But now, try to think of a single African-American newsman who's exhibited—and gotten away with—the type of antics their white counterparts do each and every day on America’s top news channels. Don’t feel ignorant if you can’t. There aren’t any. But why?
This article, which isn't entirely wrong about the racial double standard, does succeed in diluting the force of an argument against such a standard by arguing that what Black folk want is the ability to do stupid ass shit too.
Look, I'm all for reminding people of racial double standards. But in this case, I don't know that we should be arguing for Black people to act a damn fool on the news.
Or, to put it another way, the article misses the point. The issue with cable news right now isn't that its unfair that Black folks can't behave the way Hannity, Beck, and O'Reilly behave.
The fellas over at The League of Ordinary Gentleman have been all up and through my blog lately. I am aware of this and am very okay wit it. At this point, LOG is my favorite blog to read along with my boy Ta-Nehisi Coates.
But those who immediately and harshly react to any suggestion of racial impropriety don’t want any discussion at all. And that’s what a really huge amount of our racial dialogue, at present, amounts to, a sustained campaign to whittle down the parameters of appropriate debate, and to cast anyone who alleges racism or something like it out of the bounds of respectability. We don’t live in a post-race society, and we aren’t moving towards one, but we are moving towards a post-race-discussion society. That’s an incredibly dangerous thing.
That were it not for Ivy League dishonesty, Sotomayor would not have gotten into Princeton, would never have been ranked first in her class, would not have gotten into Yale Law, nor been named editor of Yale Law Review, and thus would not be a U.S. appellate court judge today or a nominee to the Supreme Court.
Ah yes, affirmative action got her through all of that. Sure – it helped her get into Princeton, but affirmative action doesn't take the tests and do the work for you.
But that isn't the kind of thing you'll likely hear from rich privileged white man who think they are under constant assault from minorities and women.
Wouldn't it be nice if they'd say "wow, I guess test scores aren't always great predictors of how well someone does in college?" You know, something accurate and thoughtful. And helpful.
It never ceases to amaze me how much they really think this is their country.