When excessive or reckless use robs an epithet of its meaning, it loses its impact too.
Once upon a time in the world of cable news, a guest or host or anchor calling anyone a racist would have considerable impact.
From what we’ve seenÂ this week,Â when it comes to that word, those days are long gone. A person simply can’t turn on the news or scrollÂ Twitterfor even more than a minute before hearing the word “racist” or “racism.”â€¨â€¨For example,Â CNN and MSNBC said the word “racist”Â more than 1,100 timesÂ from Sunday to Tuesday,Â according to a tally conducted by Grabien Media, an online media production and news prep service.Â â€¨â€¨The count, which doesn’t include on-screen graphics commonly known as chyrons, came two days afterÂ President TrumpÂ inÂ a Sunday tweetÂ said four Democratic congresswomenÂ should “go back” to their home countries.
The president, and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill,Â have underscored thatÂ hisÂ argument is simply an ideological one based on the four congresswomen, dubbed “the squad.” WhatÂ he argues is their collective embrace of pro-socialism and therefore anti-American, anti-Israeli anti-Semitic polices.Â
Some critics in the media and on the Democratic side, along with a handful of Republicans, argue the opposite: The president’s comments about the squad are naked racism. He’s a fascist. He’s mentally unstable. He’s a 21st-century Hitler. In this insane climate, this kind of rhetoricÂ is all perfectly acceptable â€” and has existed since Trump announced his candidacy.
Hm. This writer must be a younger fella, not around long enough to remember how, say, Reagan was savaged in the not-so-distant past. Perhaps the tone has become more shrill, the hysteria and desperation more attenuated, as the Left’s grip on power has loosened a bit, the relative moderates swamped by the lunatic fringe. But the dishonesty, lust for power, and visceral hatred are all old news. Which brings us to this:
U.S.â€”Many on the left are extremely concerned with the racist behavior of President Trump, especially with recent remarks telling non-white citizens to â€œgo backâ€ where they came from, and are trying to raise the alarm bells about how harmful that behavior is. The problem is, no one seems to be paying them any attention, despite the fact that theyâ€™re very experienced in warning people about racism, since theyâ€™ve done it about absolutely everything for decades straight.
â€œI donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going on,â€ said left-wing activist Ryan Weber. â€œEvery day for years and years weâ€™ve been yelling about racist things, from words to symbols to holidays to breakfast cereals to every single Republican ever, and we just assumed everyone was carefully taking notes every time we spoke up, but it seems like no one was paying attention at all.â€
Gee, imagine that. Might wanna ask the boy who cried wolf about it, Progtards.