The other night, as a guest on Bill O'Reilly's FNC show, "The O'Reilly Factor," Juan Williams, who is black (and yes, this is relevant) made the mistake of answering one of Bill's questions honestly. For that he was promptly fired by NPR, where he was a paid commentator. What did Juan say? Well, first, let's do a little historical walk back, shall we?
Jeffrey Goldberg's 1999 NYT article, "The Color of Suspicion," wherein Goldberg relates of spending a lot of time with law enforcement officers, especially those involved in fighting narcotics.
After the New York cars pull into traffic, Lewis shows Bromwell and his partner, Rob Penny, the newspaper clippings, hoping they will back him up. “Eddie Plank,” he says. “Killed by a black male. My shooting—a black. Robbie Bishop, down in Georgia, killed by a black. North Carolina trooper, killed by a black.”Now let's jump to March 2008. Democrat consultant and operative Susan Estrich appears on Hannity and Colmes on FNC. Susan was Michael Dukakis's campaign manager in 1988. In discussion of then-candidate Barack Obama's famous speech wherein he said that his grandmother was a "typical white person" (move along, no profiling here, nothing to see, eh?), Susan said this:
Bromwell looks uneasy. I ask him if he believes in a connection between the race of the shooters and the crimes they commit.
“People might think it,” Bromwell says, walking away, “but they don’t say it." He flashes Lewis a look that says, Shut up, and quick. ...
Cops, white and black, know one other thing: they’re not the only ones who profile. Civilians profile all the time—when they buy a house, or pick a school district, or walk down the street. Even civil rights leaders profile. “There is nothing more painful for me at this stage in my life,” Jesse Jackson said several years ago, “than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery—and then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” Jackson now says his quotation was “taken out of context.” The context, he said, is that violence is the inevitable byproduct of poor education and health care. But no amount of “context” matters when you fear that you are about to be mugged.
Racial profiler, kept his job.
And here is what Juan Williams said on The O'Reilly Factor. NPR.org explains:
“Every woman I know, black, white, green or yellow, gets a little bit nervous, if she’s being honest, when she sees an 18-25 year-old black guy dressed in gang attire, walking behind her on the street. I’m not afraid of old black men. I’m not afraid of old white men.”
Racial profiler, kept her job.
Host Bill O'Reilly brought on guests to discuss his appearance last week on ABC's "The View" during which Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set in protest of O'Reilly's views on Muslims.See ya, Juan!
"Where am I going wrong here, Juan?" O'Reilly asked.
Williams, 56, responded that too much political correctness can get in the way of reality.
"I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the Civil Rights movement in this country," Williams said. "But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
Religion profiler, got fired.
Naturally, the Council for Islamic-American Relations, a front for the Muslim Brotherhood (the rabidly anti-American original wellspring of modern Islamism) and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case, "said such commentary from a journalist about other racial, ethnic or religious minority groups would not be tolerated."
So NPR folded. And did so PDQ, too.
Update: Here's the vid.