The big fail

Geraldo Rivera, media celebrity for Fox News, invites Malik Shabazz, member of the New Black Panther organization, to talk about his views on America. Nothing good can come out of this conversation. The video is here. I am completely unable to watch this video. It simply sucks IQ points out of my head. You have one guy asking leading questions and another guy, who has an agenda, wants to point out to America the impression that Whites has inflicted on the world over the last several centuries.

This is the problem with race relations. He cannot talk past each other. You have to talk to each other. If you go to start a conversation suggesting that you are aligned with Al Qaeda and the Taliban, that conversation is a nonstarter. If you start a conversation weighing out the litany of abuses that Whites have inflicted upon Africa and Asia in the North American Indians, you’re not getting anywhere. The atrocities are well-known. So, move forward.

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  1. Samir Shabazz proposes new atrocities.

    'You have to kill crackers and their babies' he urges.

    Why no denunciation of the Black Panthers by the recent NAACP convention? (Instead they condemned vague unrecorded unspecified 'racism' by 'the tea party'. Exactly who are they referring to as 'the tea party' since there is no organization by that name?)

    But it's a lot easier to vaguely accuse 'somebody' of racism than it is to admit the racist black organizations like the Black Panthers, Trinity Church etc have tossed aside Dr King's call for a color blind society, and urge division and hatred on the basis of race.

  2. Shabazz is not a Black Panther. That organization died decades ago. These are the New Black Panthers. This is a group of 10 – 20 dudes that no one but Fox News has heard of.

    The NAACP is completely irrelevant. You can spend your time dealing with the relevant groups if you want. In order to have an impact on the national debate, I think you need to deal with people and organizations who are actually players in that debate. The NAACP has not been a player in the national debate since the early 1980s.

    I'm not spend my time chasing meaningless groups who are doing crazy and reprehensible things.

    The NAACP has a proud past. Unfortunately, over last 20 years they have had no impact in the national debate. None. Now, we can have a discussion on what role the NAACP should play in the future but, in my mind, their future is completely unclear. I have no idea if the NAACP will survive the next 20 years.

    The point of this post was not to talk about the NAACP or the new Black Panthers or Geraldo Rivera. The point was to talk about race relations which you completely ignored. In my opinion, this is not the way to discuss race relations with two people screaming at each other. This is no way to talk about any subject. Unfortunately, this is our national debate. It really doesn't matter what the topic is. The goal is not to make persuasive arguments but instead to paint your opponent as evil personified. This makes compromise nearly impossible.

  3. The NAACP is a major player in the national debate, whether you think they are, or not.

    They are given considerable credibility (earned or unearned) by the national media and the political class on both sides of the aisle.

    Therefore, what the NAACP says DOES have an impact, a big one, whether you'll credit them for it or not.

    The head of the NAACP chose to issue vague unsubstantiated charges of white racism against unknown and unnamed persons.

    At the same time they are ignoring a clear case of incitement to violence involving Samir Shabazz who said “you call yourself a black man? you have to kill crackers and their babies”.

  4. Okay, if they are a major player, please tell me one issue that they have influenced over the past 5 years. Name an issue that they started, pushed and got a positive result with national exposure. Name one. There isn't any. They have no influence. None.

    I don't know anyone who is a member of the NAACP do you? Who was their keynote speaker this year? I have no idea.

    You continue on this sidetrack. I'm moving on. This has always been a non-story.

  5. I'm give you think to chew on from RS:

    A Bush administration civil rights appointee says the conservative media uproar over allegations the Justice Department is protecting the New Black Panther Party from voter-intimidation prosecution is a “fantasy” designed to oust Attorney General Eric Holder and harm the Obama administration.

    “This doesn’t have to do with the Black Panthers; this has to do with their fantasies about how they could use this issue to topple the [Obama] administration,” Abigail Thernstrom, former vice chairwoman of the US Commission on Civil Rights, told Politico.

    “My fellow conservatives on the commission had this wild notion they could bring Eric Holder down and really damage the president,” Thernstrom said.

    Thernstrom's views on this issue line up with many voices in the progressive media, who argue the claims that the Justice Department is showing pro-African American racial bias are illegitimate.

    Blogger Karoli at Crooks and Liars notes that Thernstrom has been known for her otherwise socially conservative views, including opposition to affirmative action.

  6. The head of the NAACP issued vague charges of white racism against 'the tea party' (whoever that is, he didn't really say and there is no organization with that name, nor did he cite specific instances of racial violence or threats by whites) in front of the NAACP convention, but didnt mention the Black Panthers while there.

    No, he said that on a Sunday morning TV show that very few people watch.

    Why didn't he denounce specific instances of incitment to violence by the Black Panthers when he had the opportunity to do so AT HIS CONVENTION?

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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