Alicia Shepard is the ombudsman for NPR. She's the one who is supposed to guide the organization on journalism ethics.
Today....to offer her vast analysis over Juan Williams and his firing.....she spoke: "I can only imagine how Williams, who has chronicled and championed the Civil Rights movement, would have reacted if another prominent journalist had said: ‘But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see an African American male in Dashiki with a big Afro, I get worried. I get nervous."
This was supposed to be her analogy to show people how "fair" things are supposed to be.
I sat there for a while....pausing over this comparison. An African-American guy in a Dashiki with a big Afro. Nervous? Me? Worried? Me?
I reviewed a moment of history over forty years in America. How many African-American guys in a Dashiki and a Afro....ever did a mass killing? Answer? None.
In fact, if I were on an airplane, and some Islamic character was a threat....the one guy I could probably count on is the African-American with the Afro....whether he had the Dashiki on or not. It'd be a race between me and him over which one could take down the Islamic dimwit faster. Later, we'd share a beer and compliment each other on the technique of taking down a fool.
Alicia Shepard....I realize you've got a pretty good job with NPR....but I suspect that your vast analysis has kinda sunk to the bottom of the harbor with the anchor. If this Dashiki comparison is the best you can whip up....I'd start looking for a job with the city newspaper up in Boise. In fact, I'd like to challenge you to find a case where a Dashiki-dressed guy in America has ever gone out and killed anybody. Come on......you've got brilliant thoughts on this topic....surely, you can support your statement.
For NPR....a suggestion here. Your brand-name has slipped. Your sales job is comical. I'd almost suggest that you guys are attempting a Monty Python-moment. Perhaps it's time to hire some Islamic guys to run your ombudsman program and do a daily show on Islamic life in America. I'm pretty sure your consumers would enjoy the entertainment.