Of course it was going to come up, that’s his gig.
Today Michael Berry set up his first caller on a racially charged issue to call him a racist. He admitted as much and then went on to criticize and denigrate the guy.
Then one of his callers (not Berry himself) pointed out that he is married to “an Indian woman.” This allowed Berry to go with his set piece. It’s his explanation of why no one can legitimately call him a racist.
You see there are “situational racists” who have friends who are black or Hispanic. They mind their manners around these ‘friends’ but if they are in a different social group, they laugh at the racist jokes — you know — going along to get along.
Berry will not play the “I am married to and Indian woman” card, nor will he play the “my boy is African” card because of situational racism.
He has problems with Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton and Skip Gates — especially Gates because all he ever thinks about is BLACK BLACK BLACK according to Berry. Gates and Jackson and Sharpton are all professional black people.
This makes Michael mad.
But Michael cloaks his anger in a high purpose: stirring shit up. He claims to want to make people think about their beliefs about race and question their reactions to his words. Michael is a good man, just looking to enlighten his listeners.
Michael Berry is actually a SELECTIVE racist. He and I are around the same age and when I was in school in Pasadena (a racially pure city at the time) we traveled to his part of south Texas for competitions and such. There was racial tension that my little group of white people couldn’t understand. I’m sure he holds a grudge.
He admitted as much today and has before. He didn’t get into UT law (or as an undergrad from what I can tell) because some Filipino guy’s son got in instead. It is a tired story from white males that I experienced with my own family. Someone with a foreign name, but who was just as American as Michael Berry got not only the company scholarship, but also others just because of his name.
Poor little white boy couldn’t go to UT. My one little violin of sympathy plays for him.
Given how Berry runs his business, I’d say that UT is relieved.
To wrap up: Michael Berry is a selective racist. He looks for callers that “sound” black and then humiliates them after they hang up on him. He doesn’t play the “I’m married to or adopted” card because he knows that is a shit way out. His whole life is about being bitter about term limits and not being able to stomach the fund-raising that is involved in politics. He’s got a bought and paid for gig on a radio station in the 4th largest city in the U.S.A., and yet he still cries the white boy cry of two decades ago.
I pity the man.