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Let me say this… what Juan Williams said I don’t agree with. First of all, how can you be nervous flying with someone based on how they dress? That’s just as dumb as when I’m in the elevator and June Cleaver clutches her purse a little tighter. Secondly, Williams is the genius behind the Eyes of the Prize seminal Civil Rights work that brought the plight of Black Struggle (in America) to the mainstream. How could he make such a misstep by saying what he did about Muslims?
I’ll tell you how. Williams was slack with his reality that even though he is an accomplished professional, he is not a Free Black Man in America. How can NPR (National Public Radio, why Black People listen to this NPR ish is beyond me) claim to be a liberal, tolerant organization yet fire Williams when he expressed some honest feelings?
I’ll tell you this… Williams was fired because he honestly believed he WAS FREE in America to share something publicly about himself. Guess again Black Man… YOU (WE) are not FREE.
Here’s something rare… I’ve taken a story from FoxNews.com which explains what happened.
National Public Radio fired Fox News contributor Juan Williams on Wednesday after a Monday night appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” in which Williams said that it makes him nervous to fly on airplanes with devoutly-clad Muslims.
“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country,” Williams told host Bill O’Reilly during a discussion on the dilemma between fighting jihadists and fears about average Muslims.
“But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous,” Williams said.
Williams also commented on remarks by Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad warning Americans that the fight is coming to the U.S.
“He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts,” Williams said.
NPR issued a statement saying that it was “terminating” Williams’ contract over the remarks.
“Tonight we gave Juan Williams notice that we are terminating his contract as a senior news analyst for NPR News,” CEO Vivian Schiller and Senior Vice President for News Ellen Weiss said in a statement.
“Juan has been a valuable contributor to NPR and public radio for many years and we did not make this decision lightly or without regret. However, his remarks on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR,” they said. “We regret these circumstances and thank Juan Williams for his many years of service to NPR and public radio.”
The conversation with O’Reilly stemmed from a well-publicized argument the previous week between O’Reilly and “The View” hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg, who walked off their own set when O’Reilly said, “Muslims killed us on 9/11.”
The comment had been an explanation by O’Reilly why the majority of Americans don’t want a mosque housed in an Islamic cultural center built near Ground Zero.
The women, who argued that Oklahoma City bomber Tim McVeigh wasn’t a Muslim, returned after O’Reilly said that he was — perhaps inartfully — talking about Muslim extremists.
The conversation has been fodder for both shows. Goldberg appeared Wednesday night on “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren,” and said when she cursed at O’Reilly on air — a word that was bleeped for broadcast — she knew she was beyond reason and had to leave.
“He wasn’t thoughtful and he knew he wasn’t thoughtful and once he said, ‘if I offended someone I apologize’ … it showed me that he recognized it,” she said.
“But he knew that for us it was not ok. … He got what he wanted and I don’t feel bad about doing it. Should I have sat and just bit my tongue? I don’t think I could because it was too much like all the things I heard about black folks and women,” Goldberg said, adding that she has no hard feelings and planned to appear on O’Reilly’s show in a few weeks..
Williams, a liberal African American commentator who has written extensively on civil rights in America, previously got in trouble with NPR for comments he made while appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor” in February 2009. At that time, he described first lady Michelle Obama as having a “Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress thing going.”
Carmichael was a black activist in the 1960s who coined the phrase “Black Power.”
After the Carmichael quote, Williams’ position at NPR was changed from staff correspondent to national analyst.
He has declined to comment since his dismissal.