Joined: Mar. 2008
|Quote (Mr_Christopher @ Mar. 26 2008,10:46)|
|Speaking on Nazis and Ben Stein, Michael Shermer noted that during his Expelled interview Stein made some questionable comments about "blacks" that lead him to believe Stein probably harbors racist ideas. He also said he (Shermer) wrote a review for Scientific American.|
Has anyone seen that review or read more about Stein's alleged racist leanings?
A google search for '"Ben Stein' racist" returned this article he wrote for the American Spectator after Katrina.
After Goodwining himself in the first sentence, he gives us his thesis: "The big lie of the Hurricane Katrina story is that it reveals deep and hateful racism in America, that blacks were treated worse than other people because they were black, and that this shows the hypocrisy of this supposedly egalitarian nation."
The fact that black people were disproportionately affected is merely a coincidence, in Stein's view. It was "poverty" that was to blame.
Well, maybe they were poor, at least in part, because they were black? No, says Stein. Their poverty was "in no sense caused by white mistreatment of blacks unless it was white mistreatment of blacks that ended many decades ago." (The possibility that past discrimination could have an effect on future generations is not addressed.)
Oh, and lots of white people tried to help out afterwards. So, obviously, racism had nothing to do with it.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most well documented events of antiquity. Barry Arrington, Jan 17, 2012.