Black journalist Chuck Stone was one of those people whose passing makes us think, “We shall not see his like again.”
He was passionately interested in racial issues but he was never a race hustler. He followed nobody’s party line but called the issues as he saw them.
Chuck Stone was a three-dimensional man, not like the cardboard cutouts with standard-issue liberal talking points that we see too often in the media today.
He was with the liberals on many issues, but he did not hesitate to advocate the death penalty, and he said: “We have got to stop apologizing for the self-destructive little savages in our communities.” He called the defense of such people “committing genocide against ourselves.”
Journalism was just one of his careers. At various times and places, Stone was a navigator for the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, and later an official of CARE, distributing food to the hungry in India. With a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, he sometimes taught at colleges.
Newsweek called Chuck Stone “an unpredictable political pundit and modern-day Renaissance man.”