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What Rush Limbaugh doesn't know about black people could fill the empty cavern that is his brain. Many times over.

Top of the list would have to be his habit of placing all black people into one monolithic pile, as though we act and think as one. (Oh geez, I missed the last meeting of the black people of the world, Charlotte chapter. What will I do?)

Limbaugh's latest little item concerned a Super Bowl ad. In our house, the Super Bowl was mere background noise, so at first I didn't get it. The Pepsi ad Limbaugh referred to on his radio show – and which I watched later -- depicted a wife nagging her husband over things not good for him until they bond on a park bench over a tasty can of Pepsi with zero calories. Husband is distracted by jogger, wife throws can at husband, who ducks. Can smacks jogger upside head. Couple flees.

Oh, the man and wife are black. Jogger is white. In case the significance of those details elude you, here is what it means, according to Rush:

"One of the biggest pet peeves black women have, in recent decades, is black men marrying or pairing up with white women. It just bugs them, particularly if they happen to be blonde. I mean, that's lighting the fuse. There's already a bomb there but, if the white woman happens to be blonde, that just . . . They're taken off the market. Another black guy gone from the marketplace of available men. So the Pepsi ad has a white woman getting decked by a can of Pepsi thrown by a black woman. Home run if you understand the demographics here. So that was an ad that scored big with one of Pepsi's demographics."

I'm not sure what demographic he's referring to. The guy is a hen-pecked idiot, the wife a shrew and the jogger ends up on the ground and in pain, so no one comes out a winner. The only people who relate would be masochists or people who like really broad and stupid humor.

Where I saw silly, Limbaugh observed something much more profound. Well, maybe profound isn't the right word. (Does he really think all black women are filled with self-doubt and all white, blond women have that much power?) He gave much more thought to it than any TV ad deserves. He had already criticized U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) for denouncing the ad as "demeaning" African-American women -- overkill, I agree, for a statement on the House floor -- but then he couldn't help doubling-back for his rather twisted take. In Rush-world, a racial comment is a terrible thing to waste.

It's as though Rush Limbaugh is obsessed with black people in the abstract, as two-dimensional punching bags but not as human beings. I wonder if he actually knows any actual flesh-and-blood black people, living lives full enough not to worry about soda ads. Walk up to a group of three, Rush, and you might find they have three different opinions about a whole host of issues. Really.

Instead, he'd rather pontificate, our own Dr. Limbaugh (with a Ph.D. in Negro-tology?).

Sure, some people -- women and men of every race -- like or dislike, prefer or shun other individuals based on a lot of different reasons. But how do you go from there to stereotyping entire races of people?

Oddly enough, when I read about Limbaugh's latest rant, I was talking with a friend, a massage therapist, who had just finished 90 minutes of extremely relaxing bodywork. Oh, and she is a woman who happens to be blond and married to a man who happens to be black. We had a good laugh about it and I thought that -- according to Rush's rules -- she would be the last person I would ask to help me relieve the week's tension.

Then again, I am a woman who happens to be black and married to a man who happens to be white.

I always thought of it as individuals who end up with people with whom they share a lot.

But in Rush's world (and no one else's), I guess it would be considered getting even.

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maqita

The fact is there are more white women than their are black women, the country is highly poulated with white women. This does not make it easier for any american male black or white in the socio-emotional interactions; it now common place for the races to mingle at every level in society. As such, outside of the black community it becomes very easy for a black man to run into a white woman socially-and at that emotional level as well----------And there goes...boom. Hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, color blindness is very much widespread and alive in America now, today and there is no turning back. Just marry who you want.

February 22 2011 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mslillyr

Rush, give it up. Are most of the rascist people that you associate with under this same misguided impression? Most black women could not care less about whether or not a black man dates a white woman. I can see being pissed off is your man leaves you for a white woman. You are pissed off if your man leaves for a black, asian, hispanic woman or man. We date white men and and asians and hispanics. There is no difference when the lights are off unless you touch head hair.

February 22 2011 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wilkesgm

It doesn't matter who says it, black women don't like black men going after blondes. As for Rush having a stereotype of blacks, his producer and call screener is black and he's worked with him for 20 years. He's a conservative African American male. i.e. 180 degrees opposite the 94% who voted for Obama. Finally, I promise she didn't get this quote from listening to his show. His humor and sarcasm would put this in context, where it is impossible to hear the laughter from reading a transcript. This woman is a media huckster and a poor journalist.

February 11 2011 at 11:05 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
lizflady

so are you much better? you have done nothing but "name call" throughout your rant. YOU can have an opinion of how you interpret the commercial and only YOUR way is how it should appear to others, if anyone sees the commercial differently then you then they are stupid and empty headed etc etc etc. I'm not defending Rush Limbaugh, I'm mearly pointing out how your rediculos rant sounds.

February 11 2011 at 11:00 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Anthony

Please try listening to Rush and then revise your article.

February 11 2011 at 9:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
habley5641

If the writer had cared to get the whole picture she would have found that Rush's comments were not as much about the ad as to the (black) Congreswomen from California making a speach on the floor of the House griping about it. His comentary was more about "don't they have better things to do" than the black/white issue that seems to consume so many of our minority brothers and sisters.

February 11 2011 at 8:41 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Dawn

The only time I thought it was a "real" thing was in a movie about black women and they complained about it. I don't care either way. Who cares. Rush is not racist for noticing the percentage of black people who vote in the same bloc. He supported Allen West he is black, He supported Clarence Thomas he supported J.C. Watts who is also black. This is a dumb subject. It's not a racial thing it's an ideological thing. It's not the color of someone's skin but the content of someone's character. We get it. He get's it. Why keep up such a shallow point about a stupid commercial.

February 11 2011 at 8:17 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Michael Keohane

Sujprise, Mary Curtis! If you were either a regular or sometime listener to the Limbaugh program instead of relying on second-hand information, you would know that Rush has many Afro-American friends and acquaintences. His screener for years has been "Snerdley" an Arfo-American. Frankly, I thought the ad was funny and not making a racial statement. However, that is a personal opinion and other people may have seen the ad differently.

February 11 2011 at 8:12 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Pam

FYI, Rush's call screener is a black man.

February 11 2011 at 8:10 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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kbright677

so?

February 12 2011 at 12:37 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
srccontractors

Rush is usually right. That is, if you tend to think conservative thoughts.
The lady claims that black people are not monolithic. That claim doesn't square with the 95% of their vote that they sent to Obama. Oh well. I thought that the woman in the ad was just another mean and possibly insane person. Insanity comes in all colors.

February 11 2011 at 8:09 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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Amala's Magic

We, the 95%, voted for the most qualified.

February 12 2011 at 9:33 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
wns1963

Mary Curtis:
Did you listen to the show, or are just reporting out of context by what one of your Liberal go-fers told you? Here are some hard facts:
#1- We STILL have Freedom of Speech in this country. You Libs don't like Conservatives having it, but you sure enjoy it, right?
#2- The joke centered on blondes, as well as the stupidity of the Super Bowl ads, all of which are geared to a moronic 6-year old.
#3- The ONLY person making his joke into a political issue is YOU.

February 11 2011 at 8:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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