Another NYT Comment Removed | Censorship on Blog#42
I posted a comment on Paul Krugman’s September 3rd op-ed, Trump and the Attack of the Invisible Anarchists. My comment was first to post. As per my usual, I wrote the comment for truths that are seldom expressed plainly and graphically, rather than appealing to a middle that simply doesn’t exist in this nation, especially when it comes to the level of racism and denial that exist.
Coincidentally, the Washington Post published an item entitled: White House moves to bar federal agencies from racial sensitivity training sessions it calls ‘Un-American’
“President Trump is moving to revamp federal agencies’ racial sensitivity trainings, casting some of them as “divisive” and “un-American,” according to a memo by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
In the two-page memo, OMB Director Russell Vought says Trump has asked him to prevent federal agencies from spending millions in taxpayer dollars on these training sessions. Vought says OMB will instruct federal agencies to come up with a list of all contracts related to training sessions involving “white privilege” or “critical race theory,” and do everything possible within the law to cancel those contracts, the memo states.
The memo, released on Friday, also tells all federal agencies to identify and if possible cancel contracts that involve teaching that America is an “inherently racist or evil country.”
“The President has directed me to ensure that federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions,” the memo states.”
Here is the comment that was removed:
While my comment didn’t take off like gangbusters – I was not expecting it would – it was doing respectably well. When I went to check on it the next morning, it was gone. Of note is the fact that I had also replied to my comment to add the Martin Luther King quote I alluded to. Could it have offended a young moderator with conservative values? You be the judge.
“If it may be said of the slavery era that the white man took the world and gave the Negro Jesus, then it may be said of the Reconstruction era that the southern aristocracy took the world and gave the poor white man Jim Crow. (Yes, sir) He gave him Jim Crow. (Uh huh) And when his wrinkled stomach cried out for the food that his empty pockets could not provide, (Yes, sir) he ate Jim Crow, a psychological bird that told him that no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man, better than the black man. (Right sir) And he ate Jim Crow. (Uh huh) And when his undernourished children cried out for the necessities that his low wages could not provide, he showed them the Jim Crow signs on the buses and in the stores, on the streets and in the public buildings. (Yes, sir) And his children, too, learned to feed upon Jim Crow, (Speak) their last outpost of psychological oblivion. (Yes, sir)”
Martin Luther King
I emailed the person in charge of the comments. While she used to attempt to justify the strangeness of the way moderation is done at the Times, she stopped responding a year or so ago.
I guess some things are no longer worth justifying or rectifying.