Saturday, October 23, 2010
Striking a resounding blow against racism and prejudice, National Public Radio fired black journalist Juan Williams for saying "when I get on a plane, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and they're identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
Williams - the liberal author of multiple books on the Civil Rights movement - did not say that Muslims should be discriminated against, and in fact stressed that it's important to differentiate between average Muslims and radical Islamists.
Unfortunately, he forgot to differentiate between liberals and radical liberals, which is why his boss, lily-white NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, fired Williams without giving him the chance to respond. Moreover, she sneeringly announced to the world that she thinks Williams needs psychiatric care, because it's obviously crazy to think that a terrorist is more likely to be Muslim than Amish.
Williams considers the firing to be "vindictive," "antagonistic," "personal," and "vicious" - and numerous voices in politics and journalism are calling for an investigation of NPR, and a termination of the funding they receive from taxpayers.
In the meanwhile, we hope that on Vivian Schiller's next flight, she's seated between two young men wearing traditional Muslim garb...and that she has a long, long time to quietly think about whether or not their shoelaces look like fuses.