Skip to comments.Juan Williams: Treatment of Condi Rice by Rutgers a hateful liberal double standard
Posted on 03/07/2014 9:28:44 AM PST by SeekAndFind
The rejection of Condoleezza Rice as a commencement speaker at Rutgers by its faculty council won’t surprise many Hot Air readers. It doesn’t surprise Fox News commentator and generally liberal Juan Williams, but he’s not shrugging it off, either. Williams, who has written about the shocking treatment of black conservatives by his supposedly enlightened liberal brethren, makes sure to note this episode as yet another marker in a long arc of hatred and bigotry against African-Americans who dare to challenge liberal orthodoxy — even Juan Williams himself:
There is a disgraceful double standard amongst liberals, particularly those in academia, in the hatred they direct at black conservatives.
We saw this last April when the conservative neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson was forced to step down as a Commencement Speaker for Johns Hopkins University (where he ably served as the head of pediatric neurosurgery).
Liberals on the Hopkins campus mobilized against Carson because he criticized President Obamas health care reform law and said that he opposed gay marriage.
I am not a conservative but I have spoken out for years against the staggering amount blind hatred directed at black conservatives by liberals.
Liberals are shockingly quick to demean and dismiss brilliant black people like Rice, Carson, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Professor Walter E. Williams and economist Thomas Sowell because they dont fit into the role they have carved out for a black person in America.
Black Americans must be obedient liberals on all things or risk being called a race traitor or an Uncle Tom.
In part, this is a power play more than anything else. The faculty at Rutgers don’t want to deal with people who oppose their preferred policies, or more importantly, cause others in their little bubbles to think critically about the only sanctioned ideology in those bubbles, either. In that sense, there is no double standard at work here — Jim DeMint and John Bolton would be just as unwelcome at Rutgers as Condoleezza Rice is and Clarence Thomas would be.
That is in itself a double standard. The same faculty who would protest if pushed out the door of their sinecures over political disagreements as a violation of academic freedom suddenly refuse to offer that same courtesy to the administration in its choice of commencement speakers, or to invited guests of the university. Rather than simply declien to attend or encourage others to do the same, they want heterodoxy silenced. ‘Freedom for thee but not for me’ is hardly a consistent approach to liberty, but it’s at least consistent with the sanctioned ideology they’re protecting.
Still, the vitriol of the reactions to Rice, Thomas, Scott, and the rest goes beyond even that double standard. The attacks on them as Uncle Toms and house slaves (and worse) show the place that politics and identity hold in the progressive mindset. It’s inexplicable to progressives that a black man growing up in the South might value individual liberty over group identity and be suspicious of government power, and so the only explanation for Clarence Thomas is that he’s insufficiently black. It’s not just on ethnicity, either, but also on gender. Take a look at the unhinged and ignorant rant by Jamie Stiehm attacking Sonia Sotomayor for her insufficient woman-ness by issuing a temporary stay in the Little Sisters of the Poor case against the HHS mandate. Steihm couldn’t be bothered to do even minimal research before branding Sotomayor a gender traitor over a meaningless pause in enforcement.
What is it called when someone assumes that people have to act and believe in a certain way based on the color of their skin or the composition of their genitals? The word is on the tip of my tongue …
Juan Williams is a double standard.
He said “Hateful Liberal Double Standard” as if the phrase already existed. Yet, I’m guessing this is the first time he’s used it. Has a white person ever been victim of a hateful liberal double standard? Here’s Juan’s thinking: “I’m all for the hateful liberal double standard until it happens to one of my people.”
“There is a disgraceful double standard amongst liberals, particularly those in academia, in the hatred they direct at black conservatives.”
How Juan can state such an obvious truth and yet remain liberal is just a total mystery.
Condi Rice is more of a centrist conservative if that so the DemRat elitists are not so universally accepting are they?
Censors run the universities-—not liberal more like communist hardliners.
RE: She’d be sure to use a number of multi-syllabic words in her address
Now that would be interesting... could you share some of them?
That's where he makes his money. Just like O'Reilly pretending he's some kinda' conservative. Take away their pretenses, and they'd be unemployed.
Isn’t Rutgers the undergraduate alma matter of the great economist — Milton Friedman?
From Wiki...."After several years of closure resulting from an economic depression after the War of 1812, Queen's College reopened in 1825 and was renamed Rutgers College in honor of American Revolutionary War hero Colonel Henry Rutgers (17451830). According to the Board of Trustees, Colonel Rutgers was honored because he epitomized Christian values...."
Until Lieberals polluted and ruined the place..
When ideologues suppress free speech, ignore it, or twist it to fit their ideology,they have the reactionary attitude of intellectual Luddites.
Juan’s biggest flaw as a commentator is that he dismisses others ideas with his usual “I don’t believe that for a second!”
I watched Juan last night defend Dr. Rice. His defense was adequate, measured and delivered without emotion.
“Racisism” has essentially lost its meaning when used by The Left.
Perhaps different, more specific terms should be used, such as Ideological Prejudgment, or Anti-Conservative Bigotry?
BTW, I am motivated by my terminal case of Anti-Commie Bigotry.
Juan does have a book out on societal rejection, but I have not read it, so I can’t comment further.
Sure,she might say:
"The amateurish foreign and defense policies of our monarchical Chief Executive have,regrettably,led to the annexation of a sovereign nation by a far more powerful neighbor."
Even clueless MorJuan Williams noticed...
“If she is truly on the fence about a White House run, I would suggest she go for it if for no other reason than to rub it in the faces of these pompous jackass professors.”
I’d vote for her.
Condoleeza rice is pro-choice.
That's where he makes his money.
He is the semi-polite, some time semi-logical, black liberal at FNC.
If he were conservative, he'd be out shined by Ben Carson, Congress critters West & Scott, Economist Williams & Sowell, Justice Thomas and on and on, because in fact, Juan is not too bright.
He is smart enough to realize where and how he can extend his TV career and be on the top paying channel.
How long would Juan last at cnnmsnbc and even if he did last, with their ratings, they pay their staff with EBT cards.
That’s not good. She is pro-Second Amendment.
Virtually everything liberals do is a hateful double standard
Juan Williams is as big an ass as Obama
Liberals and blacks are mean and vicious to blacks who think for themselves.
Well at least he does have some standards.
“How Juan can state such an obvious truth and yet remain liberal is just a total mystery.”
If Condoleezza Rice were a white person he wouldn’t have defended her. Imagine Sarah Palin in her place. Would Juan defend her?
Juan always wears his NAALCP blinders. Strange, I agree with you, since he was let go by NPR for making racist allegations.
The misogynist racists in the Rutgers faculty have managed to bar an accomplished black woman from giving a commencement speech. Bet they’re proud of themselves!
Indeed he is. He’s been taught about the liberals a few times, the hard way, yet sticks with them. Either “battered wife syndrome” or dumber than a box of rocks. I honestly can’t say.
That is simply not true. While Juan Williams may have a lot of kneejerk reactionary opinions typical of Beltway liberals, he is unfailingly gentlemanly even when the debate gets heated, and a good sport when conservatives tease him for being a liberal on O'Reilly or The Five. He seems a genuinely good-natured person. And give him time. Since his firing from public television for saying something politically incorrect, his reconstruction as a conservative is underway. Part of what's holding him back is this issue under discussion, the vilification blacks can expect from other blacks if they dare to think independently. It would affect his family and friends. He is working his way to his Road to Damascus moment. I had mine in pre-law class when reading some of the ridiculous rationalizations in Supreme Court affirmative decisions.
Wake up, Juan. “Hateful Double Standard” is one of the standards democrats have been living by for decades.
Juan is at least consistently selective with his outrage.
C’mon Juan, Donald Rumsfeld would have gotten the same treatment.