The other day, Arsalan Iftikhar, an American international human rights lawyer, went on MSNBC to discuss Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s comments about Muslim ‘no-go zones’ in Europe. He remarked “I think Gov. Jindal is protesting a bit too much, he might be trying to, you know, scrub some of the brown off of his skin as he runs to the right in a Republican presidential exploratory bid.”
This is absolutely disgusting. For some reason, some liberals think that because they have created a narrative of the ‘anti-minority right wing’, they have a free pass to be racist, because they can’t possibly…be racist. This is the exact kind of attack that we have seen over and over again on non-white conservatives who choose to espouse non-liberal views. How dare they!!!!
Remember when Rob Parker, an ESPN commentator, attacked Redskins’ QB RGIII for not being black enough?:
Or when the guests on Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC show mocked Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandchild?:
Or last August when Harry Reid made offensive comments about Asians to the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas?:
“One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight,” Reid told the crowd as he leaned into the microphone.
The Asian Pacific American Advocates released a statement blasting Reid for his “racist and disgusting” comments.”
This is unacceptable. Progressives have scapegoated Republicans as the ‘racist party’ and so real racism is now often not addressed and liberals get away with saying the most vile of things, and often are applauded for doing it. To the credit of MSNBC they have promised to cut ties with Iftikhar, ESPN got rid of Parker, and Reid and Harris-Perry both issued apologies. Nonetheless, more often than not, I’ll hear someone who claims to be a liberal make offensive comments, because they feel entitled to do so, and face no consequences for saying such things. And unfortunately, more than anywhere else, this problem is ubiquitous in the academic world.