For Release: January 28, 2010
Contact: David Almasi at (202) 507-6398 x11 or (703) 568-4727 or [email protected]
Project 21 Responds to Yet Another Racial Comment from Chris Matthews
Washington, DC - Bob Parks, a member of the Project 21 black leadership network, questions the sensibilities of MSNBC talking head Chris Matthews after Matthews made yet another racially-charged comment on the air last night.
After last night's State of the Union Address, Matthews said about President Obama's performance: "You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour." Trying to explain this "epiphany" later with fellow MSNBC talking head Rachel Maddow, Matthews said he was "proud" he made the statement.
Parks said: "Chris goes on and on about President Obama being 'post-racial,' and then admits that he 'forgot he was black tonight for an hour.' Then he manages to ramble on and on about 'tribalism' and 'ethnicity' in that same segment. There are many things that can be taken from that kind of thinking, and none of them are nice."
A clip of the comment is on You Tube at http://tw0.us/6Cl.
Project 21, established in 1992, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).