The good people at the Atlantic celebrate the departure of Patrick Buchanan from MSNBC. This isn’t a terribly surprising development; Buchanan has drifted right over the years, going from a middle class, sympathetic to blue-collar issues conservative to someone who actually questions the racial orthodoxy. Chris Matthews has drifted left; he’s a liberal from a middle-class Catholic background who always treated Buchanan as a worthy adversary under Queensberry rules. His uncontrolled enthusiasm for Obama has made him less friendly to anyone who opposes him, and every other personality on MSNBC is a progressive who can just barely tolerate liberals.
What did I do this time? I mentioned that Al Sharpton- race hustler of the Tawana Brawley rape hoax fame and Freddy’s Fashion Mart arson/murder fame, still has his own show there. A case of the vapors immediately ensued. He, or one of his numerous flunkies, could have said “This isn’t about Sharpton” or “Tu quoque isn’t a valid argument” but they can’t even manage that- not even directly address the issue of why a man who has engaged in slander and false criminal accusations, and whipped up the frenzy that led to setting a targeted store on fire and the deaths of 8 people, is considered morally fit to be on TV.
The gang rape in Texas last year was talked about there– Chuck Rudd got banned for a relatively innocuous comment- and Coates banned me for bringing up Nathan McCall, a lower-middle class black guy who wrote a book about his criminal history- including gang rapes- and saying that he portrayed himself as a victim of whites all the way. (McCall is now a chaired professor at Emory University.) Coates emailed me and claimed he wasn’t defending McCall in the process- a lot of black woman hate McCall, including possibly Coates’ wife- but didn’t find it appropriate to bring up his excuses. I think McCall is a perfect example of a black man who thinks gang rape is good fun, and one who uses white oppression as an excuse for his behavior. McCall wasn’t even from the ghetto, he had a decent if not affluent life but found rape, robbery and violence to be more appealing than school and work.
If we’re so stupid, so obviously ridiculous, why do they have to shut us up? If we were stupid, and wrong, everything we wrote would prove it, and the more we wrote, the stupider we would look. But clearly that’s not the case.