I am a little bit slow on the draw with this, but last week Juan Williams, a long time news analyst for National Public Radio, was fired for comments he made on the Fox News Channel's program The O'Reilly Factor. I will go into what he said a little bit later. Williams also writes for several newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal and has been published in magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly and Time. He also has appeared regularly on the Fox News Channel on some of their pannels and also has been on The O'Reilly Factor many, many times in order to add some liberal points of views to the debates. Yes Jauan is a liberal and he is also black.
Anyway, back to his comments, I will post a little bit of what he said on the show that prompted his firing:
"Political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don't address reality. I mean, look Bill [O'Reilly], I'm not a bigot, you know the kind of books I've written on the civil rights movement in this country, 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. Now, I remember also that when the Times Square bomber was at court, I think this was just last week. He said the war with Muslims, America's war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don't think there's any way to get away from these facts. But I think there are people who want to somehow remind us all as President Bush did after 9/11, it's not a war against Islam."
I will start off by saying Juan in a stand up guy. He's written tons of books on the civil rights movement and the history of black people in America. This guy is liberal to the core, and I remember watching him on the FNC, and not agreeing with one thing he ever said, but it was nice to get another side to the story because I like being informed.
I want to know, after 9/11, what American doesn't have a little fear in the pit of their stomach when they see someone in muslim garb? I know I do. That doesn't mean I think every Muslim is a terrorist, but for one split second I am worried, and then I'm over it. What is the US and this world coming to, when you can't openly admit a fear you have for fear of being fired/persectued for not being politically correct?
Just like a couple of weeks ago when Bill O'Reilly was on the show The View, and he made a comment about Muslims being the ones who attacked us on 9/11. 2 of the 5 hosts of the shows stalked off the stage in a tizzy. After they left, he said that he was sorry if he offended anyone but that Muslim extremists did in fact attack us and that was that. Everyone knows that he wasn't saying that all muslims attacked us on 9/11, but since he didn't use the qualifying word "extremists" that makes him a bad person.
I call bs on anyone who says Muslims did not attack us on 9/11. They in fact did, yes they were extremists, but they were Muslims. It makes me so angry sometimes that I have to walk on egg shells around certain people just so I don't say anything to upset them. What happened to freedom of speech? What is this world coming to with all this censorship?
In the long run Juan, I think, has gotten the better end of the deal by being fired from NPR. He now has a multimillion dollar contract with FNC and he looks like a hero. So kudos to you Juan for standing up for what you believe in, and not letting your own party bully you into subservience.