Rush’s Not-So-Subtle Racism

Ken AshfordDisasters, Race, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Here’s the big fat one, on his radio show, talking about the recent floods:

Limbaugh: I want to know. I look at Iowa, I look at Illinois—I want to see the murders. I want to see the looting. I want to see all the stuff that happened in New Orleans. I see devastation in Iowa and Illinois that dwarfs what happened in New Orleans. I see people working together. I see people trying to save their property…I don’t see a bunch of people running around waving guns at helicopters, I don’t see a bunch of people running shooting cops. I don’t see a bunch of people raping people on the street. I don’t see a bunch of people doing everything they can…whining and moaning—where’s FEMA, where’s BUSH. I see the heartland of America. When I look at Iowa and when I look at Illinois, I see the backbone of America.

Well, I don’t know where Rush got his info about Katrina and New Orleans.  I mean, how do you go about "raping people on the street" when the street is submerged under 6 feet of water?

Of course, Rush ignnores the fact that the Katrina disaster was a disaster on an unheard-of scale.  I say that not to belittle what has been going on in the Midwest, but the two are hardly comparable.  The death toll in the Midwest stands at 24;   The immediate death toll from Katrina was roughly 1,800 (the exact number isn’t known, and the toll continues to rise from long-term deaths).

But Rush makes the comparison anyway.


But we all know what Rush is saying.  It was the black people in New Orleans who were doing all the raping and pillaging and "whining", as they watched their friends, family, and neighbors drown.  But the good ol’ white people of middle America?  They’re not doing that.  And why?  Because they are the backbone of America.

Of course, the people in middle America aren’t complaining about the lack of FEMA, because (unlike Katrina), FEMA is there.

It’s sad when disasters expose the worst side of our nation’s inherent racism.  Remember this from the Katrina coverage?


Yes, the young (black) man "loots" soda from a local grocery store, while the upscale (white) residents "find" soda within a local grocery store.  Got that?

Rush would probably look at the second photo and proclaim the two people to be self-motivated can-doers who embody the spirit of America, even in the face of terrible tragedy.  And he would probably look at the first photo and proclaim the black guy is a common street thug, taking advantage of tragedy to rip of whitie.

Can’t believe that guy still has a radio show…..