Right-wing host Laura Ingraham continues to be as anti-immigrant as anyone in the country. Fairly recently, Laura Ingraham has recorded promos on behalf of the anti-immigrant group F.A.I.R.- a group registered as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. In addition, Ingraham has stated that we shouldn’t pass immigration reform because immigrants will make the United States a “hellhole.” Ingraham knows no bounds when it comes to racism. In fact, I would argue that Laura Ingraham is the most racist person on television or radio- at least corporate owned and sponsored.
As Media Matters have documented, today on her radio show, Laura Ingraham stated, “California is where “most newly amnestied people initially settled after the ’86 amnesty” and that “it has the largest percentage of Latino voters in the United States and Latino residents, new immigrants, also Asian residents.” She added: “I say we keep going down this road of immigration, quote, reform and we can all look forward to having a poverty rate as high as — at least under this alternative measure, which looks like a better measure of poverty.”
As usual, however, Laura Ingraham is completely wrong on the facts. In fact, as Media Matters notes, experts believe that the rise in the alternative poverty rate is due the rising cost of housing. For more data on this, visit the following link.
Recently on her radio/podcast/webcast- nobody knows what the hell her show is anymore- Laura Ingraham was criticizing Leonardo Dicaprio for his role in Django Unchained. Ingraham’s main criticism wasn’t just how evil the character was, but how Leonardo Dicaprio’s character, a southern plantation owner, was portrayed. According to Ingraham, southern plantation owners are stereotyped and given a bad name. They are not as bad as Hollywood makes them out to be. Ingraham opined that Dicaprio’s character didn’t have any “nuance.”
So, just to recap, one of the main problems that Laura Ingraham had with Django Unchained, was how the murderous plantation owner was portrayed. “Typical Tarantino” wasn’t fair to the slave owners.
It is unbelievable to me that such blatant racism exists, but then again, this is Laura Ingraham, one of the most racist people on television and radio. This type of racism is shared by people like “The Southern Avenger”, a moniker of a man who worked for Senator Rand Paul, and many other right-wing Americans. It needs to be exposed and marginalized. People like Laura Ingraham are entitled to express sympathy for plantation owners, they are entitled to whitewash the history of slavery- hell, some tea party members at recent gatherings have spoken about how good the slaves had it- but they should not be on corporate sponsored television or radio. They should be relegated to the white nationalist forums like a certain Heritage Foundation policy director.
I will admit I am a few days late- Reaganomics has us all working too much-but Salon Writer Joan Walsh wrote a great article responding to Ingraham’s silencing Representative John Lewis with a gunshot. Before we post the link to the article, I want to highlight some of Walsh’s points, which I think are important.
Walsh goes on to note, “Today’s conservative leaders are the political descendants of the forces who fought the civil rights movement as a radical, most likely Communist plot.” This is an important point that gets missed by the corporate media, who seek to legitimize Ingraham. Ingraham has mentioned that her parents were hardcore conservatives that supported Barry Goldwater. Hardcore conservatives in those days represented the John Birch Society, the very people distributing literature intended to discredit King. As noted by Gary Younge in the latest edition of the Nation, most Americans were against King at the time of the march in Washington, so without a doubt, you can throw Ingraham’s family right into the mix. So when Joan Walsh says that Laura Ingraham is a political descendant of those who fought against the civil rights movement, she is 100% correct. Laura Ingraham learned her hatred from a very early age. In fact, if you look at some of the forces that are sponsoring Ingraham, you can trace the money back to the Koch brothers. Fred Koch, the father of David and Charles Koch, started the John Birch Society in 1951.
Walsh goes on further, “All of the white-grievance mongers are getting angrier, and their brew of pro-gun paranoia and white racial resentment is toxic. Ingraham should be ashamed of herself, but she’s just another rodeo clown, and she has no shame.”
This is exactly what motives Ingraham. She gets paid to stoke the fears of her white audience. If this were 60 years ago, she would be one of the students screaming racial epithets at Autherine Lucy, the first black student to attend Alabama University. As Joan pointed out, Ingraham is entitled to be racist. However, there comes a fine line between free speech and inciting violence. Ingraham’s actions on her show should be condemned by all parties if we are to move forward.
Here is the link to Joan’s article