Racism pays at Columbia University and the Huffington Post.
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Hill’s list is the sort of worthless tripe we’ve all come to expect from Columbia University professors (which is why I donate no money to my alma mater.) Nevertheless, it’s a sad reminder that race relations in this country are kept strained far more by “respectable” blacks than by any mainstream whites. A white person who wrote a color-reversed analogue to Hill’s article would instantly, and deservedly, lose respectability. Yet Hill doesn’t just get away with this damaging garbage; he is fêted for it, with Ebony magazine calling him “Bold and Beautiful.”
Indeed, how could a “hip-hop intellectual” not be oh-so-respected by all of us? Must not the author of “Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education” be revered as an expert on race, a fount of wisdom about conservative white people, and eagerly sought out by media and academia alike to pontificate on items completely outside of his tremendously valuable expertise in the “anthropology of education”?
Perhaps his past lecture on “The Importance of the Nation of Islam to Hip-Hop Culture” (again, I kid you not) made Bill O’Reilly think that he should discuss Iran with Dr. Hill. I hear rapper Jay-Z (whom Hill calls a “public intellectual”) is big in Tehran’s famously raucous nightclubs.
When I make any comment about race on the radio, such as about how the welfare state tends to keep black people poor or how the war on drugs is a racist policy, I always get at least one call excoriating me for daring to put myself in a black man’s shoes (even though that isn’t what I am doing and even though I am arguing that certain government policies are harming blacks disproportionately). Yet Hill is somehow Carnac the Magnificent when it comes to telling the world what white people think — and that they think it because they are white.
This cannot remain acceptable in America — by which I do not mean that Hill should not be heard, but rather than he should not be heard without the challenges he so richly deserves.
The media and Columbia University do the nation a disservice by giving this transparently racist pseudo-intellectual an uncontested platform from which to further divide the nation and harm American education at all levels. While one would hope that our fellow citizens are smart enough to see through Mr. Hill, to see how his words rip off our nation’s slowly healing race scabs, I am skeptical, particularly with the general lack of skeptical voices questioning Hill’s rhetoric, motivation, and destructive impact.
Other than asking Hill about Iran, Bill O’Reilly is better than his usual populist self when it comes to his occasional debates with Hill, standing up against the race-hustler’s baseless charges of congenital racism among non-liberal whites. Even after Fox News “fired” Hill in 2009 for his support of two convicted cop-killers, O’Reilly had him back on the air, including again this year.
Yet the fact that so-called “conservative” O’Reilly has given so much airtime to the race-conspiracy-minded Hill was lost on equally race-minded Ebony magazine interviewer dream hampton (lack of capitalization being how she spells her own name) who, in her January 2012 interview with Hill, framed a question, without a trace of irony, thus: “Your TV career began and flourished at Fox, who are notorious for their bias.”
If Mark Lamont Hill thinks writing about “overrated white people” is funny, that says a lot about the man. If he was serious, it says even more.
To Dr. Hill I say: Racist, heal thyself.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?