Thursday, February 16, 2012

Republican Racism Example #19: Calling A Black Member Of Congress A Crackhead

Eric Bolling of Fox News loves imitating black dialect and has told a veteran black member of Congress to "step away from the crack pipe."  (Photo from The Huffington Post at

Since Glenn Beck departed Fox News, Eric Bolling has taken the reins as the networks delusional bigot-in-chief.  A typical Bolling moment happened in June 2011 when he reported that Obama was meeting in the White House with an African leader. As the Huffington Post reported:

"On his show 'Follow The Money,' Bolling criticized Obama's visit with Ali Bongo, the president of Gabon, by saying, 'Guess who's coming to dinner? A dictator. Mr. Obama shares a laugh with one of Africa's kleptocrats. It's not the first time he's had a hoodlum in the hizzouse.'

As he said 'hizzouse,' a picture of rapper Common appeared on the screen. Common's appearance at a White House poetry event drew loud complaints from conservatives."

How many racially derogatory comments are in those two paragraphs?  Bolling makes a condescending reference to a Sidney Portier, calls a respected rap artist a "hoodlum" and then tries clumsily to speak in rap dialect.  All he failed to do was put on blackface.

Bolling later made the standard non-apology apology. "On Friday, we did a story about the president meeting with the president of Gabon," Bolling said. "We got a little fast and loose with the language, and we know it's been interpreted as being disrespectful, and for that, I'm sorry. We did go a bit too far." (For more, see

Bolling put on the white sheets again this during a Fox and Friends appearance this week.  House Rep. Maxine Waters may have stepped over the line when she referred to John Boehner and Eric Cantor as "demons," but Bolling showed once again that there's no road too low for him to cruise down.  He compared the longtime Congresswoman Maxine Waters to the singer Whitney Houston, who recently died after a long struggle with substance abuse.

Fox News host Eric Bolling is racist even by the Klan-like standards of Fox News.  He recently told veteran House Rep. Maxine Waters to "step away from the crack pipe." (Waters photo from

"Congresswoman, you saw what happened to Whitney Houston," Bolling said. "Step away from the crack pipe, step away from the Xanax, step away from the Lorazepam because it’s going to get you in trouble.”

That's right, Eric.  All black people are drug fiends.  And perhaps Mr. Bolling gets his Oxycontin from  Rush Limbaugh.  

Michael Phillips has authored the following:

White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, Texas, 1841-2001 (Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2006)

(with Patrick L. Cox) The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010)

“Why Is Big Tex Still a White Cowboy? Race, Gender, and the ‘Other Texans’” in Walter Buenger and Arnoldo de León, eds., Beyond Texas Through Time: Breaking Away From Past Interpretations (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2011)

“The Current is Stronger’: Images of Racial Oppression and Resistance in North Texas Black Art During the 1920s and 1930s ”  in Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz, eds., The Harlem Renaissance in the West: The New Negroes’ Western Experience (New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2011)

“Dallas, 1989-2011,” in Richardson Dilworth, ed. Cities in American Political History (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2011)

(With John Anthony Moretta, Keith J. Volonto, Austin Allen, Doug Cantrell and Norwood Andrews), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips. eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume I.   (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Keith J. Volanto), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips, eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume II. (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Carl J. Luna), Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama  (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2013). 

“Texan by Color: The Racialization of the Lone Star State,” in David Cullen and Kyle Wilkison, eds., The Radical Origins of the Texas Right (College Station: University of Texas Press, 2013).

He is currently collaborating, with longtime journalist Betsy Friauf, on a history of African American culture, politics and black intellectuals in the Lone Star State called God Carved in Night: Black Intellectuals in Texas and the World They Made.

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