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Time to dissect. Here are Limbaugh’s claims

Black unemployment is terrible

True. Black unemployment has always been higher than that of whites and in a deep recession, we suffer even more. With rates currently at above 15 percent “officially” it’s a sad state. I also want to take a moment to mention the Congressional Black Caucus “uprising” against Obama that’s been reported on. The main story has been about how CBC members are upset that President Obama isn’t doing more specifically for black businesses, but the real story, as analysis by sepia over at WeeSeeYou shows, may be more about CBC support for a very specific black business. My main point is, Limbaugh is right. Black unemployment is terrible. He gets the “No Duh” Award. So on this point, I can’t say he’s a shameless lying sack of poo.

The black frame of mind is terrible. They’re depressed. They’re down.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s office

Whether African Americans differ from whites in the rate of mental illness cannot be answered simply. For African Americans living in the community, overall rates of mental illness appear to be similar to those of non-Hispanic whites.

The SG site goes on to mention that for specific illnesses, blacks suffer more or less than non-hispanic whites and that many cases of mental illness are brought on by the adverse living conditions of African Americans including increased rates of homelessness, incarceration and exposure to violence. But to say that our state of mind is terrible and that we’re depressed and down is false. In this case, Limbaugh is full of pooh.

Obama’s not doing anything for em. How is that hoax and change working for you? They’re all livid. I mean, they thought they were gonna be in exact 180-degree economic reversal, and it’s done nothing but get bad for everybody. They’re especially upset about it because they look at him [Obama] as one of them, and now they feel abandoned.

Bullshit. I’m black. I’m not livid. See how I just destroyed Limbaugh’s logic? I’ll go a step further. According to the latest Gallup poll cited by Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts (Dec 6)

It turns out that among nonwhite voters (meaning in this case, African-Americans and Hispanics), Obama’s approval rating remains stratospheric. A staggering 91 percent of blacks and a healthy 70 percent of Hispanics approve of the job he’s doing.

Hmm. 91 percent of Blacks approve. So basically, that is the opposite of Limbaugh’s claim. It’s more accurate to say “they’re all strong supporters.” And finally from the overweight drug addict’s OxyContin-coated lips:

And I’m sure Tiger Woods’s choice of females not helpin em out with their attitudes there either.

Yes, some black people notice a pattern of successful black men being with white women, and have done so with Tiger. However, JJP contributor Jonathan Pitts-Wiley writes on his blog: And?

So let’s review Rush Limbaugh’s case:

  1. Black unemployment is very high [true]
  2. The black “frame of mind” is terrible, and we are very depressed [false]
  3. Black people are so depressed [false] because they’re disappointed with Obama [false]
  4. To top it all off, Black people are upset that Tiger Woods (who doesn’t consider himself black) only sleeps with white women [partially true], and this insult adds to the injury of the joblessness, depression and anger brought on by Black people’s disappointment with President Obama. [QED]

This fool is the de-facto leader of the Republican party.

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