One man’s “racial malice” is the same man’s foot in his mouth. Racial malice was the phrase Kellan Howell of the Washington Time imputed to an analysis by W. Kamau Bell of the now-infamous Paul Ryan quote on the lamentable state of the American inner city. Bell, who was on a guest on “Real Time” with Bill Maher last Friday, reacted to Ryan’s obvious racist intent by asserting:
You can’t blame the people living in the inner cities, blacks and Latinos, for not having jobs where there are no jobs in the inner cities. You can’t blame them when the schools suck, the hospital sucks, there’s no grocery store, all of their fathers are in jail.
Having primed his mostly liberal panel, Maher did something unprecedented … for Maher. He read them another quote “by Ryan”:
When it comes to getting an education, too many of our young people just can’t be bothered. They’re sitting on couches for hours playing video games, watching TV instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader — they’re fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper.
Unfortunately, Maher — possibly not wanting to embarrass his guests — didn’t give them time to respond before revealing that the words weren’t Ryan’s. They belonged to Michelle Obama.
The first lady is not the only Obama to give utterance to racist descriptions of the underclass. Here is her hubby less than a month ago:
We know young black men are twice as likely as young white men to be ‘disconnected’ — not in school, not working. We’ve got to reconnect them. We’ve got to give more of these young men access to mentors. We’ve got to continue to encourage responsible fatherhood. We’ve got to provide more pathways to apply to college or find a job. We can keep them from falling through the cracks.