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July 20, 2013

Obama’s intervention 7-19-13

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The day of the scheduled rallies protesting the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case, the Wall Street Journal led with a news article by Coleen McCain Nelson entitled “Obama Speaks Frankly On Race.”

The word Race was devoid of inverted commas, signifying that there was nothing suspect about the concept of ‘race’.  Just as problematic, the news article described Trayvon Martin as an African-American, and we all are taught that “perspectivism” is the correct epistemology.  No need for inverted commas there either, for there is no truth, only points of view that are incomprehensible to other groups. Such are the wages of multiculturalism, the preferred liberal policy for dealing with group conflict as the acceptance of “diversity” based on race and gender.

On this website, nothing has been so frequently described as ‘race,’ racism, and how a covertly racialist discourse has dominated public debate since black supremacists hijacked the integrationist movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. For a sampling, see any of the following blogs:

https://clarespark.com/2012/01/21/the-persistence-of-white-racism/, https://clarespark.com/2013/07/02/groupiness-group-think-and-race/, https://clarespark.com/2011/02/27/remembering-ralph-bunche-american/ https://clarespark.com/2011/03/28/index-to-multiculturalism-blogs/, and especially https://clarespark.com/2009/10/31/the-offing-of-martin-luther-king-jr-and-ralph-bunche/.

It appears that the most we can expect from Rupert Murdoch’s publications (The Wall Street Journal and “fair and balanced” Fox News Channel), is the namby-pamby pseudo-moderation of approved journalists and some sociologists.

On the jump page (A-5), WSJ quoted sociologist Abigail Thernstrom, who viewed the President’s intervention as inappropriate. Thernstrom is a brave voice in the wilderness, who puts the same priority on progress in the black population as I and my readers do (though her writings on that issue are not mentioned in the WSJ article. See her thoughts on progress here:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304723304577369913528826798.html ).

What about education for black children? I have yet to see a single discussion on Fox News Channel on the shocking neglect of inner-city public schools. Reform in that quarter has been blocked by the teachers unions and the NAACP that demonstrated against one of Eva Moskowitz’s charter schools in Harlem.  The American Right, following the Daniel Moynihan Report  has put much emphasis on reconstructing the black family with fathers at the helm. It is time that they put comparable energy into rectifying the major institution outside the family that is socializing our black children. There are dozens of rallies in support of Trayvon Martin scheduled today. Will any of them put the word ‘race’ in inverted commas? Will anyone criticize “African-American” leadership for obliviousness to the education of young black males? See https://clarespark.com/2013/05/26/eva-moskowitz-and-the-charter-school-movement/.

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5 Comments »

  1. […] It has been my view that antisemitism and/or hostility to the Jewish state have been consistently underestimated in its effects on politics and on human personalities. For instance, many blacks believe that George Zimmerman, the shooter of the young black man Trayvon Martin, is a Jew. Not much has been made of this astounding belief in the [misnamed] “African-American community,” with the exception of some entries on Facebook. See https://clarespark.com/2013/07/20/obamas-intervention-7-19-13/. […]

    Pingback by Minding antisemitism | YDS: The Clare Spark Blog — July 21, 2013 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  2. I just completed Zev Chafets book on Ailes and agree that Fox is run as a business. Nevertheless, though I can’t cite specific examples, I am sure the cause of charter schools for inner city school choice has been forcefully made.

    Comment by Bob Ennis — July 21, 2013 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

    • It has not been an ongoing concern, to my knowledge, on Fox News Channel.

      Comment by clarelspark — July 21, 2013 @ 5:50 pm | Reply

  3. The issue of vouchers as a means of providing school choice, vigorously attackied by the Teacher Union, has certainly been discussed on Fox News. Teachers Union. Are you saying that Murdoch and/or Ailes is fearful of tackling this issue?

    Comment by Bob Ennis — July 20, 2013 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

    • I watch Fox News regularly and don’t recall any particular attacks on teachers unions or coverage of education reform. None. Not even their balancing Democratic personalities bring it up. I am claiming that Murdoch is a “moderate” who, as a businessman, wants to reach maximum eyeballs. There are no trained intellectuals on that channel, with the exception of Charles Krauthammer, but even he must take the topics that are picked out for him to comment upon. Fox regularly uses the terms laid out as acceptable by wealthy liberals in the late 1960s: race, multiculturalism, perspectivism, and diversity. See especially https://clarespark.com/2010/07/18/white-elite-enabling-of-black-power/. I googled Fox News+ school choice and got a few hits referring to their website, but not a single on air discussion. Juan Williams, a Catholic, is a prominent advocate of vouchers, but he is interviewed by non-Fox internet sources on this topic.

      Comment by clarelspark — July 20, 2013 @ 8:09 pm | Reply


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