From The Ethics Alarms “Outrageous Double Standards” File: The Washington Post Gives A Vocal Anti-Semitic Politician A Pass

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!

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30 responses to “From The Ethics Alarms “Outrageous Double Standards” File: The Washington Post Gives A Vocal Anti-Semitic Politician A Pass

  1. This is an example of the soft-racism of low expectations you find endemic across the board. A white guy says something like that, he’s a virulent racist who *has to* know better. A black guy says something like that, well, it’s ok, he just doesn’t know, he means well.

    Soft racism.

    It’s that kind of group coddling that allows people like Ta-Nehisi Coates to be extolled as an intellectual throughout many circles when evidence shows that he, individually, is not a thinking man at all.

    • (all while actual African American intellectuals like John McWhorter and Thomas Sowell are disregarded because they blow out of the “low expectation” mold)

    • I think that’s right, it is soft racism. The whole Post attitude toward the DC government is soft racism.

      • I mean… No… This is worse than soft racism.

        “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….

        • God damned enter key.

          “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….”

          Ok… Let’s assume for a moment that you believe that someone who believes that (((The Rothschilds))) were controlling the weather to maintain control of American cities is speaking more from ignorance than from malice. Maybe they don’t KNOW that the Rothschilds are Jews! Maybe they just know the Rothschilds are rich! And it’s ok to hate rich people, right? Power Plus, right?

          Fine, the person isn’t an anti-Semite. Maybe. Whatever. Believing that ANYONE can control the weather so as to keep their dress shoe on the neck of the little guy HAS to be seen as objectively more stupid as not believing there’s such a thing as global warming, right? Because If The Jews are able to pull levers and fuck with the weather, then there is no global warming, they just need to turn down the dial, right?

          Democrats in DC just voted for someone who holds views so outlandish that one might reasonably question his sanity. They are forever ethically estopped from complaining about Republican reluctance to buy every new factiod pushed by the global warming narrative.

          Jesus.

          • It’s still soft racism on behalf of those “forgiving” this guy’s willfully obtuse and abject ignorance. They hold him to a lesser standard…

            Because he’s an African American.

            That’s soft racism.

            • You you think it’s because he’s African American though? Or is he just a Democrat?

              • No doubt there’s some intersectionality (groan) involved.

                • Given my experiences with Common Core, and progressive teaching methods, I believe this young man’s attitude and ignorance are a feature, not a bug.

                  This is the goal of progressive education.

                  • Chris

                    What are your experiences with Common Core?

                  • JP

                    I’m kind of with Chris on this one (though I’m not sure from his comments he is in support of common core). There is nothing wrong with the Common Core mandate. Though each state has a must meet a national standard (with what I think are very broad standards) The mandate gives a lot of power to the states in how it is enforced. Most of the anecdotes you see regarding CCSS are from the publishers in the books the individual’s states adopt.

                    To me, this is CCSS’s biggest flaw. How do you meet a national standard while still giving individual power to the states?

                    • Regardless of the lofty ideals that ANY progressive initiative begins with, they are never accountable for the results of their programs. And in practically every case the program is not only a failure, but actually hurts those they said it would help.

                      But we must judge their intentions and not their results.

                    • Chris

                      But you’re judging them on neither: your reason for hating Common Core is that the people who crafted it are (in your mind) progressives, therefore you know it must be bad.

                      That’s why you won’t give any actual reasons for its alleged badness.

                    • 1. I have plenty of reasons, I just choose not to debate a progressive Californian teacher who has no idea of conditions in Texas education and therefore has nothing but progressive hate to spread

                      2. I have the odds on my side: if you can name a progressive program that did not do as I stated, it would be very lonely in that position.

                    • PS. When do you find time to teach?

                      You post here a lot. Teachers in Texas don’t have that sort of free time, especially in the middle of the day when they have, like, students and grading to attend to.

  2. Michael R.

    This is perfectly predictable from the media. Remember the predictions and excuses of the media in the past. The New York Times on the Khmer Rouge taking over Cambodia headlined that “Indochina without Americans: for most, a better life.” While the bloodbath was going on, the op-ed page stated that it was “the only way to start on their vision of a new society” decrying critics for “cultural arrogance’ and imperialism. Walter Duranty wrote in the NYT that “Any report of a famine in (Stalin’s) Russia is today a total exaggeration or malignant propaganda.” Also written about Stalin’s policies, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.” This was Pulitzer-Prize winning stuff (seriously).

  3. Other Bill

    I’ve yet to determine when it is guys become adults in the media. This guy is “young.” Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin were just “children” or “my baby.” The high school kids at Parkland are children, unless they’re expressing opinions and then they are stunningly mature and profound beyond their years. Incredible hypocrisy.

    • In this case, it is like calling all black men “boys”.

      • My daddy can still call me a ‘boy’ without me resenting it. I have to remind myself that anyone else doing so is just trying to get at me. Them I can ignore.

        Calling someone a ‘boy’ is a slur in east and south Texas, at least where I grew up.

        • Other Bill

          Which is so ironic about infantilizing younger black guys. I remember hearing about old, black jazz guys talking about the origin of their calling each other “man.” It was their way of countering amongst themselves being annoyingly called “boy” by white people.

  4. Still Spartan

    I’m a little surprised by this too — whether it is ignorance or a deeply held belief, this guy shouldn’t be in government.

  5. luckyesteeyoreman

    Wow, I thought Ward 8 had gentrified a bit since I lived in the DC region during the 1990s. Maybe it has gentrified, but the old Barry voting majority is still there – or, is rigged to appear as if it is still there. Sparty dittoes my thoughts.

  6. Here's Johnny

    “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.”
     ” … 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.”

    I am astounded and dismayed by these two statements from The Washington Post editorial board.
    White will be 34 next month, just a few years shy of the median age of Americans, almost old enough to be president. People about half that age join our military and fight our wars. It’s eight years past the point when ‘children’ must come off their parents’ health insurance. But, okay, to people of my advanced age, he is very young.
    But, ignorant? Per his biography on the Council website (Wikipedia, too, where there’s some other ‘interesting’ stuff), he graduated with honors from high school and Magna Cum Laude with a BA from college. And, he pursued a masters degree for some time. Are we to believe that during those 8+ years, and during the last couple of years of “Republicans are Nazis” and “Trump is Hitler”, he learned nothing about the holocaust?
    The dismaying thing is that a publication such as WAPO would say a pass should be given. Why? And why should we trust the judgment of the WAPO editors when they show a complete lack of judgment here?

    • I hate to mention it, but the soft racism of lowered expectations means that many of the resume items can be granted instead of earned. This hurts rather than helps those who it purports to help.

      Many employers are either shunting suspect applicants into jobs where they are not expected to perform (and hired for diversity quotas) or will give a pre employment skills evaluation so they can have proof why they did not hire.

      Now women are being shunned the same way, but for a different reason: why hire someone who may make allegations decades later that can ruin your career?

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