Press Release – April 2, 2013

April 2, 2013


Contact: Glenn Landstrom
Phone: 517-643-5514

Matthews Defines Racism as Belief that Whites Should Rule All Others
Dictionaries Disagree and Civil Rights Org Calls for Retraction

National – On the Monday edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews lambasted radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh for arguing that President Obama inspires supporters to make divisive, racist comments. Matthews, instead, insisted that racism was defined as “the belief that one race – whites – should rule all others.”

Dictionaries on both sides of the aisle seem to dispute Matthews’ definition; and Jennifer Gratz, Founder and CEO of the XIV Foundation, has called on Mr. Matthews to retract this statement.

After watching the segment, Gratz remarked, “No one group has a monopoly on racism. And to suggest otherwise is a ridiculous, terrible message to broadcast to children and adults alike on national TV.”

As just one example, Gratz pointed to an incident that occurred on Monday where black activists delivered Oreo cookies to the office of Detroit’s Emergency Manager, a recent controversial appointment by Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. “April Fool’s Day or not, delivering Oreo cookies to black politicians that you happen to disagree with is a disgusting act.”


Jennifer Gratz challenged racial discrimination in the admissions policy at the University of Michigan and won at the U.S. Supreme Court (Gratz v. Bollinger). She spearheaded a successful constitutional amendment in Michigan (MCRI) that made race and gender preferences unconstitutional in public education, public employment, and public contracting. Jennifer is the co-founder and CEO of the XIV Foundation.