Still not sure what David Brooks is talking about

11 Nov

I’m not here to pile on David Brooks, a man who is far more intelligent and versed in the ways of the world than yours truly. But his latest column had me shaking my head more than once. Let me count the ways:

“A shroud of political correctness settled over the conversation. Hasan was portrayed as a victim of society, a poor soul who was pushed over the edge by prejudice and unhappiness.”

Is this true? Is anyone actually calling Hasan a victim of society? A victim of mental illness, maybe…I’m pretty sure I have heard a pundit or two make that remark. But of society? I’m going to need to see some proof of that. Pretty sure no one is outright blaming America for his crime. If so, Mr. Brooks, those people are insane and not deserving of your attention.

“This response was understandable. It’s important to tamp down vengeful hatreds in moments of passion. But it was also patronizing. Public commentators assumed the air of kindergarten teachers who had to protect their children from thinking certain impermissible and intolerant thoughts. If public commentary wasn’t carefully policed, the assumption seemed to be, then the great mass of unwashed yahoos in Middle America would go off on a racist rampage.”

How many examples of blatant racism do you need to see before realizing that, yes, racism is alive and well in this country? I am not suggesting that the media is responsible for proactively speaking against such arguments, but it seems as if you are saying this “assumption” is wrong. I disagree.

“Worse, it absolved Hasan — before the real evidence was in — of his responsibility.”

Huh? Was Hasan freed of all charges, and I just missed it?

I’m not trying to make a habit of reposting and ripping opinions that I find disagreeable; just venting a frustration in many pundits’ strategies of making up arguments (like above) seemingly out of thin air and then fervently disputing them. Creating an enemy from your imagination just to appear reasonable seems unfair.

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(Just reread this before posting and I realize it’s strikingly unfunny. Sorry about that. )

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One Response to “Still not sure what David Brooks is talking about”

  1. RandBall's Stu November 12, 2009 at 8:42 am #

    To be fair, Brooks beat the living hell out of that straw man, and it won’t harm anyone ever again. /i repeat: david brooks is a fvcking moron /sorry, norm

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