Limbaugh's "Payback."

Rush Limbaugh, arguing that the Obama administration is prolonging the recession as "payback" against white people:

He said somebody else said, 'This is payback,' meaning, 'All right, look. We don't care if it's the New Black Panthers or whoever it is. Black people in this country have never, ever had a fair shake. This is payback. O.J. Simpson was payback. How does it feel?' That word 'payback' is not mine, [but] it is exactly how I think Obama looks at the country: It's payback time. ... There's no question that payback is what this administration is all about, presiding over the decline of the United States of America, and doing so happily."

Limbaugh defenders would bristle at the notion that this sort of comment implies racism on Limbaugh's part, but let's set aside the term for a moment. Limbaugh's world is filled with angry black people, who despite already having everything handed to them, spend their time looking for "payback" against whites in the form of violence or coerced political hegemony, and the only thing holding them back is the lack of access to resources that would allow them to wreak their vengeance.

If you're one of the millions of people who hang on Limbaugh's every word on a daily basis, the rational response to this dilemma would be to work as hard as one can to marginalize black people from the rest of society. After all, that's what they're doing to you, right? Whether or not Limbaugh's rants are racist, racism is the only rational response to the dilemma he describes.

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