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MSNBC ratchets up the racism with ‘Blinded by the White’ graphic

MSNBC-Martin BashirA member of NBC’s family of networks demonstrated it can be every bit as juvenile as actor Jim Carrey.

Jonathan Capehart, filling in for MSNBC host Martin Bashir, invited on his show Friday two of the network’s other hosts,Krystal Ball and Toure. The panel discussed the Republican Party’s missteps involving minorities. During the program, a large graphic was displayed of an albino elephant accompanied by the words, “Blinded by the White.”

“It would be much easier to discuss the RNC’s positive steps with people of color because the missteps would take us the entire hour,” Toure said. “Throw in a little racism, right? Then throw in a little homophobia by our fruit loving doctor, Ben Carson.”

The homophobia remark referred to the fact that Carson doesn’t believe in gay marriage. Mimicking the GOP, Toure later said of Carson, “He’s our new black friend,” so therefore, “I’m not racist.”

Ball described the GOP as “so white, top to bottom, but when they do put out Marco Rubio or Susana Martinez, it does feel like tokenism, because frankly, in a way, it is.”

Ball must have been asleep throughout Michael Steele’s tenure as the Republican Party’s top leader. Besides the two Republican stars she mentioned, the GOP has Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Ted Cruz of Texas, among many others. Joseph Hayne Rainey was America’s first black congressman, taking office in 1870. He was a Republican.

But the truly outlandish thing was the white elephant in the room. Throughout the program, the childish graphic remained in the background. And just to make sure the viewer got the message, on those shots when the graphic was out of view, it was displayed in a narrow graphic at the bottom.

Breitbart’s John Nolte told his Twitter followers:
@ NolteNC
“Racist @ MSNBC in full DESTROY BEN CARSON mode.”

BuzzFeed reporter Andrew Kaczynski tweeted:
“@ BuzzFeedAbdrew
C’mon MSNBC.” and attached a screen shot of the crawl displayed at the bottom of the screen.

MSNBC crawl

Aaron Gardner retweeted Kaczynski’s message and added a comment of his own:
“@ Aaron_RS
Do they realize how degrading that is to black people? RT @ BuzzFeedAbdrew: C’mon MSNBC”

Read more tweets collected by the Twitchy team, and watch the MSNBC panel discussion below.

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