Funny thing about freedom of speech. In America you can speak freely, but not too freely. Juan Williams should not have been fired. Williams verbalized something that many Americans feel. On September 11, 2001 our country lost its innocence. We were attacked by radical extremists who were Muslims. Since that time we have been afraid of Muslims. We know not all Muslims are extremists, but that does not make our fears dissipate. Williams had the audacity to say he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb board a plane in which he will be a passenger. National Public Radio dismissed him over expressing an honest emotion. This afternoon I did something I rarely do. I watched Fox News because Juan Williams also works for them. They had CAIR (Council of American-Islamic Relations) Communication Director, Ibrahim Hooper as their guest. CAIR had called for action from NPR over Williams’ remarks. Megyn Kelly is an afternoon anchor on Fox News, but she greeted Hooper which such hostility and contempt it was difficult to watch the interview. The first question she asked Hooper was if he was happy that NPR had fired Williams. Hooper attempted to give a composed response, but she seemed intent on trying to illicit a one word response. It was an opportunity to listen to a real conversation, but it was squandered because Kelly had an ax to grind. After the interview I visited the CAIR website and I found this statement regarding the organization. CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. CAIR did not call for the termination of Williams they wanted something to be done. It is ironic that an organization that wants to protect the civil liberties of their members and empower Muslims and promote mutual understanding would be comfortable watching Williams lose his job over given an honest opinion.
NPR Should Not Have fired Juan Williams
By musesofamom, on October 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm, under Ebony Mom Politics. Tags: African American, African Americans, Barack Obama, black america, black men, Black women, CAIR, cbs, CNN, Current Events, Democratic Party, Democrats, entertainment, Fox News, gop, juan williams, Juan Williams fired, media, megyn kelly, Michael Baisden, Morning Joe, MSNBC, Muslims, national Public Radio, nbc, News, npr, politics, race, racism, Republicans, Tom Joyner, Tom Joyner Morning Show. 12 Comments
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