I was watching O’Reilly last night and his top story was the Rush Limbaugh/NFL news item. His guests for the segment were Juan Williams and some talk show host named Warren Ballentine. Personally, I think that Juan Williams is a stand-up guy and quite intellectually honest for a Democrat. Over several years Juan has impressed me time and time again by not “toeing the line” politically or racially, so I try to cut him some slack for being a little too much of an Obama cheerleader at times; he will get over that once the reality of the empty suit President sinks in.
But the point of this post is the [predictable] insult hurled at Juan when he did not agree with race-hustler Ballentine on whether or not some of Limbaugh’s statements constituted racism.
“Juan, it’s okay, you can go back to the porch.”
The insult takes place right at the end, at about 8:50 into the video.
This is the typical shout-down fascism of the left. If someone does not agree with you, call him a racist… unless the person is black at which point you call him an Uncle Tom, which is effectively what the “go back to the porch” comment constitutes. I was surprised that Juan took it as well as he did but one would assume that this is not the first time that he has heard that epithet.
Let’s take a good look at the two men.
Warren Ballentine was born in 1973, 9 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (filibustered by the Democrats, I might add). He certainly has an impressive education and has some career accomplishments that he should be proud of. However, based upon his age I class him in that group of racial rabblerousers who talk a big game but have never experienced institutional racism in their lives. Sure, he may have gotten a look from on old white lady or made Jesse Jackson nervous one night on a dark street, but he never suffered from real racists who held real political power. He is just a punk who is trying to make trouble over things long past.
Juan Williams was born in 1954 and as such likely experienced real racism in his life. Not only has Williams celebrated important black leaders, an example is his book on Thurgood Marshall, but he has called out black leaders when he felt that they needed correction. He also helped write the companion book series to the simply incredible PBS series Eyes on the Prize. My own kids, being raised without bigotry and racism, did not truly understand the immense significance of the Obama election until we watched that six-hour series with them. If you have not seen that, you need to watch it, and if you have kids you need to watch it with them. Though you may think that you know about the civil rights movement, parts of that series will shock, embarrass, and inspire you.
In short, Ballentine is a wet-behind-the-ears race hustler and does not even qualify to be Juan’s dog washer. He may be lucky that he was not in the studio with Juan that day!
UPDATE 10/17/2009: Last night Juan filled in for Bill O’Reilly and went after Ballentine and people like him. Don’t miss the segment in the video below where Juan talks to Rev. Hutcherson and Tammy Bruce:
I am liking Juan more and more, even though I already respected him.