At least, it’s okay if the speaker is black and a good Democrat.
Good to know, don’t you think?
Professor Sundiata Cha-Jua, a history and African-American studies professor at the University of Illinois Urban-Champaign, referred to Republican Georgia U.S. Senate candidate as “incompetent, subliterate and coonish” in a column for The News-Gazette.
Coonish! “Coon,” dictionaries tell us, is “a contemptuous term used to refer to a Black person.” It is no better than “nigger,” it’s just avoided the publicity. Calling a black individual a “coon” is as racially denigrating as one can get; it meets the legal definition of “fighting words.” Yet the professor has not received any backlash from students at his university, nor faculty, nor administration. A white professor who made similar statements about, say, Barack Obama, would have to join witness protection.
In the same column, this esteemed prof, who teaches “antiracism,” compared a black Republican named Terence Stuber to a slave because he is running to be Champaign County Clerk against a black Democrat.
“What type of Black Republican is Stuber?,” Cha Jua wrote. “He was recruited by White Republican leadership to run against Ammons, the only African American clerk in Champaign County history… Stuber reiterates “massa” Trump’s talking points. Intimating fraud, he cast aspersions on the 2020 elections….His words and deeds indicate he’s a genuine MAGA Black White supremacist.”
That last paragraph just marks Cha Jua as an leftist, Trump-Deranged asshole, and university faculties are necessarily teeming with them. The “coon” slur, however, warrants school discipline, and if I were in charge, firing. It harms the school, impugns the judgment of leadership for hiring such a creep, and intimidates students, including black students who dare to be conservative. I find Walker to be a bottom-of-the barrel candidate, but he does not deserve to be subjected to racist slurs in public and in the media.
No competent editor would have allowed that word to remain in the column. On the plus side, now we know how much The News-Gazette can be trusted to be professional, fair and objective.
Still, I am seeing the silver lining in the Left’s jumping the progressive shark so disgracefully in the run-up to Tuesday. It is showing us pretty clearly that in 2022, progressives and Democrats have jettisoned ethics, standards, integrity, responsibility, patriotism, belief in the Constitution, their classic liberal foundation, all of it, just to hold power “by any means necessary.” I suspect, and I hope, that the American public will remember, and learn. The party and its allies have told us, loudly and distinctly, that they cannot be trusted, that they must not be trusted.