Monday, May 02, 2005


NYT Avoids the R-Word

The great New York Times (“all the news that’s fit to print”) publishes an opinion piece by Bob Herbert on the deplorable attitude of Americans toward Iraqis, but carefully avoids mention of the obvious. When I started reading the piece, I was hoping to see mention of the reason why Vietnamese were “gooks” and why Arabs are “ragheads.” Or, for that matter, why in American society Blacks are “niggers,” and so on.

To my great disappointment, Mr. Herbert does not use the word “racism” even once. America is a highly racist society, and still heavily mired in white supremacism. Instead of trying to fix this, it appears the US military is using the deep-seated racism of American culture as a tool to make soldiers despise the enemy du jour.

Thank you, NYT, for studiously avoiding mention of painful realities.

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