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The ‘Racism’ Wrecking Ball
National Review Online, by John Fund

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Posted By:MissMolly, 12/30/2013 5:13:07 AM

Would America be better off if the Outrage Industry went on a diet for New Year’s? We just spent much of December quacking and arguing way too much about the views of Phil Robertson, one of the stars of the Duck Dynasty reality-TV series. Most of the attention focused on Robertson’s harsh, mean-spirited comments about gays and on the subsequent, short-lived decision of the cable network A&E to suspend him. But people saved plenty of ire for his comments, offered in an interview with GQ magazine, that when he grew up in Louisiana in the 1950s he never saw “the mistreatment

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 12/30/2013 6:50:36 AM     (No. 9672410)

Oooooh! "(H)arsh, mean-spirited comments about gays…." Strike a nerve, John-Boy?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: skedaddle, 12/30/2013 6:57:26 AM     (No. 9672411)

Now I remember why I haven´t subscribed to National Review since before Buckley died.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 12/30/2013 6:59:35 AM     (No. 9672412)

Reading the entire article is usually helpful in forming an intelligent comment.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 12/30/2013 7:11:59 AM     (No. 9672428)

#3 Read the whole article...now may I comment or will it be censured also out of hand?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: philsner, 12/30/2013 8:00:32 AM     (No. 9672491)

#4, Sarah Palin supports Phil Robertson. That explains #3´s condescension.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: philsner, 12/30/2013 8:06:48 AM     (No. 9672510)

Fund says that liberal pundits went "way over the top", but that does not change his judgement that Robertson´s blunt defense of Christian teaching is "mean spirited".
I suppose one could say the same thing about many of Jesus´ sermons and admonitions. One would be wrong.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/30/2013 8:13:39 AM     (No. 9672518)

I had to grin at #1´s comment, because those of us with longer memories recall Mr. Fund´s dueling females mini-scandal.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: horacer, 12/30/2013 8:27:14 AM     (No. 9672555)

I concur with Fund and #7. Racism has become a club the left wields when it has no intellectual argument to present. John Fund, the man accused of knocking up his girlfriends mom, gay. That would have been a good defense.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Catherine, 12/30/2013 8:36:14 AM     (No. 9672575)

I grew up in Louisiana. I can tell you what Phil meant. He meant that blacks and whites worked together everywhere, even in the fields. Everyone was on a level that even tho life was hard and most were poor, there was satisfaction in their jobs and family life. No one, and I mean no one, whined about being a slave. I never heard that until the Hollywood media started reliving the 1800´s and decided all black people need to carry that chip around for another hundred years. There´s a lot of money to be had in civil rights. Jackson and Sharpton´s job is to keep the dialog going that racism is alive and well and ´we have a lot more work to do.´ No, you´ve done enough.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 12/30/2013 8:40:18 AM     (No. 9672581)

#5/6: Next time you´re in the vicinity of West Monroe, Louisiana, I´ll introduce you to Phil and a couple of his brothers.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: StuartL, 12/30/2013 9:17:45 AM     (No. 9672638)

Except for the first sentence, this first ’graf is one you’d expect to see in Mother Jones or the Nation. Anything coherent Fund may have had to say about imputed racism was obviated by this gratuitous swipe at Phil and I Corinthians.

More proof that NRO’s thinking has become, as they used to say in the Evil Empire, unsound.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Grace Veritas, 12/30/2013 9:22:22 AM     (No. 9672648)

As noted, everyone notices (and was meant to notice) Fund making sure that he got on record distancing himself from Robertson´s "gay" comments. I´m amazed that he seems to have just discovered that the racism charge is the nuclear option. Who knew? Everybody but Fund, apparently.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/30/2013 9:39:46 AM     (No. 9672673)

#9 I can elaborate. I grew up in deep south Louisiana in the fifties and what Phil Robertson expounded on is true.
My Uncle owned a car wrecking yard all his employees were black except for his brother in law and his son who worked there. I/we (friends and my brother) used the place as our playground. Many of those friends were from ´across the tracks´ which were very near by. Those friends who were black and my age were just that, friends. They were always at our house where we played marbles, tops and worked on bicycles. We were all barefooted and rode bikes and dressed alike. There was no rich or poor. I even worked in the wrecking yard with one of my ´mentors´ who was black and older than me. I was not in my teens yet.
There was no talk of slavery or oppression suffered by any of them at the hands of whites.
On a return trip to Louisiana just recently after my father passed while cleaning his house out, (we lived next door to the wrecking yard) a Suburban Chevy pulled in the driveway, it was my ´mentor´ from long ago. As we sat and talked he also lamented the sad state of all the racism and was as puzzled as I am. Before my friend left he said we are all family and we have to stick together. He forever appreciated the work my uncle gave him. He owns his own wrecking yard and repair shop today with his sons.
I am not a racist but Obama and his presidency sure frazzles my nerves. I refuse to be called one but I will speak my mind like Phil Robertson.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: philsner, 12/30/2013 11:00:57 AM     (No. 9672797)

# 10, I would love to meet them. But that opportunity doesn´t change anything Fund said or mitigate your bias concerning Palin. I detect some obfuscation.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: saguni, 12/30/2013 11:55:04 AM     (No. 9672877)

I´d like to look at this from an angle that hasn´t been mentioned in any article I have read. Phil was recounting a personal memory from his childhood.

1) How often would an average adult make a complaint to a child with no power to cause a change in the status quo? The premise is ridiculous on its face.

2) Singing while working sets up a cadence or rhythm that makes the repetitive motions move faster with more co-ordination, more work is accomplished with less effort. Millions of workers have known this and, especially in field work, use it to finish their day less exhausted. Apparently, no one in the media has ever worked a repetitive job, rowed a boat in competition, or marched in formation.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: MissMolly, 12/30/2013 12:05:15 PM     (No. 9672887)

#5/6/14, I doubt you know as much about other posters as you would like us to believe. As for me, I´ve always liked John Fund and I have no idea what you believe Sarah Palin has to do with Fund´s column.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: philsner, 12/30/2013 4:11:37 PM     (No. 9673198)

I have no problem with Fund until he implies that defending Christian belief is "mean spirited". I have a big problem with that.
And I know as much about other posters as you do. I read what they write.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: philsner, 12/30/2013 4:13:31 PM     (No. 9673200)

Sarah Palin has nothing to do with Fund´s column. And I never said it did.

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