I’m not going to weigh in on whether NPR should have fired Juan Williams or not, mostly because I don’t give a shit.
There’s one particular quote from Juan’s appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” that’s getting pulled by various news sources (I pulled mine from the Huffington Post):
I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.
Anytime someone starts a thought with the words, “I’m not a bigot, but…” listen up and listen quick. You’re about to get a doozy of a bigoted statement. Also, keep your ears perked up if you hear, “I’m not a racist, but…” You’re about to get hit full in the face by some of the most exciting and racist shit you’ll ever hear. Or if someone (like Carl Paladino) says, “I’m not a homophobic, but…” get ready to hear how gay people are whorish and disgusting and unfit for marriage.
I mean, I don’t hate right-wingers or anything, but…