The Daily Caller’s alphabetical tour de force showing that absolutely everything is racist is about 70 percent complete and, today, it rolls inexorably onward.
Here are 11 things beginning with the letter “S” that someone, somewhere has deemed racist.
Scrutinizing President Barack Obama is racist, according to MSNBC talking head Chris Matthews, because, Matthews claims, the president’s political opponents “assume evil on the part of Obama.” In the 2013 segment recorded for posterity by MRC TV, Matthews then says, “I mean he’s raised Isla. … His whole life has been crystal clear and clean as a whistle” including “excellent education” and “the pro bono work he’s done.” “He’s never done anything wrong in his life — legally, ethically, whatever.” “I just gotta believe it’s ethnic with these people,” Matthews concludes, after a multitude of frenetic body motions.
MSNBC also called media coverage of selfies racist and sexist while trying to explain away the selfie President Obama took during a December 2013 memorial service for Nelson Mandela. The famous cell phone photo included Obama along with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Helle Thorning Schmidt, Denmark’s prime minister. Photos of the utterly vain incident also show Michelle Obama, off to the side, looking particularly displeased. MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon said media coverage of the selfie moment was a “confluence of racist and sexist stereotypes,” according to Mediaite. Carmon said the whole thing made Obama look “oversexed.” She was also very irate that anyone would publish an image of the first lady looking unhappy. Doing so, Carmon suggested, perpetuates an “angry black woman” stereotype.
In May, Native American leaders in the state of North Dakota called on the University of North Dakota to take swift, harsh disciplinary action against a handful of students who wore vaguely insensitive T-shirts during during a spring party at a public park near campus. The shirts read Siouxper drunk and depicted “the Fighting Sioux,” which was once the official mascot of UND sports teams but has been officially banned since 2012. School spokesman Peter Johnson described the shirts as clearly “offensive and racist,” and promised that the university would do a better job of educating students about “sensitivity issues” in the future. (RELATED: Should UND Expel Students For Wearing Shirts That Offended Sioux Tribe?)
In March 2014, the AFL–CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States, suggested that sick days are racist because Hispanics — and people who earn less than $20,000 each year — are less likely than other workers to get paid for days off due to illness. “It’s also notable that only 24% of food preparation and service workers have access to paid sick days, despite the fact that most health departments recommend that these workers not go to work sick.” The union organization does not name the companies that force workers to come to work sick because such companies don’t seem to exist. Instead, the AFL–CIO is referring to “paid sick days,” which would allow employees to get paid when they don’t show up for work.
Also in March 2014, Jesse Jackson announced that he would head a delegation to the annual shareholders meeting of Hewlett-Packard to draw attention to the low percentage of black and Hispanic workers in the technology industry. Jackson called Silicon Valley racist because only about seven percent of the tech workers in the region as well as the nation are Hispanic or black, according to Al Jazeera America. “Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, but sadly, patterns of exclusion remains the order of the day,” Jackson wrote in a missive to Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Facebook and other tech giants.
In January 2014, officials at the University of Minnesota announced that they were negotiating with a group of black student organizations after the organizations sent a letter to the flagship state university’s president complaining that crime alerts should not provide the color of the alleged perpetrator’s skin. The letter explained that stating a crime suspect’s skin color is racist, according to CBS Minnesota, because “in addition to causing Black men to feel unsafe and distrusted, racial profiling is proven to inflict negative psychological effects on its victims.” “The repeated black, black, black suspect,” said Ian Taylor Jr., president of the Black Men’s Forum, during a public discussion about the issue. “And what that does, it really discomforts the mental and physical comfort for students on campus because they feel like suspicions begin to increase.” (RELATED: Minnesota Radicals Demand Mandatory Transgender Classes Because Of Colonialism OR ELSE)