Christian music. Here’s what she actually said: “Who likes wet people?” What the Wonkette video doesn’t show is that Bachmann followed up her question with the following:
“That’s right, because we’ve got the God of the winds and the rains, don’t we? We serve a mighty God.”
“Wet” in this instance is the name of a Christian music band (remember, this was a concert). Curiously, upon some negative coverage exposing the fraudulent editing, the video that was placed on Wonkette’s site is now set to “private,” and cannot be viewed.
But, luckily Mediaite captured the clip (see below). The first segment shows the edited version (where it seems like Bachmann is saying “white people”); the second shows the full context of her words:
One comment she has never explained came during a debate she had while running for Congress the first time in November 2005. Prompted by a question on the rioting in France and Europe at the time, Bachmann said "not all cultures are equal, not all values are equal," letting it be known that she thought that people of the Muslim faith had an inferior culture to that of the United States and the West.
She held forth on the European unrest, referring to a generation of unassimilated Muslim French youth addicted to cable television, led in her imagination by al Jazeera to wreak havoc. Yet it was Bachmann who seemed entranced by cable news. Her knowledge of what was actually happening in France seems to have come entirely from a FOX news-style script. In fact, the unrest was no jihad, had nothing to do with religious faith or Muslim culture or al Jazeeera. It was more akin to the riots in the U.S. for expanded civil rights in the 1960s or those that followed from the Rodney King police beating in Los Angeles in 1991. The European riots came after two suburban youth were killed in a police chase. The unrest centered on decades of discrimination that had manifested itself, for example, in school acceptances and hiring practices and police force racial profiling.
Is there really any doubt the Tea Party is a movement of bigots?
All hail our Dark Mother, Destroyer of Illusions, may she liberate us from false consciousness and feast on the blood of demonic capitalism.
August 30th, 2011, 11:41 AM
Originally Posted by some other dude
"not all cultures are equal, not all values are equal"
I agree with this statement
What is concerning is not so much the statement itself but the context it was said in. It shows Bachmann's inability to grasp the material causes of conflicts. Some Muslim youth in France were not rioting because they have a 'barbaric culture' but because of the oppression they experience in French society.
Bachmann would undoubtedly lend this backward thinking to other conflicts around the world. And the mentality it shows is the same "civilizing mission" idea that was behind colonialism. It says that we are in Afghanistan to bring "democracy" and women's rights because the people of that country have an inferior culture. Of course the material causes of the war is the drive for war created a vast military-industrial complex, and the imperialistic push to secure oil resources to make US economic interests dominant across the globe.
It sounds like Bachmann misquoted a wise woman I saw on the news:
"All people deserve a chance to survive, not all cultures deserve a chance to survive."
Thus we can extend a hand to the individual without supporting the culture created by an oppressive theocracy.
The woman who said that was a brave Arab author. Anyone know her name?
Has she been shot or stoned yet? By her wonderful culture?
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August 31st, 2011, 10:55 AM
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