1. It takes a certain amount of chutzpah for a kid to go on Fox News and bitch about things that James Lawson says at Vanderbilt. And for him afterwards to say:
When Colmes provided a liberal counterpoint to his argument,
Donnelly cited one professor’s quotes as an example of liberal bias. He
said, “James Lawson said that racism, slavery and Navajo genocide
contributed to Sept. 11.”
“I was particularly concerned with Rev. Lawson’s comments,” Donnelly
after the interview. “I respect his achievements in the 1960s civil
rights movement, but at this point, I am not sure what his value is on
this campus in terms of the rhetoric he exhibited at the Sept. 11
I’m sorry. I’ve just been laughing about that all day. Maybe the Professor has tainted me with all her Cesaire ways, but good lord, that’s some funny shit.
First off, Lawson is a Methodist minister. When he agreed to return to Vanderbilt, a place he was expelled from for the outrageous act of wanting to be treated like an equal human being, it was on the condition that they accept that he would be returning as a part of his ministry and that he would be prophesying.
One can agree or disagree with the wisdom of living your life as a prophet, but considering the Vanderbilt Divinity School was built on the premise of being “a school for prophets,” one should not be surprised to find Vanderbilt willing to bring one to campus.
And prophets are sometimes concerned with identifying spiritual causes to historical events.
But two? Oh, please, little white boy, you just go ahead and let us all know when Vanderbilt has done enough to atone for what it did to Lawson and when he no longer has value to the institution. Oh no! He’s making white men uncomfortable.
Maybe Vanderbilt should make him leave.
Or is there some idea that not only should Vanderbilt have the opportunity to atone for its misdeeds, it should get to set the standard by which it decides if it’s done enough to make up for them?
2. Go over and comfort Exador. He’s finding himself coming down with a bad case of liberal cooties.
3. On a slightly related note, I have to admit, I could give two shits about the “How can we blame Bush for North Korea?” game. It’s one thing to blame Bush for failing to anticipate how regimes run by sane people act, but North Korea? Dude’s not sane. There is no “correct” course of action when dealing with a monomaniacal mad man.
Could Bush have handled things differently? Yes. But is the likelihood that we still would have ended up at this point eventually pretty great? Yes.
So, let’s get back to blaming Bush for shit he does have control over, like why Rumsfeld still has a job.