I'm always wary when people tell me to consider the context of inflammatory remarks when they are trying to defend someone. I got lots of those comments yesterday after my blog on Rush Limbaugh's opinions about why relief money shouldn't be sent to Haiti, and how I didn't understand the context, and Rush wasn't really a racist.
Oh, I understand the context, all right. This is the guy who referred to our president as the "magic Negro," who questioned black quarterback Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles as a "media creation" and had to resign from ESPN as a result, who recently referred to "Negroes" serving drinks to Senator Edward Kennedy, and who said about Haiti "You can't even pick up a prostitute down there without genuine fear of AIDS."
He's also the guy the NFL decided was too racist to hold team ownership in the NFL. Now there are his latest comments on how we should not help Haiti. Hilariously, he once notes he was there on a cruise ship -- as if this gives him some insight.
If it quacks like a duck, folks, chances are that it is.
On Martin Luther King Day on Monday, let's do ourselves a favor and turn the spigot for this bigot off.