By now everyone in the country has hear about SC Republican Representative Joe Wilson’s shout out of “You Lie” to President Obama during his address to a joint session of Congress. Some applaud his outburst while some condemn it. Rep. Wilson almost immediately apologized to the President and the apology was accepted. End of story, right?

Congressional leaders have decided Rep. Wilson’s direct apology to Obama isn’t good enough and are demanding he apologize to Congress as well for his uncivilized behavior. Meanwhile the Left is digging in the dumpsters to see what dirt or improprieties they can find on Rep Wilson. That much I think we all expected.

What I didn’t expect was the charge of racism leveled at Rep Wilson Friday by black newspaper editors and publishers.

“As African-American newspaper publishers we stand in solidarity with the NAACP and fully support the economic boycott of South Carolina,” NNPA Chairman Danny J. Bakewell Sr. said. “Rep. Wilson’s remarks were racist, disrespectful, and a disingenuous violation — not only of President Obama — but to the institution of the presidency and only solidified our position and the importance in not spending black dollars where black people are not respected.

“The continued public and blatant disrespect of President Barack Obama by members of Congress will not be rewarded with our dollars nor will a state that continues to uphold America’s shameful past by flying the Confederate flag,” he added.

Why didn’t I expect the drawing of the race card? I didn’t expect it because it wasn’t about race! Rep Wilson just blurted out the exact same comment so many of us were shouting at our television sets at that very moment.

I thought the Obama presidency was the shining example of how racism was a thing of the past. I think many Americans voted for Obama to show the world we were no longer a racist nation. I think we screwed up. The Obama Administration and its cohorts have cried racism almost every single day since the election. I don’t think I’ve heard this many accusations of racism since I was attending middle school during the integration years.

Somebody tell me, what does a man blurting out his innermost belief, based on facts, that another man is lying, racism? What does race have to do with the fact that the administration is going to ram healthcare reform down our throats? Why is it racism to believe we have a corrupt leadership in place that will lie, misinform, and ignore the will of the people?

Somebody tell me. Explain it to me as to a child if necessary, because I just don’t get it and I don’t like it. A differing opinion is not racism. Have we forgotten the meaning of the word?

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