MSNBC’s Ed Schultz: Is Birtherism ‘Just Another Form Of Racism?’

On his show Tuesday night, Ed Schultz took on birthers — specifically those in Iowa and Arizona who have brought President Barack Obama‘s eligibility for office back into headlines recently. He asked, isn’t this just racism?

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The Iowa GOP chairman, Don Racheter, and Arizona’s secretary of state, Ken Bennett, have recently questioned Obama’s natural-born citizenship (though Bennett said he’s not a birther, he sought verification of Obama’s birth certificate from Hawaii, saying it’s possible he’d take Obama off the ballot otherwise).

Schultz asked his guest, Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson, “Is this just another form of racism being played out in a different form?” Dyson replied, “What else are we to conclude?” — citing that Obama has shown every form of documentation to confirm his U.S. birth.

At the heart of this is the fact that they “just don’t like this man,” Dyson said. “You’re disrespectful toward him, you’re condescending toward him. […] Respect the office, of course, also respect the man.” He added, “I don’t think it’s anything but a racist assault” on Obama.

People like Sarah Palin and Joe Arpaio lack serious credentials, he said. To Bennett, Dyson’s response was, “Be ashamed of yourself.” Apparently, he said, only white men and white women fit the bill — and “we have to fight this.”

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