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Rebuttal of the Day: Iran Analysis from Beavis and Butthead

Posted on September 28 2009 4:06 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here
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In the discussion on David Horowitz’s “Fox’s Affirmative Action Baby Whines” several leftist critics argued that the post contained racist remarks.

When I asked one commenter to specify which specific points were racist another one named Malcolm replied:

RE: David Swindle asking, What specific comments did you find racist?

1. “…to make him their black in residence” Why point to his being black? Why not just say Foxnews chose him, a non expert on the topic of Iran to speak. Horowitz went there by pointing to his race.

2. “hip-hop culture — the very low end, … Because he’s Fox’s black academic.” Oh look, he points out race again. Why? Hip hop is very low end…why because it’s born from the black experience? Horowitz doesn’t have to like it (hip hop), but to demean an entire culture is racist.

3. Labeled him as a “rap professor” and then, once again, pointed to race: “…was in fact an insult to all those black academics…” Rap is associated with Black, and Horowitz previously equated rap with low end hip hop culture.

4. I’ll end here with the beginning “Fox’s Affirmative Action Baby Whines”. Horowitz had the nerves to through out Affirmative Action, again why, is he upset that a “non-expert spoke about Iran or Black intellectual spoke or that Hill is on Foxnews because of Affirmative Action….or maybe all three. And Saying he whined like a baby is no different than looking down on Hill and calling him a boy. A whining baby and a boy both are not important and just making noise.

And why do white men continue to try and tell black and brown people what should or should not offend them….and how they should take and interpret particular situations. Horowitz’s article struck me as racist from my first reading. And pointing to Horowitz’s confronting other racists doesn’t prove anything. It’s sorta like saying, “I got black friends”…that’s how most racist try to recover after saying or doing racist things. Remember Joe Wilson trying to recover….”Michelle Obama and my wife sorta, kinda got something in common, they once lived in counties next to each other, so I can’t be a racist…just overlook my association with the Sons of the Confederacy because us being “county neighbors” shows who I am”. Fail!

I responded:

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None of the comments you point out are racist.

Here’s the definition of racism:
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

Horowitz and those of us at the Freedom Center do not believe that one race is in any way superior to another race. Nothing in Horowitz’s post suggests that. Your use of the “racist” slur is a classic ad hominem tactic of the Left to silence its enemies.

Further, rap music is associated with low end culture. That’s not a racist remark, it’s a cultural remark about the segment of ghetto culture (including whites — Eminem?) that makes rap music. I’m a fan of rap myself but I — as well as even leftist African-Americans — will admit that rap is “low culture” in its frequent promotion of violence, drug use, and promiscuity. That’s not an attack on black people to point that out. If it is then Dave Chappelle is a racist for pointing out the negative aspects of rap.

Finally Horowitz himself emerged to deliver the coup de grace:

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You think a white person could get away with this? Why don’t you come up with the name of a white guest who was invited to comment on a subject like the Iran crisis and whose expertise was the Beavis and Butthead culture, or grunge rock.

Also if whites can’t comment on their fellow Americans without being accused of racism tell me why the same rule doesn’t apply to blacks. If there’s one common thread in racism it’s the double standard in which you obviously are adept.

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