Sometimes, I turn on Fox News to watch Juan Williams and Bill O'Reilly argue about the latest liberal-conservative issue.
The long time news reporter (Washington Post) and author of some very dynamic books, Williams has the type of personality--uplifting--that leaves me feeling good, after watching him make his strong points against the bombastic O'Reilly.
Many in the establishment media don't like the Factor host, Mr. O'reilly, because he likes to take the more conservative view of things. Also, he leads the other cable news companies in the dust, when it comes to the ratings...so there is a "sour grapes" issue to the competitiveness also.
Recently, much of the mainstream media trashed the talk show host because he had dinner in a Black owned Harlem restaurant and praised the establishment and the mostly African-American guests. He pointed out that many Whites are actually afraid of Black people and that is why there is not a healthy dialog between the races in America.
Waiting in the news bushes for any excuse to bash the host, they took much of what he said out of context.
So, CNN--a rival network, brings on a PhD from Syracuse University, who teaches business, Mr. Boyce Watkins, to discuss the aforementioned issues.
Dr. Watkins refers to the well educated, prolific writer and African-American host, Juan Williams, as a "Happy Negro" and derides his integrity. The CNN host says nothing.
Welcome to the modern era of entertainment news and character assassination.
This must be as painful to the analytical mind of Williams, as it was to Glen Ifill of PBS to be called a "maid" by radio talk show host, Don Imus.
But, to be honest, since I worked for Tom Bradley in 1969 and for his winning campaign in 1973 and became his Press Secretary in 1973, when he became the first African-American Mayor of a majority white voting city...Los Angeles....there has been a lot of infighting between the establishment Black community, on the best way to change things.
It used to be kept in the background, other than some Black groups, who derided Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as an "uncle tom" during his fight for justice.
This tension has surfaced in an unhealthy way....in the White media.
Mr. Williams, is the latest casualty: If you don't support my way, or you are not the stereotyped Black man, saying the usual things, we are going to demean you...just as we have with General Colin Powell, or Secretary of State, Condi Rice.
It doesn't matter that they HAVE attained what Dr. King wanted: All people to be viewed within the content of their character, not the color of their skin..so they can advance in society.
Mr. Williams is a culmination of his own integrity, education, smarts, and the dream that Dr. King laid down while dogs were chasing his brethren in the streets of the south.
CNN owes Juan Williams an apology.
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