Chris Matthews: Imperial Japanese? TOTALLY not racists, bro.

I know, I know: it’s the talking head. But if you don’t smack it from time to time, the talking head simply gets worse:

Rev. Luis León presided over Easter Sunday services attended by President Obama recently, and has taken fire from the right for suggesting that racial hatred lurks in the hearts of conservatives.

During his radio show, Limbaugh agreed with a caller who suggested that León was merely following the president’s lead in accusing the right of latent racism.

“Actually, Rushbo, racism is the belief that one race – whites — should rule all others,” Matthews confidently declared. “Get your definitions straight.”

…I suppose that it’s a great retroactive comfort for various victims of atrocities to hear that the Bataan Death March was totes not due to racism.  Or the Manila Massacre.  Or the Rape of Nanking.  And Imperial Japan is just the most obvious example; pick a region, and you’ll find people who have enthusiastically gone after whoever the local definition of ‘other races’ is.  This is a less savory part of the nature of mankind: what makes Western society largely unique is that we tend to feel bad about it.

Via… I don’t remember, sorry.  Somebody on Twitter.

Moe Lane

2 thoughts on “Chris Matthews: Imperial Japanese? TOTALLY not racists, bro.”

  1. Feelings of racism and xenophobia are inherent in all human beings. To say that some people are incapable of those feelings is to say they are less than human.

    That’s just plain racist!

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