Last night, FOX News host Sean Hannity played portions of a videotaped address Henry Louis Gates, Jr. deliveredÂ to a Washington, D.C. churchÂ in 1996.
Gates,Â whose brief arrest last week continues to generate headlines and commentary, is seen speaking at an event promoting his book The Future of Race, which he co-authored with radical Marxist professor and self-described “prophet,” Cornel West.
In the video, Gates accuses then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich of racism. Gates says:
Newt Gingrich can come in, that Contract for America is serious. You know what those guys have said? ‘Somehow, while we were asleep, all you white women and all you black people got into the middle class. We are not sure how it happened. But the first thing we are going to do is we are going to shake the tree and any of y’all who can’t hold on, you’re all going back. And the second thing, we are going to set up barriers so no more of you all can get in here.’
Gates also said:
We are trying to end what we call the one n-gger syndrome â€“ you know, this place ain’t big enough for more than one of us.
At one point Gates tells his audience:
What we’re trying to do is end ‘your mamma’ and ‘your daddy criticism,’ which is what African-Americans quite frankly have mastered in for 250 years.
While his precise meaning isn’t entirely clear, the comment faintly echoes Gates’ sarcastic reply to his arresting officer last week, when he was asked to step outside: “Ya, I’ll speak to your momma outside.”
After playing portions of the 1996 video, Hannity spoke to author and former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris, who made a surprising admission, telling Hannity:
Before the election, I came on this show when you kept talking about Rev. Wright, and I kept saying he and Obama were two different people.
I think I was wrong.
Morris was refering to Barack Obama’s longtime pastor and spiritual mentor Reverend Jeremiah Wright, an advocate of far-left “black liberation theology” who has blamed “American racism” for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.