Thursday, November 1, 2007

Racism, The Race Card, and The Moonie Times

[Note: This blog post is reprinted from the September 20, 2006 edition of Scoobie Davis Online]

1) Great News! To anyone familiar with the Sun Myung Moon-owned Washington Times, it's no secret there are some people at the paper who have a big problem with race. Apparently The Nation magazine is preparing an article on racism and sexism at the paper.
UPDATE: Here's the Nation article by Max Blumenthal (via APJ)

2) The Race Card and the Right: A Matter of Whose Ox is Gored. The right has long accused racial minorities on the left of playing the race card whenever their moral failings are exposed. In the course of preparing a long post on Regnery Publishing, I noticed something that has escaped most critics of Regnery--during the 1980's, when the Messiah was facing time in the slammer for income tax evasion, Regnery published two books that shamelessly attempted to portray the prosecution as racially-motivated: 1) To Bigotry, No Sanction: Reverend Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church by then-president of the Unification Church, Mose Durst; and 2) Inquisition by Carlton Sherwood.

3)The Redemption of Samuel Francis. The Washington Times ran white supremacist Samuel Francis' column until he made some flagrantly racist comments at the 1994 annual meeting of the Jared Taylor's white supremacist group American Renaissance (Richard Mellon Scaife's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review carried Francis' column for another nine years). At least one current editor at the Times doesn't mind giving credibility to Francis' work. Times managing editor Fran Coombs recently compared Francis to the Founding Fathers in his endorsement of Francis' new book on the culture war (which was posthumously published because Francis' superior white genes let him down at the ripe old age of 57).

UPDATE: Ronald Reagan's favorite newspaper was Moon's Washington Times. Check out the website that chronicles Reagan's race-baiting, "Ronald Reagan: Racism and Racial Politics"

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