We try to stay out of the muck here on the Spectacle Blog, but it’s Friday, and this one was too outrageous to ignore.
MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson made a comment yesterday that should have fueled mass outrage.
After Clarence Thomas voted with the majority to strike down the section of the Voting Rights Act requiring certain jurisdictions to receive pre-clearance before making any changes to voting laws, Dyson said of Thomas: “A symbolic Jew has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit holocaust and genocide upon his own people.”
This comment drew outrage from the conservative media, but it has been ignored everywhere else. How is it that Paula Deen, a chef, can get fired for saying the N-word decades ago, but the mainstream media doesn’t care that Dyson, who is supposedly a serious political commentator, made this comparison?
And what if a conservative commentator had said something similar? The media would be up in arms. But with Dyson’s comment, they couldn’t care less.
I agree with the Supreme Court’s decision, but that is largely irrelevant here. Eleven million people were killed in the Holocaust, 6 million of them Jewish. Even in the worst-case scenario, I’m fairly certain that 6 million African-Americans will not be killed as a result of Thomas’ opinion.
Dyson’s comment is irresponsible and incredibly offensive. So why is the media ignoring it?