Four white Fox News hosts played dumb about #AllLivesMatter in order to come up with yet another excuse to smear Black Lives Matter activists as racist.
Raw Story explains this latest pretext:
“The University of Houston’s Student Government vice president, Rohini Sethi, was hit with sanctions last week after she posted a message on Facebook that read: ‘Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like #AllLivesMatter’
‘For her to say on her social media ‘forget black lives matter,’ it’s almost as if to say if all of us were to die tomorrow, she wouldn’t care,’ University of Houston Black Student Union President Kadidja Koné explained to The Washington Post on Monday.”
The co-hosts of Fox’s Outnumbered didn’t spend a moment considering whether the Black Student Union president had a legitimate beef. Instead, in typical Fox fashion, they got right to attacking him. Co-host Elizabeth MacDonald said:
“Who is this guy? He should be tossed out of his job.”
Co-host Kennedy likened the student government to North Korea.
Before long, the gang segued to suggesting that only a black racist would object to #AllLivesMatter.
Co-host Meghan McCain started the racial finger-pointing:
“I still don’t understand why saying ‘All Lives Matter’ is controversial. I don’t understand why you can’t have empathy and understanding for the Black Lives Matter movement and also think that all lives everywhere — including, by the way, in the womb — also matter. Like, it’s really hard for me to understand how this is controversial.”
Kennedy piled on:
“It is such a false argument. It’s so offensive because you know, you’re not saying, when you say, ‘all lives matter,’ what you are not intending to say, for most people, is ‘black lives don’t matter.’ But that’s how it’s taken.”
Co-host Sandra Smith chimed in:
“Is there just no open discourse? Can you just not have a conversation on college campus anymore without someone being offended or having to delete a Facebook post where someone shares their opinion?”
If these women really wanted to know why #AllLivesMatter offends, they only needed to check Fox archives. Last year, guest Mark Hannah explained it perfectly to host Megyn Kelly during prime time:
“Megyn, if I was on your show and you said something like, ‘The murderer of Kate Steinle should be brought to justice’ and then I responded, ‘Well, every murderer should be brought to justice’ – nobody disagrees with that but it would be miserably insensitive for me to say that in that context. It’s deflecting.”
Just a few weeks ago, African American protesters politely discussed their viewpoints as Sean Hannity also tried to use the right-wing trope to smear them as racist.
But if that was too much trouble for these Foxies, they could have done a simple Google search. That would have revealed what’s offensive in less time than it took to whine about not understanding.
In short, it’s clear they didn’t want to understand. After all, understanding the black perspective might have gotten in the way of accusing African Americans of being racist
Watch the deliberate ignorance below, from the August 1 Outnumbered show, via YouTube.
Featured image via YouTube screengrab