Americans were told during the 2008 presidential campaign that electing Barack Obama would create a "post-racial" nation.
Far from it, on NBC's Tonight Show Thursday, Tim Allen, the star of ABC's Last Man Standing said that when it comes to race, censors "went back to the ‘80s with what we can and cannot say on the network" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
TIM ALLEN: Politically correct has really been the mode for me because we, they’ve moved Last Man Standing to, we finally got a night on Friday. And we’ve had, for some reason, we've had a good amount of success with it. And now we have standards and practice, which you and I talk about.
JAY LENO, HOST: Oh, yeah.
ALLEN: What you can get away with. We were, tomorrow night's episode is about race, and it's like we went back to the ‘80s with what we can and cannot say on the network. They say, "That's too offensive, you come off this way and that way."
This supports conservative author Ann Coulter's position in Mugged: Racial Demagoguery From the Seventies to Obama as well as what she told NewsBusters in September regarding racism having ended in America after the O.J. Simpson verdict in 1995. According to Coulter, Obama and his media minions brought it back for his political benefit.
Censorship regarding race going "back to the '80s" supports her contention.
On a related note, Mel Brooks was coincidentally on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday, and said that due to today's censorship rules, the hit comedy "Blazing Saddles" couldn't be made today.
Is this what "post-racial" meant?