Friday, August 18, 2006

Rainbow Andy Young

"But you see those are the people who have been overcharging us — selling us stale bread, and bad meat and wilted vegetables. And they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they've ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs, very few black people own these stores."

When Mel Gibson ran into a redneck Jew in Malibu speed trap recently he was definitely drunk and disorderly when he mouthed off against Jews. Andy Young, it happens, was giving an on-the-record interview to the Los Angeles Sentinel. A presumably sober, though not an orderly diatribe in defense of Big Box Wal-Mart, his employer and exploiter of the working emigre.

Mel was promptly pilloried and persistently criticized--even his apology was scorned by the press and mauled by the media.

But Andy Young, big city mayor, civil rights stalwart, U.N. Ambassador, statesman, pastor, businessman and humanitarian has so far been given a free ride for his vicious and calculated commentary on ethnic emporia and their products. Is this an example of the vaunted liberal media bias, or simply a display of fear to call a spade a spade when the death card is dealt by a person of that hue?

I see Andy Young as being very lucky right now that he is not rich, famous and White in America or he would do worse than lose his job as shill for Wal-Mart.


At August 20, 2006 10:26 AM, Blogger Peter said...

The day of your post, the Washington Post had an article about his resignation from Walmart:

What I don't understand is your seeming need to defend Mel Gibson. Particularly in light of how the media retribution for Andrew Young was swift, your commentary notwithstanding.

At August 20, 2006 10:26 AM, Blogger Peter said...

Hrm. That link didn't work.

Washington post article

At August 20, 2006 1:13 PM, Blogger BJMe said...

Interesting--you point out that the point of the article was Young's resignation from Wal-Mart; big deal. Hardly comparable to the scathing ridicule and condemnation that the media has heaped, and is still dumping on Gibson.

There was one little paragraph of criticism:
"Andrew Young is a nationally known civil rights leader. If anyone should know that these are the words of bigotry, anti-Semitism and prejudice, it's him," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "I know he apologized, but I would say this: ... During his years as a leader of the national civil rights movement, if anyone would utter remarks like this about African-Americans, his voice would be the first to rise in indignation."

Wow! What rough talk--not. And not at all a media retribution to Young. Check out what all the Rabbis and commentators - including The Bad Reporter - have been publishing about Mel these past weeks for a comparison. Another comparison, which I made, is that Gibson was a drunk, stopped and arrested when caught speeding on an empty highway at 2:30AM. This is hardly a position in which one wants to be held accountable for his language. Andy Young, on the other hand, was calmly sitting in a newspaper office, spewing his hypocrisy to a friendly interviewer for publication.

I have no concern for Mel Gibson and nowhere in my post did I defend him, his drinking, his driving or his offensive language. That is your projection. Check it out. What you seem to really not understand is my aversion to bullshit, anywhere I smell it, but especially in the media and political arena. There is no defense in my post, only attack.

What I don't understand is how you don't see that the Rabbi's respectful slap on the Young wrist is repesentative of a chickenshit cop-out by our PC establishment and the media, and that you are not up in arms about that, yourself

I still have hope, however, that the Bad Reporter and the Daily Show will step up to the plate and find something as amusingly unpleasant about Andrew Young and his media coverage as they do Mel Gibson, the Bush Adminstration and their respective media detractors and supporters. If these two anti-establishment humorists don't give us a little critical comedy at Andy Young's expense, then we can write this one off as a pusillanimous cover up.


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