Williams Firing: Shirley Not Again

The left is doing to Juan Williams what the right did to Shirley Sherrod.


Williams is right about the bomber. When Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty in the Times Square plot, he told the court: “Brace yourselves, because the war with Muslims has just begun. Consider me only a first droplet of the flood that will follow me.” That isn’t a legitimate basis for judging all Muslims. But it is, as Williams said, a fact. And Williams’ confession that he fears religious Muslims isn’t necessarily an endorsement of bigotry. Remember what Jesse Jackson said 17 years ago: “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery — then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” Sometimes a confession of prejudice is part of a larger reflection on the perils of prejudice. That was true of Sherrod. And it’s true of Williams.

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