You had to know it was coming. You had to know that if President Obama was reelected, blacks would be scapegoated by the right wing as moochers who only wanted a little friend chicken and grape Kool-Aid from the new Prez. Mitt Romney began this meme with his comment to donors that Obama won because he offered “gifts” to minorities, immigrants, students, and women. Now, enter Fox News Bill O’Reilly, who never passes up an opportunity to degrade black and brown people. Last night, O’Reilly responded to criticism by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who’d said that that bemoaning “traditional voters” is itself a form a racism. O’Reilly said that the huge turnout of voters of color signaled an end to “traditional American voters.” The new voters, he argued, don’t understand “traditional American values”: If you look at the exit polling, you’ll see that a coalition of voters put the President back into the oval office. That coalition was non-tradition, which means it veered away from things like traditional marriage, robust capitalism, and self reliance. Instead, each constituency that voted for the President —whether it be single women, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, whatever— had very specific reasons for doing so. Traditional American voters generally want a smaller government in Washington, more local control, some oversight on abortion, and believe in American exceptionalism. It is repugnant to imply that black people, who worked for free in this country for years, all of a sudden don’t want to work. Black people want to work, but like most progressives, don’t wish to be taken advantage of by the elite. They don’t want to earn pennies while the top one percent makes away with the bulk of the wealth. But if by “American exceptionalism”, O’Reilly means the 1950′s virtues of racism, sexism, and misogyny, then he’s right. We don’t buy into that, and neither should he. It’s time to move on.