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Macacas, Mongrels, and Media Bias

President Obama was on The View this morning. I didn’t watch. Not out of protest or anything; it just didn’t seem like something that could possibly be of any interest to me. President Obama making an early campaign stop for 2012, Whoopi and Joy drooling all over him, Elizabeth trying to ask tough questions but not being able to do so, and that other chick that always seems to have a blank stare on her face.

Not exactly something I’m going to waste my limited time on. Instead of watching The View, I grocery shopped, did laundry, made beds, bathed children, cooked lunch, tripped over toys, cursed, told the toddler not to curse, and finally got them settled for nap/quiet time.

And then I started scrolling twitter, and I saw a few tweets that said something along the lines of, “Imagine if President Bush had called black people ‘mongrels.’”

Hmmm… who could it be? Joe Biden is always a prime suspect. Possibly Harry “no negro dialect” Reid, or Nancy “foot in mouth” Pelosi.

Turns out is was President Obama, during his View appearance.

When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: “We are sort of a mongrel people.”

“I mean we’re all kinds of mixed up,” Obama said. “That’s actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it.”

The president’s remarks were directed at the roots of all Americans. The definition of mongrel as an adjective is defined as “of mixed breed, nature, or origin,” according to dictionary.com.

Obama did not appear to be making an inflammatory remark with his statement and the audience appeared to receive it in the light-hearted manner that often accompanies interviews on morning talk shows.

I find it offensive to apply the term mongrel to any person. It conjures up images of wild and feral creatures. I have been informed by a conservative black friend that this is not a big deal in the black community. The only thing I can say about that is that we have different definitions of “mongrel.”

The part of this story that really irks me is the double standard. In 2006, Republican Senator George Allen was thrown under the bus and dragged for miles because he referred to someone of Indian decent as “macaca.”

Come on, mongrel has to at least be as bad as macaca.

Can people stop pretending that the media is unbiased now?

P.S. I will happily print a retraction if the main stream media plays the clip over and over and uses it as proof of Barack Obama’s racism, as they did to Republican George Allen.