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""Jon Stewart, you often offer a left wing critique of American policy and political culture—something I look forward to after along day of living in a place still littered with Confederate flags. To say I was disappointed in your rally and your closing speech would be, to say the least, an understatement.(not that we entirely agree, but...let's not mistake corporate hedonism and celebrity pandering for authentic progressive values)
In fact, I was sickened at drastic swing to the right:
“There are terrorists and racists and Stalinist and theocrats but those are titles that must be earned. You must have the resume. Not being able to distinguish between real racists and Tea Partiers or real bigots and Juan Williams and Rick Sanchez is an insult, not only to those people but to the racists themselves who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate."Well, Jon: the Tea Party is racist and Juan Williams is a bigot. When the Tea Party scapegoats Latino immigrants, they are being racist. Sharron Angle, the Tea Party candidate running for Senate in Nevada, tried to win the Latino vote by suggesting that many Latinos “looked Asian”—Asian of course, being the almost-good-enough-to-be-white-since-we’re-not-interring-the-Japanese-anymore model minority. In other words, something to which every person of color should aspire.
Juan Williams is also a bigot, which Merriam-Webster defines as “a person intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions or prejudices, especially one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance.” Williams, by stating that people in “Muslim garb” make him feel nervous, equated “Muslim” with “terrorist.” By “admitting his nervousness,” Williams legitimized state racism on national television, so how on earth do you separate his actions from bigotry?""
This turn of affairs was worse than I could have imagined. I knew your rally would be a run to center, but I didn’t know you were going to go diving for a warmonger’s foul ball in right field...