The Trap Of Identity Politics

I am so confused this morning.

Commentator Juan Williams, who has actually managed to stand alongside both the angels and the devils by working simultaneously for NPR and Fox News (I’ll let you decide which is which), has been fired from NPR for statements he made on Bill O’Reilly’s show. Williams said that sometimes when he travels by plane and encounters other passengers in Islamic garb, he gets nervous.

This reminds me of Jesse Jackson’s infamous confession back in 1993: “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating. “

Others have noted, far better than I, NPR’s remarkably fluid standards of acceptability. Instead, I’m trying to properly interpret this in the context of racism.

What Williams confessed was obviously “racist” — never mind that “Muslim” isn’t a race, as Muslims loudly proclaim that Islam is open to all races. A better term would be “prejudiced,” as Williams is — purely internally — pre-judging a fellow passenger based purely on their garb and, by extension, their religious identity.

But “prejudiced” isn’t a strong enough term for the left, so he has to be a “RAAAAACIST.” And as such, he needs to be fired.

On the other hand, Williams didn’t admit to any actions, merely feelings. Feelings that he didn’t confess to expressing in any way — his comments make it clear that it was strictly internal. So his offense was strictly a “thought crime.”

Plus, Williams (you might have heard) is black. NPR has fired a black man not for anything he did, but for his admission of having not-politically-correct thoughts. So that makes NPR RAAAAACIST.

So, here we have a RAAAAACIST commentator being fired by a RAAAAACIST organization for confessing to RAAAAACIST thoughts, but never acting in a RAAAAACIST fashion.

I wouldn’t really care about this, but in this case the RAAAAACIST organization had been paying their RAAAAACIST commentator with MY money. National Public RAAAAACISTS Radio is largely supported by tax money, so I have a bit of owner’s interest in what they do with it.

This would be so much easier if we didn’t have to take into account political correctness. What Williams said wasn’t offensive in any fashion — last time I checked, we’re still allowed to believe what we want to believe. What we should judge are actions — what people do, rather than what they think. Setting aside PC, what Williams — a true-blue liberal — did was demonstrate that he’s not liberal enough for NPR, but not too liberal for Fox News. And that Fox News is a far more tolerant and diverse organization (Williams consistently champions the liberal perspective on Fox, standing up against that organization’s conservative bent) than NPR.

Which has shown that it is an intolerant, bigoted, prejudiced, RAAAAACIST organization that uses taxpayer money to further its intolerant, bigoted, prejudiced, RAAAAACIST agenda.

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