I just engaged someone on Twitter who didn’t particularly care about my position on Rachel Maddow’s narrative that reference to President Obama as the “entertainer-in-chief”, a quip made by GOP presidential candidate Newton Leroy Gingrich, was racial code. Liberals enjoy inciting black people over non-substantive nonsense under the guise of racial bias and injustice. Dr. Maddow appears to want to be the ring leader of the narrative.
The main reason I didn’t take offense to the remark is simple. Black people have bigger fish to fry, especially those of us who do not equate black with entertainment. Rather than engage in a substantive discussion on the economy, jobs, or the role of government, she and Reverend Al Sharpton tag teamed a representative from a super political action committee that advocates for Dr. Gingrich. The discussion did not create any type of teachable moment, but instead fed into Reverend Sharpton’s passions while leaving the rest of us intellectually high and dry.
This election, given the change in the economy, high unemployment rate, and the continued erosion in home and business equity particularly amongst minorities, does not afford us time to debate over Dr. Gingrich’s admittedly silly statements. The last thing we need is to be egged on by a partisan who puts party and passion ahead of reason.