-- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859 --
I'm reminded of that Nazi-wannabe up in Roanoke who is being prosecuted and convicted on the flimsiest of charges in lands he's never been to by people to whom he's done no harm.
I'm reminded, too, of that ship captain in the Navy whose career has been destroyed because gay people might have taken offense at a video he participated in while he was helping his country prosecute a war.
Too often I'm reminded how small we really are.
Our latest exercise in
Trial set for firing over use of 'n' wordThe reporter (and his editors) are here being so politically correct that it's difficult to determine whether Burlington was fired for saying "the N word" or for uttering the inexcusable "nigger." A word that has a delineated exemption from the Bill of Rights amendments to our Constitution. Apparently.
By Michael Klein, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal jury will be asked to decide whether it is acceptable for an African American person, but not a white person, to use the "n" word in a workplace.
U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick has ruled that former Fox29 reporter-anchor Tom Burlington's lawsuit against the station, claiming a double standard and alleging that he was the victim of racial discrimination, may go to trial. However, Surrick denied Burlington's claim of a hostile work environment.
Burlington, who is white, was fired after using the "n" word during a June 2007 staff meeting at which reporters and producers were discussing reporter Robin Taylor's story about the symbolic burial of the word by the Philadelphia Youth Council of the NAACP.
Burlington, who began work at the station in 2004 and is now working as a real estate agent, was suspended within days and fired after an account of the incident was published in the Philadelphia Daily News. He alleges that he "was discriminated against because of his race," according to court documents. He claims in his lawsuit that at least two African American employees at Fox29 had used the word in the workplace and were not disciplined. [link]
I'm going to take a wild guess and say it was the latter.
So, will the ACLU (American certain select politically correct Civil Liberties Union) take up this man's cause and defend him in this case that cries out for justice? If I were a betting man, I'd be betting on FAT CHANCE.
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."
-- Noam Chomsky --
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For the love of God:
Sometimes I think we don't deserve the gift we've been given.