Rush Limbaugh slams Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Toni Morrison, calling her a Socialist and mocking her comments that former president Bill Clinton was the first black president, Wednes on his syndicated radio show. It’s actually a little funny that she made those comments years ago, only to accept such an award from the first black president. Here are Rush Limbaugh’s words:
Here’s what Toni Morrison said: “White skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President. Blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime. After all, Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas.”
That woman who said that, who wrote that, got the Presidential Medal of Freedom yesterday. And she’s not even right. She said blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetimes. Sorry, Obama came along and rendered her wrong. Not going there, Snerdley. You can say it all you want. I’m not going there. Snerdley wants me to zero in on the blacker than any actual black person, and he thinks the jury is still out on this. No, no, no. All I know is that all Bill Clinton had to do to qualify as the first black president is to display almost every trope of blackness. Here is a civil rights leader and this is what being black is to her. Single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy. And you throw in from Arkansas. And she wins the Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with Dolores Huerta. Source
The so-called love affair many blacks had with former president Bill Clinton ended during the 2008 presidential campaign when many perceived his “fairy-tale” remark about the Obama campaign as a denigration of then presidential-candidate Barack Obama. Toni Morrison’s comment that Bill Clinton was the face of the black experience in this country wasn’t completely wrong, particularly of those then and today who are growing up in a single-parent household and many born poor. There is nothing socialistic or racist about that. Call Bill Clinton what ever you want, he knew what it was like to grow up poor. Lost on Rush Limbaugh is the fact that Toni Morrison has enriched many lives with her books and in her classes.