October 21, 2010

On the Firing of Juan Williams

NPR fired Juan Williams? 

Now, I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us who went through 9/11 would be pretty nervous of those in Muslim garb on airplanes; number two, that NPR acted stupidly in firing somebody when there was already proof that they were not bigoted and were, in fact, a well know author and historian of civil rights in America ; and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history at NPR of African-Americans and Latinos not being hired in the first place. That's just a fact

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