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June 30, 2007

Are 'Blacks too 'emotional' to obey rules'?

So Blacks are unable to control themselves? At least one Black moderator thinks so.

The moderator of Thursday's Democrat presidential debate was asked by C-Span host Brian Lamb why he didn't enforce a no-applause rule for his PBS-sponsored debate like other debate formats; moderator Tavis Smiley replied: "Because black people are an emotional people. I know it wouldn't have worked."

Smiley says the black audience attending the 90-minute session at Howard University would not have listened or complied with such a request for silence, suggesting African-Americans are unable to control themselves.

He made the remarks on Friday morning's Washington Journal program aired on C-Span.

Interestingly, Smiley is a black talk show host and liberal political activist, and as WND points out in their piece, made the observation in the wake of widespread violence during Juneteenth celebrations across the nation: "Police reported stabbings, shootings and beatings - including the fatal mob beating of a Hispanic man - at festivals commemorating the black holiday in Milwaukee, Wis.; Austin, Texas; Syracuse, N.Y.; and other cities."

IMHO, surely there is a cohort of the Black population that does behave in such a manner suggested by Smiley - but surely not all, and if a white guy had said the same thing it would be considered by the media, Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton as racist. Yet observation of a pattern of behavior in a sub-segment of a population should be treated nothing more than what it is - an observation, regardless of who says it.



Posted by Abdul at June 30, 2007 8:32 AM






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