Juan Williams Replaces Tavis Smiley in Forum to Promote Racial Healing: What?

 

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action 

For all of those who were once concerned about Tavis Smiley ending his much-respected State of the Black Union gathering every year, you no longer have any reason to worry: “The great” Juan Williams from Fox News is now going to take his place.

Well, Juan isn’t exactly replicating the State of the Black Union. Actually, he is going to be one of two moderators for the State of Race Symposium being sponsored by the Aspen Institute. According to Charlie Firestone, Executive Director of the Community and Society Program at the institute, the appointment of Williams to the post was nothing short of a perfect “basketball bounce pass.”

I played a little basketball in my day, so perhaps Mr. Firestone will allow me to dribble the ball for a second. The shining and magnificent prestige of the Aspen Institute got a little bit dimmer when they announced that Juan Williams would serve as one of their chosen ambassadors on race. This decision is like appointing Flava Flav as President of 100 Black Men of America, or making Charlie Sheen the head of the Catholic Church. Williams’ role in racial advancement has been mostly confined to him standing next to other hosts at Fox News and throwing ideological hand grenades at people of color. He is clearly, without question, the absolute worst black man to be presented as the head of such a gathering. Only Clarence Thomas or Ward Connerly could be as destructive.

The Aspen Institute is well-endowed with the legitimacy that comes with money. They’ve got millions to blow on events like this one, so they have little reason to care what I think. But by bringing in the man who said that he “gets nervous” when he’s around Muslims and young black men, they’ve reduced the debate to one that swims in the very kind of racial ignorance being promoted by Fox News. Replacing a brilliant mind like Tavis Smiley with an ethnic mascot like Williams is nothing short of insulting.

It appears that having a large platform grants instant credibility to some, no matter how harmful or hurtful their viewpoints might be. Fox News taps into the latent racial hatred that once hung black people from trees and led to lynch mobs dragging black men out of their homes at night. Juan Williams, by serving as well-paid black legitimacy to Fox News racism, is part of a very ugly tradition. By giving him an even larger platform to share his views, the Aspen Institute is doing almost nothing to promote the concept of true racial healing.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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  11. We are all regarded as fools by the Elite!

    There are many simple signs that show us the true nature of “our” society, nation and government. This multitude of signs are filled with negative diatribe and talking heads good at making lying about everything, an artform.

    Those behind the whole of the ‘American’ plight, are devious to say the least, and tyrannical psychopaths at best. We are ill served by this phenomenon of brain screwing. Our lives are in flux, and confusion, and danger because the ‘Elite’ keep sticking BS/feces in our faces, and we (many of us) keep accepting, and allowing it, as if it is reality, and truth.

    Many of us are not reading the blatant signs that keep alerting, and showing us that ‘America’ is sick and nearing death. We have been conditioned with so much feces that we are unable to differentiate what is real from what is fiction. The very nature of our national psychosis makes us believe we can see and understand what we clearly can’t.

    The ‘elite’ are convinced that the masses are so ignorant and stupid that they can toss more crap at us and make it look and smell like roses. As strange as it may seem. They are right!

  12. I completely agree with you. In an age where the most oppressed is standing up and asking for more rights, ours are being covertly taken away. It’ more than past time for a revolution! Wallstreet has screwed the american people with no vasoline, now they are telling us that we have to save the nation while they get to keep all their ill gotten gains. I think that the GOP’s plan is to push the people s o far that the country will go into another civil war, when finally the south will rise again…at least that what they think. With the way things are going, I fear our best days were behind us. Maybe, that’s what the 2012 prophecy is actually about. The fall of America as we know it. Stock up and arms and ammunition. The white devils will be coming for us.

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