Dana Perino promised a “robust discussion” on racism during Friday’s edition of “The Five.” It went down pretty much the way you’d expect.
After Perino brought up Rep. Charlie Rangel’s (D-NY) latest insistence that President Obama’s critics are motivated by racism, middling comedian Tom Shillue — filling in for Fox’s wannabe comedian Greg Gutfeld — had a novel idea.
“This race thing is – you know, at this point, I can’t believe they’re still saying it,” Shillue said.
“I might even agree with you that there may be some racism left in America, but who cares?” he added. “Anyone who does or says anything racist is always punished for it immediately. So why do we even talk about it anymore?”
The mostly conservative panel agreed. Perino wondered if “playing the race card so promiscuously actually drains the power of calling someone a racist.” Eric Bolling and Andrea Tantaros said that most Americans aren’t even concerned about racism anymore. It was left to the show’s hapless liberal Bob Beckel to feebly put up a fight.
“When a black man walks down the street here in a suit, and they cross the street and all of a sudden you hear the click, what I call the click, everybody locks their car doors, that is wrong,” Beckel said.
Shillue found that argument hilarious and said that he’s been unfairly maligned for locking his car.
“I hear that all the time,” he said while laughing. “I lock my car door all the time…If a black guy happens to be walking by my car, I click it every time, he’s gonna think it’s me because you keep telling him that I’m the guy who clicks my car because he’s black.”