Morning Edition - June 19

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MORNING EDITION

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.

FIREWORKS

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.

"MANIPULATED MEDIA"

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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  • David Nielsen

    06/20/2020 04:15 PM

    I am getting sick and tired of hearing how white people are racists just because they're white. These same people who are accusing us have no problem murdering 30,000,000 black babies in their mother's womb.

  • Rosemary Scott

    06/20/2020 11:11 AM

    I tried to watch the video of the CNN satire. Guess what? Twitter took it down!

  • William Fuhrer

    06/19/2020 06:49 PM

    Media and should focus on DUE PROCESS and not rush to judgement. Dan Bongino brought up the fact that the one Black person did not take a shooting stance...what about DROP THE WEAPON....and that police withe stun guns never go for the head. When a bear is stopped with a tranqilizer isn't that better method and optics

  • John Hume

    06/19/2020 06:09 PM

    I would like to suggest that you have Jo Jorgensen, Ph.D on your tv program. She is the Libertarian candidate for President.

  • Janet Pingston

    06/19/2020 06:04 PM

    some thoughts;
    whatever make up is used to produce black face - should be banned from all shopping shelves. and all people that have lost their jobs (and such) because several years ago black face was used at Halloween should be allowed to lawsuit the make up companies for producing the make up in the first place

    if the generals are upset with trump exit strategy for the middle east war. how come no one is talking about how these same generals have not won the war in nineteen years. great generals ?

    is seems to me that judge Sullivan asked glesson to write a rebuttal for the government when Flynn has clearly won his case. and glesson wording has been made public. somehow glesson wording sounds a lot like supreme justice Roberts wording, are we sure Roberts did the writing ? are we sure Roberts doesn't have a book deal in the waiting ?

    1.there were weapons of mass destruction. in the beginning of the war. our soldiers were not allowed into Syria for two weeks..... the wmd had been moved here for holding
    2. then Syria transferred them to Russia for holding.... Russia and Syria became long term buddies.
    3. Russia held them for a while and then sold them to china. I think was 6 billion dollars. Russia always needs money to keep their type of government afloat.
    4. I would not be surprised if Russia also sold the plutonium we gave them. just because Clinton liked Russia.

  • Paul Kern

    06/19/2020 05:40 PM

    I clicked on the video. Deleted and only.said by.owner

  • Joseph Trokey

    06/19/2020 05:02 PM

    Personally, I am offended at those who are offended by being offended by everything that is too late to be offended by. I also am offended by those who are racist enough to think that just because I am white, it automatically makes me a racist. When I was in the Air Force I was treated worse than I have ever been treated before by folks that weren't the same color as me. To me that was their problem and I just went on my way.

  • Gladys Hizer

    06/19/2020 04:06 PM

    For the first time, I heard someone in the recent news talk about reverse racism. Leo Terrell, a black attorney, on Hannity used those very words," reverse racism." Mr. Terrell is a Democrat and can't remember if he was a liberal but has completely changed positions on many things in recent days or weeks. I am impressed. I worked in inner schools for many years with all ethnic students and was called lots of names that weren't always nice but they were children who heard those names from 'adults' and don't think they even knew what they meant. To me, they didn't hurt me and "sticks and stone," as the saying goes. Maybe even from other adults I deserved some unkind names.!! Free speech.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/19/2020 03:47 PM

    The picture I am viewing about the racism of 250 to 300 years ago is brought to life and any item relating to the era is to be taken down. History is no longer tolerated? The intellect of that is mystifying does our schools offer history class any more if thats the case why is there a Black History Month or the Juneteen celebration or Martin Luther King day President day what's next the Birth of Christ? What's wrong about History do I kneel down at 3pm and worship these statues cause a public scene NO its for people to look at and if their is a caption maybe you could read it I begin to wonder if the people no longer read; some of you imbeciles might learn something. People embrace ignorance why don't you wait for the seniors to die off before you erase History we still embrace intellect. Pelosi is no longer just stupid she is on the dark side not much left of any good human qualities left in that body or mind more of a zombie quality.

  • Rhonda Stewart

    06/19/2020 02:52 PM

    Governor,

    I wonder when church crosses will be considered offensive and are taken down? It’s hard to believe this will happen, but I never dreamed i would see what has happened so far this year.

  • Floyd A Unger

    06/19/2020 02:31 PM

    Well all I can say is......Sheesh!

  • Rob E

    06/19/2020 02:10 PM

    "It is time for You to act, O Lord, for they have regarded Your law as void."
    --Psalm 119:126

  • Lisa Ford

    06/19/2020 01:58 PM

    Why is it for years, companies claimed they cannot do anything political or advertise anything political. That's exactly the opposite of what is going on now. Safeway wants all their customers to read a black page with white letters, before even shopping. They are now on the socialist bandwagon of black lives matter. Sorry every race matters, including white one ones. Why are all these companies making their white customers feel guilty of being born white? I thought their business was groceries, not politics! But heaven forbid, we dare open our mouths. Talk about prejudice!

  • Leopoldo R Gutierrez

    06/19/2020 01:56 PM

    Dear Mike Huckabee:
    I hope you can help me and others with this issue.
    When our President took the office, one of his first actions was to fix the famous DACA issue, I remember, He said to cancel that executive order made by President Obama and asked the Congress to work on a reasonable path to grant access to those young people that were brought into our Country as children; He mention not just the 800,000 estimated but up to 2 million f them, assuming they would meet a set of requirements: Be here for a long period; attended school in the US; learned English; be in school, have a job or a business; not depend on Government aids, have a clean police record, etc.
    I know of a young man that fulfilled all of these requirements and is currently in his third extension to stay in the Country legally. This 24 year old man has quite some accomplishments: finished High School, had a diploma as EMT, has a Realtor license, co-owns a gym and started a little ranch with a few animals and some fruit trees. He never did drugs and never got in trouble with the law. He is a hard worker, good son, good brother, in a loyal relationship with a girl and good friend willing to land a hand when needed. In summary, he is a good model to follow and deserves an opportunity to stay forever along with all of those that are in the same situation.
    Dear Mike, I will appreciate if you bring this letter to the attention of our President, who I know is very compassionate and fair, looking always for justice. I know He has his hands full but this issue may help in His campaign to show more of His big heart.
    Thanks for your consideration.
    Sincerely
    Leopoldo R Gutierrez.

  • Doug Morgan

    06/19/2020 01:43 PM

    Governor, this is a comment more related to your yesterday's report.

    The recent decisions by the SCOTUS have been a blow to President Trump’s base. Trump supporters (myself included) urged our fellow conservative Christians to set aside their reservations and support Mr. Trump if only to prevent Hillary Clinton and the Democrats from appointing their own justices, and keeping an activist judiciary for another generation of left-wingers. The top issues and hopes that Christians had in Trump was to select and nominate conservative justices with morals that would protect life, religious freedom and would not be political activists who legislate from the bench.
    The latest ruling of the SCOTUS overturned the Trump administration’s decision to phase out a program that deferred deportation for some immigrants. “The dispute before the court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA,” Roberts wrote. “All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so.”
    So, Trump did what was legal and within his authority to do but the court says we won’t allow it to happen. Absolutely going against the law and forbidding the POTUS to do what he is constitutionally and legally authorized to do. Thanks to So-Called Justice Roberts, obviously a product of the District of Corruption Swamp, legislation from the bench.
    The next to the latest ruling from SCOTUS makes it illegal to fire a homosexual or transgender because of their chosen gender. “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. It is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.” As of June 15, “homophobia” and “transgenderism” will be considered as morally reprehensible as racism. That is the law of the land. And that law was championed, and the majority decision was written by none other than Justice Neil Gorsuch: Trump appointee and Federalist Society doyen, legislating from the bench and obviously a product of the District of Corruption Swamp.
    Last October, conservative hero Justice Kavanaugh after a four month spectacle of democrat party demonstration of hatred for the man because he was deemed to be conservative, and a demonstration of republicans to confirm him, Brett Kavanaugh, also betrayed conservatives and Christians when he joined his progressive colleagues in refusing to hear the case Andersen v. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. Justice Kavanaugh joined his progressive colleagues in ordering the State of Kansas to ignore evidence that Planned Parenthood was harvesting organs of aborted babies and to resume the flow of Medicaid funds to America’s largest abortion provider. Maybe not legislation from the bench but a refusal to interpret the law resulting in the continuation of infant killing, an obvious product of the District of Corruption Swamp.
    So, what do we have to show for supporting Mr. Trump on the issues of Religious Freedom and conservative SCOTUS nominees? Not nearly as much as expected!! This year I am in total support of President Trump, I believe he has been the “Man for the Time” in America. No other human being could have weathered the storms he has had to do. However, I will not be assuming he will successfully drain the swamp! There are just too many adversaries, some very well hidden and disguised, that are just too corrupt and powerful for him to win that game. AND, it is a GAME effectively played by both the Swamp-Democrats and Swamp-Republicans. However, he may give us four more years of standing between what’s left of America and it’s total destruction by the socialists and haters of America, the swamp rats of both political species.

  • Donna E Pittman

    06/19/2020 01:09 PM

    I will call the UF President's office today to protest his ban on the "Gator Chomp." This is one more way to erase the history of UF . I am a 1958 graduate of UF and I hope the student body at UF takes it upon themselves to protest this action and continue the "Chomp" in spite of some stupid decision of some stupid president who obviously knows nothing of the history of UF.

  • Joan Kugler

    06/19/2020 12:19 PM

    This has almost gotten to the point of being ridiculous! Before long anything "white" will be wrong and the only thing right will be "black". They are not a majority of the population so why do they think they can control all of society and tell us all what to think.