From Huffington Post. . .
Posted: November 27, 2010 11:41 PM
Should Terry Gross Go The Way of Juan Williams?
Let's begin with the premise that no people, culture, religious, racial or ethnic group is by definition immoral. Not acknowledging this, at the core, is the problem with Juan Williams' gross generalization about Muslims that recently got him fired from National Public Radio (NPR). But if NPR's "Fresh Air" interview last week with the rapper Jay-Z about his new book Decoded is any indication, it's a message still lost on Terry Gross.. . .
Throughout her interview with Jay-Z, Gross kept returning the discussion to those places that reinforce the idea of Black culture as immoral and Black people as corrupt and/or corruptible. Such anti-Black arguments that once lived primarily in conservative public policy debates have now worked their way into national culture (especially in film, television, news media and politics) to the degree that these views are now widely accepted as the norm.
Argh!!! It's such a bitch for me to hear these white liberal granola chewers drone on and on in their nonthinking manner.
These granola chewing wite liberals are the same as the tobacco chewing white conservatives in one way; they have definite ideas that they believe to be absolutely correct and they never question the validity of those ideas.
We all grow up with prejudices. We are biased toward one thing or another on almost all levels.
Intellectual people who really try to see the reality of the world are constantly checking their beliefs against what they truly observe. There is a constant tweeking of their consciousness and conscience.
Know-it-all white people do not do this with any constancy. They have their beliefs, they can not deal with being wrong so they question nothing within themselves. Oh sure, sometimes they put on a front of humility for theater sake when they get backed against a wall, but that's the extent of it.
Are you checking and double checking what you believe against what you observe in reality?
Are you clinging to old ideas and picking and choosing the things you observe to force fit it to what you believe?
See, a good social mind is like science. You can't come up with an idea and force fit the facts to validate your lame idea. You have to get the facts and form your ideas around them while constantly questioning and double checking reality.
That's probably the real difference between mindless proles and people who think. That's the real reason why the main stream media villianizes intellectualism. Intellectuals think and evolve. Mindless proles just believe what they hear.