Black Public Scholars

December 5, 2010

Black Politics: Juan Williams Insults the Poor….Again

Filed under: Uncategorized — Staff @ 5:00 pm

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

Fox News commentator Juan Williams made news again this week by stating that extending unemployment benefits for America’s jobless would weaken their value systems. In Williams’ words:
"Because employers, potential employers, will look and see that gee, they’ve been out forever, it doesn’t make sense. And I think that’s partly playing in to this cycle. And at some point then it becomes a matter of you lose your work ethic, your values are impacted, you know, getting up, showing up, dressing well, all that good stuff. So I don’t know that that’s smart."
I would say that Williams’ comments are shocking, but they are certainly to be expected from the man who publicly sold himself to the most racist television network in the history of our country. I’m not sure why Williams felt the need to jump in on this issue in such an insensitive way, but it appears that he’s working hard to earn the two million that Fox is paying him.


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