Rush Limbaugh Says that Obama is Not Really a Black Man

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action 

It appears that the “great” Rush Limbaugh doesn’t believe that Barack Obama is black.  On his show, Limbaugh responded to Obama’s suggestion during a meeting that some of the animus being shown toward him was driven by race (which we all know plays a huge role in the unprecedented attacks he’s been facing from his political opponents).  On his radio show, Limbaugh had this to say:

"Let me ask you a question. How many people really think of Obama as black? …One of Obama’s parents is black. Undeniable. But he was raised by a white mother, by white grandparents. He went to a highly exclusive private school in Hawaii with rich, white students and white teachers. He went to exclusive colleges that were practically lily-white. Barry Obama is from a very white, albeit radically left, cultural background. He’s not from the hood. He’s not from the movement…I’m telling you, there is a chip on this guy’s shoulder, and it is a factor in every policy decision that he makes."

What’s interesting is that Rush Limbaugh’s statement is a powerful reminder of the kind of racism he embodies with his typical rhetoric.  Somehow, Limbaugh was made to believe that being black means that you are “from the hood” or “from the movement.”  The truth is that being black can also mean that you were born middle/upper class, attended elite universities, or are a sociopolitical conservative.  By confining blackness to mean that a person must have had a specific background or be confined to a particular economic or social class, Limbaugh comes off as the standard sort of racist who remains hell-bent on disrespecting our humanity.

The bottom line for Limbaugh is that there is no one way to be black.  What is also true is that anyone with two eyeballs fully understands that many of the attacks on President Obama are most certainly being driven by race.  Even I have personally expressed my disappointment in Obama’s style of governance, but what’s happening now is that Obama is being “Michael Vicked.”  In other words, those on the right wing are taking what might normally be considered to be standard disagreements and making them into rallying cries for impeachment.  They’ve taken a patriotic American and defined him to be an enemy of the state and one of the most atrocious human beings known to man.  It’s one thing to disagree with President Obama and another thing to disrespect both he and the presidency through the utilization of lynch mob –style attacks on the White House.  Ultimately, America’s commitment to both greed and racism may come to destroy our nation.  I pray that day never comes, but with men like Rush Limbaugh making a living off of our nation’s pending demise, it’s hard to remain hopeful.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce Watkins commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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  13. Jeannette Doakes

    rush is bored. Pick a subject that make any race upset, like a dog in heat ,he’s on it. Lets try not giving him a platform, maybe he’ll drive himself crazy.

  14. bill brazier

    What a piece of racist garbage Mr Limburgh is.Why do you Americans allow such trash to have a profile

  15. kennethbrown98@hotmail.com

    Dear Folks,

    The real question is why the NAACP or some other organization has not motioned the court to have Rush committed to a psychological ward. This is done to family members when they are unable to function, so why not Rush?

    And the only reason Rush is so popular is that so many poor whites are without hope and he is their only voice.

    He is the saddest commentary on the human condition there is.

  16. Shahid Raki

    Rush Limbaugh and anybody else who is not a black man or woman can no longer define who and what we are anymore. We can simply ignore him and any others who try to explain or identify who and what we are, where we came from and what we are about doing. He has no clue and has gotten to the point that he thinks that anything he says about anyone or anything will be taken as fact and nothing else can be said to the contrary. Rush Limbaugh just needs to sit down and be quiet.

  17. Jim Hall

    As usual, Rush is “full of shit!”! As any white person will tell you, just one drop of Black blood makes you a Negro/Colored/Nigger/et.al!

    I do know that Rush is an obese drug addict who is a racist of the first order who trouble keeping a woman because he can’t “get it up” without ED drugs. Could be that he is simply jealous and deeply resentful of Black mens’ legendary sexual prowess and power!

    Best advice for Rush is the old saying: “If you can’t cut the mustard, then lick the jar!”.

    Forget about Rush and all his loser ditto heads!

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