However, if any conservative pundit had said what Mr. Ratigan said, you can be certain the long knives would be out.
As Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough watched in stunned silence, Mr. Ratigan derogatorily referred to President Obama as a “little boy.” Compounding his foot-in-mouth disease, Mr. Ratigan then said that President Obama “bends over” for 80 year old Wall Street billionaires. The best part of the entire exchange was Mr. Ratigan’s failure to realize the offensive nature of his words.
Is ‘Puter the only one to remember the not-so-long-ago days when teenaged whites would refer to grown black men as “boy” in order to keep them in their places? Apparently, Mr. Ratigan has no such recollection. And as for the bending over comment, ‘Puter leaves the psychoanalysis to Mr. Ratigan’s therapist.
To be clear, ‘Puter does not think Mr. Ratigan is racist. Crazy, maybe. But not racist. Yet this outburst serves as a reminder of the racism double standard: if you’re liberal, you can’t be racist; if you’re conservative, you’re presumed racist.