The limelight of hate

Leonard Pitts Jr. writes a column for the Miami Herald that is syndicated nationally. He won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004 and is the author of “Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood.”
On June 3, he gave what a number of racial fringe groups and even conservative bloggers have been clamoring: A national stage for the issues swirling about the horrific January murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.
But wait, Pitts has now been targeted by white supremacists for his column. One said he would not shed a tear if some “loony” killed the writer.
What’d Pitts do? Well, in putting the story in the limelight just like the fringe groups have been demanding, he didn’t get the highly charged racial spin right.
Let see some of the things Pitts said about the campaign to portray the young couple’s murder as a racial hate crime:

Part of me thinks I should consider the source and let this slide. But the argument being advanced here is so utterly, abysmally, stupidly, self-servingly wrong that I cannot help but respond.

… And here I’m obligated — because I’m black — to say that if the defendants in this case did what they are accused of doing, I’d be happy to see them rot under the jailhouse. Sadly, that needs saying because there are people who will not take it as a given.

But with that obligation fulfilled, let me add that I am likewise unkindly disposed toward the crackpots, incendiaries and flat-out racists who have chosen this tragedy upon which to take an obscene and ludicrous stand. I have four words for them and any other white Americans who feel themselves similarly victimized.

Cry me a river.

Media trade pub Editor and Publisher reported Tuesday that one site has published Pitts’ home address and telephone number and the columnist has received threats.
When the Miami Herald asked Roanoke, Va., based site to remove the personal information, site editor Bill White said:

We have no intention of removing Mr. Pitts’ personal information. Frankly, if some loony took the info and killed him, I wouldn’t shed a tear. That also goes for your whole newsroom.

Showing the love! Mr. White does understand hate.
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  2. Leonard Pitts’ antisocial “Cry me a river” comment reveals his lack of concern for the victims of crime. At this point, Pitts should apologize for his crude statements saying he has no sympathy for white people who are victims of black crime.
    Frankly, tolerance for crime and violence is not a virtue. While Pitts has the right to his opinion, no matter how vulgar or offensive, the broader community does not share his values and stands in opposition to such nihilism.

  3. Mr Lail what an arrogant and uncaring “newspaper manager” you are. You show little concern for the victims of this atrocious hate crime. You are quick to label & call names all who have legitimate concerns about the racial aspects of this crime. What you are really mad about however is the ever decreasing influence that you and your ilk are having on public opinion. You must REALLY hate the Internet! Your realm of influence is being greatly diminished. Can hardly wait until the day you “opinion shapers” types are complete out of a job.

  4. Wow, what a hack you are, Lail. I see you cherry-picked the least contentious and vile quotes from Leonard Pitts’ racist rant. Why not re-print the whole article, Lail? Are you trying to hide something? You have purposely misled your readers and insulted their intelligence by thinking you could get away with it. The winds of change are blowing, Mr. Lail. Can you feel the chill?

  5. I don’t agree with wishing ill on Mr Pitts, though his comment, and the whole article in general, was hurtful and stemmed from ignorance of the facts.
    The problem decried by the white separatists (please stop using the charged term, supremacist) is that the mainstream media in the U.S. (and other white countries like the U.K.) are reporting interracial crimes in reverse proportion to how they’re being committed.
    That is a simple fact that can be checked by looking at US (or UK) crime stats and comparing them with the media’s output.
    Once that is realised, the question arises.. Why?
    It seems logical to me that policy at media outlets comes from the top down. My own investigations have led me to conclude that the media owners are pushing an agenda.
    Some say it’s profit-driven, though if you think that through thoroughly, it doesn’t follow. Ignoring sensational black-on-white crimes hardly boosts ratings.
    Others say it’s fear of causing racial conflict – but wouldn’t reporting white-on-black crimes and obsessing over them, itself, cause racial conflist? So why does the media do that?
    The only explanation I’ve ever heard that fits, is that Jews have an anti non-jew racial agenda.
    Jews have a strong etnic identity .. an us-and-them mentality, as can be seen just by reading their own publications.
    Biologically, other groups can be competitors.. be they Muslims, Whites, or even a homogeneous nation.
    In that light it makes sense that they would try to destroy the cohesion amongst competing groups – in the case trumpeted by white separatist, that’s Whites.
    If you dig into the people behind the revolutionary movements (like the NAACP) or the people encouraging immigration, or setting crackpot school sylabi, you keep finding Jews at the head.
    It’s now no surprise to me that when I look at any social problem from that angle it all makes sense.
    The owners of the media are Jews and the agenda is what’s good for them.
    Can you really not see the elephant in the living-room?

  6. Little Lenny Pitts Jr. has an indefensible position to any rational person. But, due to the current anti-white, pro-black political climate, he can get by with it. Show me a white journalist that could so callously and arrogantly dismiss a white-on-black hate crime. He would be fired immediately and career ruined, and further stigmatized socially. Just look what happened to Imus over a relatively harmless remark.
    Pitts claims it’s self-serving and stupid for whites to protest such a horrendous crime, yet he himself is a total self-serving black man, as most blacks are. He’s a disgusting hypocrite.

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