Wednesday, September 23, 2009

No Longer Reverse Racism, Just Racism

At Ace of Spades is an article about Obama's Head of Diversity at the FCC, Mark Lloyd. The article is sort of disjointed - it encompasses quotes from across time - but there are a few specifics that are interesting in relation to the liberal conception of freedom of speech (these are accumulated by Newsbusters across time, but paint a pretty bad picture):

"It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press. This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.


What we're really saying is that the Fairness Doctrine's not enough. And that having a sort of over-arching rule that says broadcasters ought to be "fair" or ought to provide issues important to communities and that they ought to do it in a fair and balanced way is simply enough. Unless you put some teeth into that and put some hard, structural rules in place that are going to result in fairness.


This... there's nothing more difficult than this. Because we have really, truly good white people in important positions. And the fact of the matter is that there are a limited number of those positions. And unless we are conscious of the need to have more people of color, gays, other people in those positions we will not change the problem.

We're in a position where you have to say who is going to step down so someone else can have power.


The conversation about how we communicate with each other despite being aware of the clear impressions that I know that I make in rooms that I walk into, when people hear my voice, is a challenge. How much do I express the... I think really pretty obvious complaints of black Americans in rooms full of whites....

There are few things I think more frightening in the American mind than dark skinned black men. Here I am.

This is a pretty good example of what is wrong with human rights commissions and diversity panels and free speech zones. Nobody is actually trying to enhance the first amendment through them. None of them are simply trying to guarantee the right to free expression. They are trying to bring about equality of speech: to make sure that regardless of circumstance or necessity, views are given equal time. People can say whatever they like, and for the most part do whatever they like, and that is protected. But that doesn't mean they are entitled to a forum in front of a large audience to expose those views or actions.

These gimmicks attempt to box in free speech for the purpose of enhancing expression. But the first thing to go inside of them is free speech. The next thing that happens is whoever is in charge of the commission or panel on free speech/diversity of thought immediately seeks out the most minor of viewpoints to exalt above the opinion that represents a plurality or majority. Not to give it equal time, but to exalt it above. After that, as Lloyd states, people who aren't in the preferred race, religion or sex category are pushed aside - from the radio, television, or their job - to make room for someone who is under-represented. There is no thought to the underlying problems that cause under-representation or why some groups of people haven't naturally gained a national forum. No thought to creating jobs, creating leaders, or sincere efforts to improve education in minority or low-income communities Parity and equality will solve the world's problems. Give more to unions, and make sure no one (individual or group) has, no matter how hard they worked to earn it, more than anyone else.

The Townhall and Teabag protestors are racist. Mark Lloyd, diversity czar, is full-on Counting Crows Colorblind.

Video of Lloyd yapping here:

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