Juan Gone

Ta-Nehisi Coates got a whiff of the NeoConfederates bemoaning the black community’s lack of attention to black-on-black crime in the wake of the Trayvon Martin lynching; specifically this wretched piece of cover fire from Juan Williams:

“But what about all the other young black murder victims? Nationally, nearly half of all murder victims are black. And the overwhelming majority of those black people are killed by other black people. Where is the march for them?”

TNC wasted very little time systematically dismantling both Williams’ viewpoint and his unwillingness to do actual journalism:

“This is an interesting question. It’s also one that Juan Williams, who’s been writing about race for almost three decades, should be able to answer. Moreover, Williams is an award-winning journalist. Should he not know the answer, it would suit him to do his job and find out.”

No less than seven examples later, the coup de grace:

There is a kind of sincere black person who really would like to see even more outrage about violence in black communities. I don’t think outrage will do it at this point, but I respect the sincere feeling. 
And then there are pundits who write more than they read, and talk more than they listen, and prefer an easy creationism to a Google search.

No gold star for Juan, but I guess the check still clears…


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