I am beginning to wonder if Chris Crain, former editor of the Washington Blade, has been spending time discussing Black Americans with Fox Noise commentator Bill O'Reilly over chicken wings at Sylvia's restaurant in Harlem.
Just as O'Reilly seemed to be surprised that Black people go to restaurants and eat dinner just like everybody else, Crain is now expressing surprise that African-American leaders including Princeton University professors Cornel West and Melissa Harris-Lacewell and NAACP board chairman Julian Bond have voiced support for the federal hate crimes bill. And, of course, Crain sees something fishy about the whole thing:
Well said, though I can't help but notice the curious timing for this groundswell of vocal support for the hate crimes bill. Two factors could explain the trend.The more neutral would be that the bill was up for a vote this week in the U.S. Senate. Of course, the prospect that it would come up for a Senate vote has been around since at least July. The other is the decision by the Human Rights Campaign, the bill's strongest backer, to take its own vocal stance last week at the controversial Jena 6 rallies in Washington, D.C., and Jena, La.I'd like to believe the timing is because of the Senate vote this week, but I can't help but wonder… What do you think? Was this scratch-your-back politics at work?