June 19, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
LONG PAST TIME TO CANCEL "CANCEL CULTURE"
In the latest dispatches from our modern-day reenactment of “The Crucible,” a truck driver was fired after someone took a photo of him allegedly flashing a “white supremacist” finger gesture as he drove past a BLM protest. The petty details that his employer didn’t care about in the rush to placate the mob: he’s Mexican-American, he’s from a mixed-race family, he never even heard of that finger gesture, and he was just cracking his knuckles.
Speaking of “racist hand gestures,” University of Florida president Kent Fuchs announced that the Florida Gators will no longer use the famous “Gator Bait” chant, accompanied by the alligator chomping hand gesture, that they direct at opposing teams. Fuchs ordered the Gator Band and anyone associated with the university’s athletic association to stop doing the chant.
Fuchs said, “While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase.” He did not detail what this alleged racist imagery is, but I imagine it would come as news to the folks in the accompanying photo who are shown doing it, and who certainly don’t look like white supremacists. Personally, I would suggest that UF alumni get together and put the Gator chomp on their university president.
Benji Backer, the founder of the American Conservation Coalition and a longtime opponent of racism, was canceled from speaking at an environmental conference after he was branded as a “racist” over a tweet that connected China with the COVID-19 coronavirus (I’m sorry, to be accurate: the COVID-19 Chinese coronavirus.)
And a woman was fired by a government contractor because two young Washington Post writers got upset after learning that she’d worn blackface to a Halloween party by one of the paper’s cartoonists in 2018. She’s a liberal who dressed as Megyn Kelly in blackface in an ill-conceived attempt to satirize Kelly for saying that when she was a kid, wearing blackface makeup on Halloween used to be okay if you were playing a character.
To show how desperate people are to find things to be offended by, writer/blogger Jesse Singal described WaPo’s dredging up of this old non-story to ruin the woman’s life this way: “A 3,000-word, two-byline investigation informing you that a woman you have never heard of, who is not a public figure (until now!), wore an offensive Halloween costume two years ago at a WaPo cartoonist's party.” How I envy them, having no real news to write about that day.
At the risk of being accused of being a racist for quoting Monty Python, who once wore blackface in sketches, “I wasn’t expecting the Spanish Inquisition” in 2020, but here we are.
So what are we going to do about this madness? Step one would be to stop running, turn around, and say “no!” Every head that the radical cancel culture can claim only emboldens them to attack more and more. Dare to say, “This ends now!” and refuse to play their game. Commentary magazine has an excellent piece on this, with a series of steps we should all embrace if we want to stop the madness, end the mob’s reign of terror and bring back rationality and free speech.
I would add one more: Laugh at them. That’s why they hate comedians so much and want to silence them. Laughter is their Kryptonite.
BACKLASH TO THE BACKLASH
I’ve been waiting for the backlash to the backlash of removing venerable black characters from consumer products, and it may be starting already. Quaker Oats announced that they would do away with the picture of Aunt Jemima on pancake boxes, followed quickly by the announcement that Uncle Ben’s face would be removed from rice packages, and Cream of Wheat is considering removing the black chef from its boxes. Activists claim all those characters are offensive symbols of racism.
But hold on: did you know that all those characters were based on real people? Chicago chef Frank L. White was the model for Cream of Wheat, and Uncle Ben was Frank Brown, the maître d’ at an exclusive Chicago restaurant. Aunt Jemima was originally Nancy Green, a former slave who embodied the character for 30 years until her death in 1923. She was followed by Anna Short Harrington, whose family is furious that Quaker Oats claims to be “fighting racism” by erasing their family history and the iconic place in history of their great-grandmother, a black female.
Unfortunately, I doubt that complaints about throwing out the good with the bad will cut any ice with those who are intent on tearing down all of America’s history. They see no good in anything in America’s history anyway, from the Founders to our pancake mix boxes, and if fomenting hatred and destruction of our own shared culture is to be accomplished, then erasing the pioneering contributions of black people from less enlightened eras is most likely acceptable collateral damage to them. But it sounds pretty racist to me.
All the racial tension is starting to make tempers flare, even in the House of Representatives. Yesterday, fireworks erupted when Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond of the Congressional Black Caucus said he knows some Republicans have black grandchildren, and if one of them is killed in the streets, “clearly I'm more concerned about him than you are." That infuriated Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, who has an adopted son from Cuba. The two got into a heated exchange, with Gaetz demanding, “Who in the hell do you think you are?" to say he’s more concerned about Gaetz’s son than he is, just because he’s not white.
Check out video of the tense moment at the link, along with later comments from Gaetz and his 19-year-olld son, Nestor, who said, "I think it's unfair to tell someone that they don't understand because of their racial color," and that it’s hypocritical to claim to fight for equality while dividing by race.
Maybe we should lower the minimum age for Congress members to 19 since Nestor seems a lot more mature and definitely wiser than some people who are currently there.
Facebook has once again waded into politics and sparked calls for axing big tech platforms’ legal immunity from lawsuits as “neutral platforms,” after it removed two Trump reelection ads for allegedly violating their ban on “hate speech.” The ads featured a red, upside-down triangle with a black border, which Facebook claims is a Nazi symbol. But the White House fired back that the triangle is there because they’re ads opposing Antifa, which uses that symbol. They also pointed out that Facebook itself includes an inverted red triangle among its Messenger emojis.
TWITTER also waded again into interfering with political speech by slapping a “Manipulated Media” warning label on a video President Trump retweeted. The video was a satire of CNN and fake news, and apparently, they think that people with the IQ of a turnip would mistake it for an actual CNN video. If this keeps up, comedy clubs will have to hire someone to stand on stage and admonish the audience after every joke that what the comedian just said isn’t 100% accurate.
By the way, ignore the “warning label” and watch the video. It’s wonderful: funny, heartwarming and a perfect illustration of how the news is being distorted to reinforce phony, divisive narratives about Americans being racist and filled with hatred and suspicion of each other.
Personally, I’m waiting for Twitter to slap a permanent “Manipulated media” warning label on CNN’s actual home page.
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