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February 01, 2011


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Maurice Rose

August 9, 2010 - “It’s like the damn Planet of the Apes. Nothing Makes Sense,” said Fox News Glenn Beck in a recent rant against President Obama and the America he has created. It was one of the angriest and most thinly veiled racist rants in recent history but simply a continuation of his general theme.

You might remember the original Planet of the Apes. It came out in 1968 and was based on the French novel "La planète des Singes" by Pierre Boulle. It was written as a science-fictionalized account on one possible outcome if Black Nationalism did succeed in the U.S. In the film, Charlton Heston, a White astronaut, crashes his aircraft on a primitive yet futuristic society where apes run the World and Humans are intellectually inferior and enslaved species. In the Planet of the Apes, Humans cannot even speak. In ape society, there is a very specific class system, gorillas as police, military, and hunters; the orangutans as administrators, politicians and lawyers; and the chimpanzees as intellectuals and scientists.

The subtext of the Planet of the Apes, whether novel or film, has never been questioned. It's not just science fiction but social commentary and Glenn Beck knew exactly the coded comparison he was making. At this point, I really don’t know why Beck even bothers coding it anymore. Why doesn't he just come out and say it. "I don’t like this N-word running the country, and you shouldn’t like it either, because he’s a dirty N-world and all us hard-working white folks know that N-words can’t be trusted." Not even David Duke got away with the crap that Fox News gets away with on a daily basis, but it seems our appetite for racism is endless. What makes it worse is that the mainstream media outlets won’t really take Fox News to task for its racism. Rachel Maddow did it recently on MSNBC, but it hasn't changed a thing at Fox News. Why? Because they don't care. They know a good chunk of their viewers are racist, and they also know Minorities generally don't watch the network, and they couldn't care less if they offend us. But what about decent white America? How is this really palatable to them? How does this network remain the most popular among all cable outlets, when they preach racism and hatred on a daily basis and do nothing but draw these archaic tribal lines in the sand. Fox News created the Tea-Parties (remember them?) during the health care debate. It validated this movement, hyped it up to no end and has actually tried to replace the Republican party with the far, far-right base -- which is where the tea party folks hail from. Here’s the former tea party leader, who recently resigned because of his overt racism, months prior showing us what he’s made of.

Fox News has a long history of using racism to stoke resentment among Whites. But the strategy is pretty thin. They’ve got a few moves and simply reiterate them daily.

Blacks are Racist:
Another Fox strategy is to cherry-pick stories to methodically create a narrative that Black People are racist. This further fuels “they are coming to get you” narrative, but it also provides cover for White racism. It’s like don’t feel bad if you don’t like Black People because they don’t like you either. And in the end, it is going to come down to you or them.

Using Blacks on the Attack:
If you ever see a Black person interviewed on Fox News, they are either being attacked or being used to attack another Black person. Now, this little trick the “news agency” is damn near pathological about. A few other racist themes Fox News uses: Blacks are violent, Blacks are cry babies, Blacks are lazy and don’t want to work.

It’s the same tactic that Fox News Founder and President Roger Ailes used as a political consultant. Ailes, of course, invented the Willie Horton narrative that gave George Bush Sr. the win over Michael Dukakis back in the 1980s. Now as the Head of a major News Network, the guy seems even more dangerous. He uses his podium daily to stoke racism and resentment. Every stereotype we grew up with, every stereotype you thought you had overcome with your own achievements, this news agency deliberately and methodically tries to revive.

- Fifty-nine per cent of Canadian-Quebecers admit to being racist to some degree, according to a Léger Marketing survey published Monday(January 15, 2007)in Le Journal de Montréal. In comparison, only 47 per cent of those outside Quebec say they are racist to some degree. Among Quebecers, most (43 per cent) said they were only mildly racist, while 15 per cent said they were moderately racist and only one per cent responded that they were very racist. The findings stunned Jean Dorion of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste. "I do not perceive the Quebec society as being racist," he told Le Journal de Montréal. The findings come from three surveys in late December and early January. The first two surveys were conducted over the internet, with 2,228 Quebecers taking part, while the third survey interviewed 3,092 people across Canada. The survey looked at Quebecers' views of a variety of cultural groups. It found 36 per cent of Quebecers have a bad opinion of Jewish people, while 27 per cent have a poor opinion of Blacks. Fifty per cent have a bad opinion of Muslims. Jean-Marc Léger, president of Leger Marketing, said Quebecers are influenced by the images of Muslims seen after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
"The Arab Community carries the weight of September 11th. and religious extremists," Léger told Le Journal de Montréal. "People were thinking of them when they answered the survey." Bashir Hussein, who represents Quebec in the Council of Muslim Communities of Canada, said people are also shaped by the media coverage of violence in the Middle East. "Whatever people read in the newspapers, they form their opinion from," he told CBC News.
Survey methods questioned Jack Jedwab, a Montrealer who has done extensive statistical and demographic work, questions how the survey was structured, especially the sections asking Quebecers if they consider themselves racist. Quebecers were asked if they consider themselves very racist, moderately racist, slightly racist or not racist at all. Jedwab said in three out of four answers, respondents end up labelling themselves racist. If Jedwab were writing the question, he would have made the ratio two questions out of four, asking people if they are very racist, somewhat racist, not racist or not at all racist. Jedwab, executive director of the Montreal-based Association of Canadian Studies, said it's dangerous to have a survey that shows such a high level of racism. "It will lead people to say, 'Let's face it, everyone's racist,'" he told CBC News Online. "They'll think it's to be expected. That will minimize the resolve to combat this problem of racism that needs to be addressed." The Quebec portion of the survey is considered to have a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The one done outside Quebec had a margin of error of 1.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The problem is that while the word Québécois may have replaced French-Canadian in common usage among French-Canadienne Quebecers, not all French-Canadians are Québécois-and not all Quebecers are Francophones.

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