Media Ignore DJ’s Racist Rant against Republican Congressional Candidate
By Jerry A. Kane
Memphis, Tennessee, media ignore disc jockey Thaddeus Matthews’ racist, abusive insults during his profanity-laced interview with Republican congressional candidate Charlotte Bergmann.
“I’m so sick of your shit, yourself, and I’m about to put your ass up outta here. You are a token negro that white folk have control over. … Get up and get your ass up outta here. Get your stupid, ignorant ass up outta my studio.”—Thaddeus Matthews
As Bergmann was leaving the studio, she extended her hand to the Memphis DJ:
“I don’t need to shake your hand. I’m scared because some of that whiteness might rub off on me.”—Thaddeus Matthews
Matthews’ tirade has garnered attention throughout the blogosphere, but mainstream and local media have ignored it. Bergmann said that no politicians have phoned and no organizations have spoken out expressing their outrage over the DJ’s racist, abusive rant.
“The anger has been expressed throughout the nation, but not in my local … area.”—Charlotte Bergmann, Republican congressional candidate
Bergmann is running in Tennessee’s mostly-black 9th District against Democrat Steve Cohen. Cohen received national notoriety in September 2008 for comparing Obama to Jesus and Sarah Palin to Pontius Pilate.
Cohen is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the first Jew to represent a majority black district. In 2008, he tried to become the first white member of the Congressional Black Caucus, but CBC members didn’t like the idea of a white Jew in their ranks.