[Transcript below. Btw, I hate transcribing almost no one
else as much as I hate transcribing Rush fuckin' Limbaugh.]
Amanda at Think Progress has the goods on the alleged racial motivations of the fight to which Limbaugh's referring.
As to his contentions re: white racism, I'll just go ahead and repeat what I said in comments earlier today: If "a racist" is defined as someone who has internalized racism, I'd really love to meet the person born and raised on this planet who isn't a racist. Because I've been bombarded with racist messaging since freaking birth, everywhere I've been in the world, and it would have to be some kind of extraordinary bit of magic if I, a human being designed to be a sponge, had absorbed none of the racism constantly present in my environment.
Without rigorous self-examination, we're all racists (and sexists and homophobes and transphobes and disablists and fat-haters and…) by default, by virtue of our socialization in a culture steeped with negative stereotypes; we internalize those messages so profoundly that even those bigotries that target us get turned in on ourselves. The question is not whether we have biases; we all do. The question is whether we leave them unexamined.
And Rush Limbaugh's an asshole. Fin.
Greetings, my friends. Well, it's Obama's America, is it not? Obama's America—white kids gettin' beat up on, uh, on school buses now. I mean, if you put your kids on a school bus, you expect, you expect safety, but in Obama's America the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering [puts on "black dialect"], "Yay, right on, right on, right on, right on," and, of course, everybody says the white kid deserved it, he was born a racist, he's white. Newsweek magazine told us this. Uh, we know that white students are destroying civility on buses, white students destroying civility in classrooms all over America, white congressmen destroying civility in the House of Representatives.
And we can redistribute students, uh, while we redistri— uh, redistribute their parents' wealth. I mean, we could just redistri— uh, redistribute everything. Uh, just return the white students to their rightful place—their own bus, with bars on the windows and armed guards. They're racists! They get what they deserve! Newsweek magazine told us this. Post-racial America.
I mean, I wonder if Obama is going to come to the defense of the assailants the way he did his friend Skip Gates up there at Harvard. I mean, the assailants are presumed innocent due to the white racism we all know runs rampant in America. I mean, the drive-by media is, uh, is ginning up all this criticism of Obama again today—it's all based in racism, the criticism of Obama's healthcare plan or whatever, it's all based in racism!
And so, uh, uh, you know, if he's gonna apologize for America, Obama needs to apologize for the right reasons. White Americans are racists who have created what they call free markets that really just enslave the rest of America and, uh, and her trading partners. I mean, it was white Americans that ran off Van Jones, um, ahh— Well, look, let's just follow Eric Holder's advice and not be cowards about all this; let's have an open conversation, honest conversation, about all of our typical white grandmothers, you had one, I had one, uh, Obama had one, uh, they're racists, just like our students are.