Ward 8 in the District of Columbia, where corrupt former mayor Marion Barry set up shot after getting out of prison, now has a Representative on the D.C. City Counsel who makes Barry look like Barack Obama as a statesman and Stephen Hawking as an intellect. This is Trayon White, who recently made the news after opining that “the Rothschilds” as in, “the Jews “control the weather to own the cities.” After an apology, he took a tour of the Holocaust Museum, and embarrassed himself further, asking some bizarre questions before leaving the tour early.
So what was the Washington Post editorial page’s reaction to this? Amazing…some high (low?)lights…
Many people were inclined to believe that D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) spoke from ignorance, not malice, when he talked about Jewish financiers controlling the weather. That was, and continues to be, our view….
So an elected city official is more ignorant than a stick of gum. The “Jews control the weather” line was scientifically ignorant, societally ignorant and historically ignorant, plus being so cretinous it hurts to read. At that point, does the distinction between malice and ignorance matter?
Mr. White, who joined the council last year, has attracted national attention because of his controversial remarks earlier this year suggesting Jewish control of climate and government. The furor had died down when The Post detailed an awkward visit to the Holocaust Museum by Mr. White and his staff. That Mr. White initiated the visit is to his credit, and a pass should be given to questions asked in earnest good faith but out of ignorance. Sadly, as shown by a recent survey, a lack of knowledge about the Holocaust is not uncommon in young Americans.
What? The man is an elected government leader! Government leaders have to know something. White’s questions (for example..shown a photo taken in 1935, that depicts a woman in a dark dress shuffling down a street in Norden, Germany wearing a large sign around her neck reading, “I am a German girl and allowed myself to be defiled by a Jew” as she is surrounded by Nazi stormtroopers, White asked his guide, “Are they protecting her?”) reveal a deep lack of knowledge or minimal historical education. He’s unqualified for office. What kind of defense is it that “young Americans” are ignorant of the Holocaust? This isn’t even an effective “Everybody does it” rationalization. He’s not a “young American,” he’s a City Council member. He’s supposes to lead “young Americans.”
And how many young Americans think that the Jews are controlling the weather?
For contrast and good laugh, read this defense of White, which is essentially identical to White’s own “I try to help the downtrodden, so it shouldn’t matter if I’m dumb as a brick” excuse. Back to the Post…
… More serious than this immature behavior is the $500 donation from his constituent services fund to a Nation of Islam convention where the group’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, lambasted Jews. Mr. White first denied knowing about the donation, which is being investigated by campaign finance officials, but defended it because members of the Nation do good work in his ward.
To be fair, this same excuse will be that of most of the Congressional Black Caucus, who generally, and often openly, think the Farrakhan is just swell
Mr. White’s threat to pack the council chambers may have achieved its intended effect. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) said there will be no reprimand. Mr. White posted on Facebook his thanks to “my colleagues for standing with me.” But it’s not a victory to take much pride in. If he wants to help his constituents in Ward 8, Mr. White should spend less time playing the victim and more time getting up to speed in his job.
Translation: Let’s get past all of the bigotry and hate, and beyond all of the accusations and rebuttals, and let the man do what he was elected to do, as well as this clown, who was elected by his constituents, rightly or wrongly, can do it.
Gee, what a refreshing and pragmatic position!