Limbaugh lies

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Limbaugh is now taking the lead in lying about Obama, claiming that "he's not black:"

Do you know he has not one shred of African-American blood? [...] He's Arab. You know, he's from Africa. He's from Arab parts of Africa. He's not -- his father was -- he's not African-American. The last thing that he is is African-American.

Steve Benen at Washington Monthly brings the smackdown, noting that Limbaugh's claim is "demonstrably ridiculous:"

First, it's probably worth noting that Obama is not "Arab" "from Africa," he's American from Hawaii. [...] Second, his father is from Kenya, and Kenya isn't an Arab part of Africa. Third, "African American" generally refers to black people in the United States of African lineage. "The last thing that he is is African American"? Please.

But let's not overlook the point here -- far-right hacks aren't quite done with the smear. The efforts to label Obama "Arab" is just the latest twist in a larger effort launched by those motivated by fear and bigotry.

In the interest of being reality-based, here's some relevant information from the "Demographics" section of Wikipedia's article on Kenya:

Kenya is a country of great ethnic diversity. Most Kenyans are bilingual in English and Swahili, also a big percentage speak their mother tongue of their ethnic tribe.

Ethnic groups:
Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%

Religious affiliation:
Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 25%, Islam 10%, Traditional Religions 10%, Orthodox 1%. Others include Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism and the Bahá'í Faith.

To summarize: Kenya (the homeland of Obama's father) is 1% ethnically Arab and 10% Muslim. Using that slim shred of information to call Obama Arab is, well, just about what I expect from Limbaugh and his legion of listeners.

Simply pathetic.

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Geeee...hadn't Rush ever heard of The One Drop Rule?

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