Ethics Rant Of The Month: Ty Smith

A few notes:

  • Smith, a father attending a school board meeting in Illinois, gave his rapid fire dissection of Critical Race Theory, and the video has “gone viral.”
  • They have played it on Fox News, naturally. Why wouldn’t it be equally worthy of airing on other news shows? The show kitten videos on HLN, and SNL skits on NBC and CNN. I’d say this is more germane to understanding current events.
  • Smith is conservative radio talk show host, which, as I read some comments on line, means that his opinion here should be discounted. Why?

9 thoughts on “Ethics Rant Of The Month: Ty Smith

  1. “They have played it on Fox News, naturally. Why wouldn’t it be equally worthy of airing on other news shows?”
    Answer…Because, apparently according to other “news” shows, POC don’t disagree with any part of CRT…so therefore, this never happened.

  2. It was kind of hard to follow Smith’s rapid fire delivery in the video but his rage at what is happening in public and private schools is easy to understand. He clearly recognizes that Critical Race Theory is total bullshit that will ultimately harm and lead to more tribalism that will destroy the fabric that binds us all together.

  3. I had to watch it twice to get all of Smith’s comments. Can this help put CRT to bed? At least he stood up for what he believes. Do you know what happened in his school district?

  4. “They have played it on Fox News, naturally. Why wouldn’t it be equally worthy of airing on other news shows?”

    It shouldn’t have played on Fox.

    I want to be clear: I don’t disagree with what the guy was saying, I just don’t think “black man says thing I agree with” is such a unicorn it’s newsworthy.

    One of the worst trends to come out of conservative politics in the last couple of years is to put up on a pillar any minority person that will say things that conservatives agree with. I think it’s a reactionary measure; Progressives say we’re racist, sexist, or homophobic, so we go out of our way to find female/minority/gay people to platform in order to prove we aren’t.

    And don’t get me wrong, there are great examples of conservative women, Nikki Haley is my spirit animal. There are great examples of black conservatives, Clarence Thomas, off the top of my head. And there are great examples of gay conservatives, like Me, obviously Peter Thiel. These are people who do good things and happen to be gay… How many times did Clarence Thomas include the words “as a black man” in his opinions?

    Without this phenomenon, we wouldn’t have people like Candace Owens, and Dave Rubin wouldn’t be nearly as successful as he is. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think they’re bad people, I just don’t think they’re smart, funny, or talented enough to get space in conservative media absent these identity markers that conservatives seem especially hungry for. In the same category, but much more damaging, are people like Milo Yiannopolous, who fell from grace after saying that it was the altar boys that were preying on the priests (I’m only slightly exaggerating), or Kim Klacik, Who inferred on Twitter that we couldn’t trust Mitch McConnell, and a slew of other people, because their spouses were Chinese (Which is both ignorant and factually wrong… Despite Klacik also writing “I just write facts” in each Tweet, McConnell’s wife is from Taiwan.).

    Again… Conservatism seems to think it owes proof to progressives that we aren’t sexist/racist/phobic/whatever. We don’t. We really don’t. And even if you want to make the argument, and it’s a good argument, that minority people might be turned off by a perceived lack of representation in the party… The way to combat that isn’t to tokenize marginal voices to try to shoehorn diversity in.

    • I don’t think that’s why you play it. You play it because the Left terms any criticism of certain groups as proof of bigotry, sexism or racism. Calling out CRT is supposedly white supremacy in action. An articulate and passionate speaker who isn’t white eliminates that line of attack. Although one example doesn’t prove anything, the CRT controversy is being framed a a black activists vs white racists battle. That’s false. This clip helps chip away at the lie.

      • Does it though?

        Does finding a random black person at a PTA meeting that says things conservatives agree with, and then platforming him into the stratosphere really make that argument? Or does it just highlight how shallow the bench is?

        And, just for the record: He wasn’t that great a speaker. I think you’re mistaking passion for articulation. I’m sure that he spoke more clearly than most the rest of the people at that PTA meeting, but when you get to the level of national discourse, I’d put this guy under Colin Kaepernick.

  5. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, puts a hitch in Lefty’s Hempen Homespun more than a minority with the temerity to stray from the VictimHoodie narrative and speak for himself.

    And no Uncle Ty (ala Uncle Tim [Scott]) hashtag trending?

  6. Actually there’s plenty of them: For example Leo Terrell, Larry Elders (who has been a talk show host in LA since the 80s and a very articulate one), and Clarence Page.

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