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Morrissey takes yet another bizarre swipe at Obama's race: "He doesn’t look overly African black"

The outspoken Smiths frontman "clarified" his controversial race comments during his "Larry King" appearance


Colin Gorenstein
August 26, 2015 11:55PM (UTC)

Last week, the world thought it'd seen "peak Morrissey" when the outspoken Smiths frontman talked Ferguson, Trump and at one point called President Obama's "blackness" into question, asking, "Obama, is he white inside?" during an appearance on "Larry King Now."

Viewers who tuned into the interview were baffled. The Daily Beast reached out to Morrissey for clarification on this controversial comment -- and, indeed, received some clarification. He meant exactly what he said.

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Responding to Daily Beast's request for comment, Morrissey used the opportunity to take yet another swipe at Obama's race, explaining that Obama isn't doing "anything for the black community" and that "he doesn’t look overly African black."

"I can’t see him doing anything at all for the black community except warning them that they must respect the security forces. This is ludicrous because the so-called security forces are the Ku Klux Klan to most black Americans," Morrissey said. "It seems evident to me that black males are being deliberately murdered throughout America as a closing message to Obama, telling him that his presidency has meant nothing and that the division of color is now bigger than ever."

He continued:

"Obama doesn’t see this, but if a white cop shot one of his daughters I don’t imagine he’d be willing to accept the exoneration of that white cop…

I am wryly amused by all of these tough cop reality programs on American TV because it’s always white cops arresting the black or Hispanic poor, yet you don’t ever see the cops frisking a crooked lawyer or chasing a middle-class accountant who’s robbed millions from clients. It’s always the extreme poor who are targeted by the cops because the poor have no influential friends and therefore can’t retaliate, and the cops know that they can play about with poor people…

The final point about Obama is that he doesn’t look overly African black. He’s as close to soft, whiteness as someone who isn’t white could get, and I often wonder if he would have been elected if he had a stronger, more African-black face? It’s a point."

Read the full statement via Daily Beast here.


Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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