Thursday, January 28, 2010

kind of defending Chris Matthews

After Obama's State of the Union, Chris Matthews said, “I forgot he was black tonight for an hour." Immediately, race-not-class liberals began mocking the old guy for speaking about race in ways that're dated.

Apparently, Matthews was supposed to be watching Obama while thinking, "Black. He's black. He's so black. Damn, but that is one black man. Black, black, blackittyblack. Wait? Did he just say something about gays in the military? He must've meant black gays in the military. 'Cause he is B-L-A-C-K, that's for damn sure."

For an hour, Matthews was seeing a US president, not a black man. Maybe for the first hour in his life, he actually wasn't seeing through racist eyes. If you can't give him credit for that, at least cut him slack.

ETA: Just to be clear, when I heard what Matthews said, I rolled my eyes, too. First Harry Reid uses terminology from the '60s, then Chris Matthews uses the color-blind metaphor that was popular in the '70s. But for all his sins, Chris Matthews should not be fired just because he was praising Obama in an old-fashioned way.