Ethics Quote of the Week: Ann Althouse


“It’s entirely fitting that her name should be forever linked to the motto “Racist and Proud,” because that isn’t a lie. It’s true. It is racist to press the racism template onto the Zimmerman story, and it is done with full intent to stimulate feelings of race-based anxiety in vulnerable minds. That is heartless and evil.”

—-Law professor/blogger Ann Althouse on the recent Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman Ethics Train Wreck passenger, progressive environmental activist Michele Renee. Renee attended a George Zimmerman support rally in Texas and held a sign reading “We’re Racist & Proud!” to falsely tar the group as racist

Althouse also writes of Renee,

“It’s a harsh consequence to become — for all time, on the web — Renee “Racist and Proud” Vaughan. She’s apologized — sorry she got busted. You know how apologies are. But I doubt that she’d be sorry if her trick had worked and amplified the legend of the racism of Zimmerman and his defenders.”

Michele Renee has written two extravagant apologies, but Althouse is right: they are unbelievable. This is signature significance: no honest, fair, decent and ethical person sets out to brand others as racist with a false flag stunt, not one, not as a mistake, not ever, because ethical people don’t have horrible ideas like that, or if they do, they certainly don’t act on them. Am I unfair to guess that her MSNBC-cheering colleagues and friends are giving her high fives and telling her “nice try”? I don’t think so. Althouse is correct: Renee’s actions smack of evil, and she arises out of an increasingly hateful and divisive culture on the left that seeks to demonize innocent people for the crime of not seeing the world their way.

Having said that, I find the whole idea of pro-Zimmerman rallies disturbing, offensive, and misguided. Rally for the jury system; rally against race-baiting; rally against the calculated and cynical racial politics of Obama and Holder. But Zimmerman, though he does not deserve to be a hunted man and the face of racial profiling, also doesn’t deserve any rallies. His reckless conduct got a young man killed. What is there to  support?


Sources: Althouse, Gateway Pundit (and Graphic)

20 thoughts on “Ethics Quote of the Week: Ann Althouse

      • Jack, to be fair (and to harbor some molecule of faith in humanity despite overwhelming evidence that justifies not doing so), the vast majority of the people who have attended “pro-Zimmerman” rallies have probably been there for the reasons you cite as ethical: for the jury system, against race-baiting, etc. Beware your own confirmation bias.

        You ask, “What is there to support [about Zimmerman]?” Again, to be fair (this time, to Zimmerman and to those who rightly pity him), what is wrong with actions to re-level the playing field of opportunity for an unfairly marked man, so that he can resume as normal a life as possible? I keep wondering, for example, who is going to hire a lightning rod like him, for any kind of work (except perhaps some shadowy soldier-of-fortune outfit)? If I knew of a trustworthy fund for his “re-patriation,” for enabling his safe transition into a new life of obscurity (which of course he would have to WANT), I would donate to it.

        • Confirmation bias? Those who protest inarticulately have no one to blame but themselves if their message is misunderstood. I’d protest to uphold the OJ verdict, and the principle of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, but oif I chose to do so in a pro-OJ rally, then I am making myself look like fan of bloody homicide. Those who don’t understand that you can defend Zimmerman against unfair persecution without “supporting” what he did are a great part of the communication problem.

          • Yes, those who suffer from confirmation bias have no one to blame but themselves for misunderstanding those who protest articulately. We might be talking past each other here in Charles Green-like territory. I’m saying you have to man-up and just endure being pelted by the rotten eggs of misunderstanding by the confirmation biased, and step out and speak out anyway. You must not let others’ self-blinded outrage or rage guide or dictate your action or inaction, especially when there is likely no better (or, “good”) opportunity to differentiate between what you are standing for and what those others wrongly think you are standing for. There are enough communication problems already, as a result of failures to support Zimmerman and what he did, despite whatever he seems not to have done right.

    • So because that dismally incompetent amateur President has such a low approval rating, people ought to falsely modify their opinions of someone else who has been horribly wronged by the main stream media and race-grievance/distrust-maintenance industry (which at this point includes the president)?

      I bet the approval rating of George Zimmerman would be considerably lower if the only thing people rated him on was the conduct of the tragic night. It doesn’t help when he becomes a sympathetic figure by an overly zealous DOJ or a willfully dishonest race-grievance industry.

      The approval of Zimmerman is a bit more complex than just analyzing his possible mistakes from the night in question.

  1. no honest, fair, decent and ethical person sets out to brand others as racist with a false flag stunt

    Was that actually her intention, though? In a video posted at Breitbart, Vaughan is open about the fact she’s not a Zimmerman supporter, and explains that her sign is mean to be “sarcastic”. The article also states that “[s]he also located herself quite clearly on the Trayvon Martin/New Black Panther Party-supporting side of the demonstration”. It seems quite likely that the misunderstanding was the result not of dishonesty on her part, but on extremely poor judgement (her mistake being to imagine that the subtext would be apparent from the slogan, and that details such as which protest she was part of would not get lost in the media’s game of Chinese whispers).

    • What would be the reaction if someone took that same sign and wandered into a Trayvon Martin/Panther Party rally? That type of race baiting would have gotten a lot more attention, and a lot of it, nastier

    • It’s possible that was her motive…I see no reason to give her the benefit of that doubt. She’s an activist; she knows about previous controversies over supposedly planted racist and Nazi signs in tea party rallies; false flag tactics are a Saul Alinsky staple. It says “We’re”, which means its a lie on its face, with her claiming membership in the group she’s attacking. Nope. That excuse won’t fly with me.

      • If it wasn’t her motive, then why did she give the interview to Breitbart? Why did she stand next to a black friend while doing it? Why did she stand with the anti-Zimmerman protesters rather than with the pros? If you think she did so with the knowledge that the media would in all likelihood portray her as a racist Zimmerman supporter anyway, bear in mind that if people like Vaughan actually knew the extent to which the left-wing media were willing to misrepresent the facts of the case, they probably wouldn’t still be fervently clinging to the anti-Zimmerman narrative.

        • Again, why do you think that? She clings to the anti-Zimmerman narrative for the same reason they all do: they need Zimmerman to be a racist, so they believe he is.

          I read her apologies to be an acknowledgment that it was a false flag operation. Otherwise, why didn’t she argue that her message was misunderstood? Certainly calling Zimmerman supporters racists wouldn’t mark her for special criticism—Chris Matthews does it every day.

      • If her excuse was, in fact, the truth, then why did she apologize? Twice. Most of us don’t go around apologizing for things we didn’t do.

    • Philwild: This has been bothering me for a while, so now I address it. With no relationship to your post, your avatar is pure unleaded nightmare fuel. That is all.

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