What Would Martin Luther King Think of Chris Matthews?

Like many people in our country, I was born after the African-American Civil Rights Movement. I wasn’t around to witness the shameful legalities of racial discrimination, and the bold acts of civil disobedience led by brave heroes to end that discrimination. No, I learned of the historical plight where many of us did: From school, film footage, and the words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

King’s dream of a colorblind society has made him one of the most important figures in all of American history. He died for that dream, but thanks to his bravery, leadership, and moral messages of freedom and equality, his dream now flourishes in this country.

On the few occasions when I’m asked which people inspire me the most, Martin Luther King, Jr. is always right at the top of that list. In my view, King’s most powerful message was that he wanted his children to grow up in a country where they “will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” It’s such an amazingly profound statement to me, and he phrased it so simply and earnestly that its meaning was unmistakeable.

That’s why I find it absolutely astonishing that, after nearly fifty years of amazing racial strides in this country, many proclaimed admirers of King seem to have absolutely no clue what the man gave his life for. They not only fail to understand it, but manage to unwittingly marginalize and even pervert King’s dream under the premise of defending it.

From a media standpoint, the most vocal offender has to be MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. While there’s no shortage of knee-jerk race-baiters in the left-wing media, Matthews is in a class all by himself. He has actually managed to pollute the sincere meaningfulness of the actual civil rights movement, by conducting a hair-on-fire, satirical civil rights movement of his own.

The Chris Matthews Civil Rights Movement isn’t about freedom, racial equality, or advancing society. It’s about taking viewpoints that he disagrees with, reflexively crumpling them up into something unrecognizable, then unraveling them through a nonsensical methodology to expose the inevitable conclusion of racism.

He’s been skipping down this tasteless and obnoxious path for some time now, but while broadcasting from the Republican National Convention this week, he demonstrated just how truly demented he has become.

Monday night, he interviewed former presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich. Matthews took the opportunity to accuse both Gingrich and Mitt Romney of using “racial code words” (a favorite phrase of his over the past year) by bringing attention to the large number of Americans that are on welfare and food stamps. According to Matthews, if you point out that an unhealthy, unsustainable number of people are reliant on these programs, you’re a racist. Why? Well, Matthews’ rationale is that when the public thinks about welfare and food stamps, they also think of black people. So if those programs are mentioned aloud, the public (presumably white people) will be inclined to believe that black people are a drag on our society. Matthews has been insisting that Republicans realize this, and that’s why they keep bringing up the topic.

Newt Gingrich found the obvious irony in Matthews’ logic: It’s Chris Matthews (not the Republicans) who is making the connection between welfare, food stamps, and the black community. The Republicans have merely stated the numbers without any mention of ethnicity. Of course, that observation was adamantly rejected by the Chris Matthews Civil Rights Movement.

That same day, an unhinged Matthews scolded RNC chairman, Reince Priebus, for the Republican party’s criticism of the president’s recent changes to welfare eligibility requirements. “You are playing that little ethnic card there!” Matthews chided, forcing even his liberal colleagues seated at the same table to squirm uncomfortably in their chairs . “It’s a race card!”

When Priebus stated that Obama is using a European approach in managing our economy, Matthews screamed, “You’re doing it again!… You’re saying he’s influenced by foreign influences! You’re playing that card again!” Matthews’ assertion was that if you believe the president is taking our economy in the direction of European economies, you’re a racist. I would love to be able to explain his thinking on that one, but I started to form a headache when I tried… so I stopped. Sadly, that statement wasn’t even the most outrageous one that Matthews made during the discussion…

He complained that Mitt Romney had a cushy life growing up, in comparison to the president. Matthews screamed that President Obama has “an African name, and he’s had to live with that!” Aside from the obvious racial condescension of that statement (again, not recognized by the Chris Matthews Civil Rights Movement), I found it humorous that Matthews was trying to evoke sympathy for the president’s name from a guy named “Reince Priebus”.

On Wednesday night, Matthews decried the Republicans for repeatedly mentioning that Barack Obama comes from Chicago. The nerve! How could they do such a thing?! As we all know, the president IS from Chicago. It’s the city where he has lived much of his adult life (and still has a house there), it’s the city he served public offices in, and it’s the city where his presidential campaign is based. According to Matthews, because there’s a significant black population in Chicago, mentioning Chicago in accordance with Obama is another “racial code word.” Yes, in the Chris Matthews Civil Rights Movement, saying the name of President Obama’s hometown is considered hate speech.

Later Wednesday, after Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan delivered his well-received speech to the RNC crowd, Matthews came forward with some unique, on-the-spot analysis. After hearing Ryan’s line about our rights coming from “nature and God”, he pondered what type of audience that comment was tailored for. His determination was that it was designed to resonate with people who received their rights prior to 1965. In other words, white people. The Chris Matthews Civil Rights Movement has apparently decided that either “nature”, “God”, or a combination of the two are also racial code words.

Now, maybe I should cut Matthews a little slack on that last one. It was pretty late at night when he made those comments. He may have just been a bit tired after a long day of identifying other, various forms of racism (I’ve heard that can be exhausting). Maybe a night’s sleep did him some good. When Chuck Todd interviewed him Thursday morning, it was a perfect opportunity to find out if that was the case. To his credit, Matthews’ didn’t repeat his 1965 reference. Nope, he instead took us back further in time and suggested that the Republican party wanted to take the country back to the days of slavery. Yes, slavery. Thanks for clearing that up, Chris! You’re a class act!

At least when Al Sharpton does stuff like this, the motivation is clear. He’s just trying to market his career.

But with Matthews, I think it’s more complicated than that. Sure, he’s a committed liberal with a crippling case of white guilt, who is astonishingly desperate to earn acceptance from the hardest-left elements of the Democratic party. But there’s something else, and I think it goes to his professional career. I think he has felt so tormented and bitter over the thumping he’s taken from conservative critics over his embarrassing fawning of Barack Obama, that he somewhere along the line blew a gasket.

Four years ago, Chris Matthews sacrificed any journalistic integrity he may have still had to serve as a shameless media-cheerleader from Barack Obama. No one has let him forget it. To this day, he’s still often antagonized by hecklers and guests on his show for confessing that he felt a “thrill” up is leg when listening to Obama speak. With his audience dwindling, his media colleagues regularly laughing at him, and his very relevance steadily slipping from his grasp, he’s made a life-decision to re-establish himself as a man of great importance – a crusader, if you will. And for a dedicated, bleeding-heart liberal like Matthews, there is no more noble crusade than that of exposing racism.

Thus, he appears to have made it his life mission to strike back at conservatives in the most lethal way he knows how: Exposing them as racists. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous he sounds in the process. It doesn’t matter how illogical his arguments are. It doesn’t even matter that his entire supposition (that wink-and-nod racism is somehow a political winner in a country that has soundly rejected racism) makes absolutely no sense. He has gone all in with the Chris Matthews Civil Rights Movement. The result is an angry man with a microphone who sounds more unhinged with each passing day.

Matthews’ often references Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his commentary. It’s clear he admires King. One has to wonder, though, what King would have thought of Chris Matthews. I have little doubt that he’d be absolutely ashamed of him, because Matthews’ plight pretty much goes against everything that King that stood for.

The Chris Matthews Civil Rights Movement isn’t about advancing an oppressed people. It’s about presuming racism in order to slander people that Matthews doesn’t like. The Chris Matthews Civil Rights Movement isn’t about judging people by the content of their character. It’s about condescendingly assuming that judgement of our African-American president’s job performance is not about his character, but about the color of his skin. The Chris Matthews Civil Rights Movement isn’t about striving for a colorblind society. It’s about identifying and differentiating people by their race.

While King risked everything to defeat racism, Matthews uses presumed racism to advance his own sanctimony. While King’s message transcends politics, Matthews’ message is nothing but pure politics.

Most importantly… Every time Matthews condemns imagined racism, he marginalizes actual racism. Genuine elements of racism absolutely still exist in this country, but those elements are largely ignored because official and unofficial followers of The Chris Matthews Civil Rights Movement have turned racism into a satire. They’ve turned what should be a serious charge – one worthy of attention – into a reflexive insult that is taken with a grain of salt. He’s not carrying on Martin Luther King’s dream. He’s trashing it.

Chris Matthews is earning himself a legacy alright, but not the one he wants. He’s securing his proper spot as the national media’s most abhorrent buffoon.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration (Computer Information Systems), and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. He is the author of the Sean Coleman Thriller series, which is available through all major retailers. John lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • Makinslow

    whats the name of the film/movie chris matthews wrote?

  • Joel Wischkaemper

    Chris Matthews does not describe anyone I know or have seen.  Who, then, is supporting his ‘public life’?  I have come to the conclusion the answer is the American People do not support Chris Matthews and that only the MSNBC Television administration supports him, and do that based on very offensive and bigoted opinions of the American People.  I also suspect the Sharpton’s of this world go along with the guy because they think he is helping (somehow) but that they too look at the guy and wonder what world he came from.  Really.. Sharpton is not going to look at Matthews and say.. “Dude.. you are crazy!”  

    Excellent article.. thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Koffer/1020263329 Dave Koffer

    MLK would absolutely loathe and despise the hideous, lunatic, LYING, HYPOCRITICAL,  ultraleft-wing propagandist, matthews, period!!

  • James King

    John, to begin with for you and all the rest of the people who want to appear to be up to date, I’m a King too, and I believe that MLK would agree with Doug Wilder who recently said in a Fox interview, I think on Cavuto, the following as close as I can get to verbatim. “I’m not an African-American. I’m an American!” Such a simple statement.

    Chris Matthews is even more guilty than you portray him. He does have white guilt because he comes from a place that does not recognize the original concept of INDIVIDUAL rights. He is for collective rights. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were for individual rights. Who would you most readily trust?

    If these people are true to form they will never blame Obama. And if he is re-elected and our name is officially changed to The United Socialist/Communist States of America and much of our small businesses close shop, Matthews will blame it on racism and the GOP. He will declare that Obama really didn’t want it to happen and if he had just been listened to it would not have happened. Everyone who hears him knows he is a phony, including those who say they agree with him because they are phony’s too.

  • bonaparte3

    White liberal guilt can never be assuaged.

    • Joel Wischkaemper

      I agree.. liberal guilt is a requirement for some people.

  • Artlouis

    Matthews isn’t the only one who has gone off the rails. There are a lot of hysterical commentators out there because they  sense that Obama will lose and they can’t deal with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.micheaux Charles Micheaux

    This article is pure trash…I’m amazed that someone pays this writer to write something so silly and totally absurd. I mean really, if there was an award for B.S. the writer of this POS
    is the hands down favorite. Eye will be sure not to read anything this  nonsensical scribbler
    has to say. What rubbish?

    • John Daly

      And you think I’M writing nonsensical stuff?

    • wally

      So you agree with C. Matthews and there are many like you. That is OK. It is called free speech. However, there are tons of people and that includes some liberals that disagree. As for me, I think that C. Matthews is related to J. McCarthy of years ago. McCarthy found there was a communist in every person that he had a beef with and helped to convince others of his demented beliefs. Is C. Matthews demented? If he continues on this quest to find everyone a racist, I think he is.

      • Tsav672000

         I have to disagree with what you say about McCarthy. Read up on what Ann Coulter has written about him. With the release of the Venona papers he has been vindicated that there was widespread communism spread throughout the state department.

    • CCNV

      “Eye will be sure not to read…” “What rubbish?” Definitely a product of No Child Left Behind.

  • Chuck_Borealis

    I’d like to see CM explain that thinking to Condoleezza Rice, Col. Alan West, Herman Cain, Mia Love, Ted Cruz, Susana Martinez, Nikki Haley, Luis Fortuño, and Marco Rubio while they are all in the same room with him.

    • Patrick

      Didn’t you hear? They’re conservatives! And according to the leftist playbook, minorities who hold conservative views do not count as minorities. They’re just plain old conservatives at best and traitors to their race, gender, ethncity, sexual orientation, or whatever.

      • Patrick


  • Bruce A.

    Poor Chris Matthews.  No ratings, no hope, no self control.  No wonder he is becoming unhinged.

    • Deny916

      Oh I so agree with you on this one.  Does anybody really take that clown seriously? 

      • Bruce A.

        Some must.  But anyone who takes this guy seriously is not taken seriously themselves.

  • Jeffreydan

      In deference to the CMCRM, the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere and Queen Latifah will be called “Marty” from this point forward.