Press Freedom, Jack E. White ofTime magazine versus David Horowitz's anti-First Amendment andright-wing zealotry

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10 reasons why David Horowitz, formerleft-wing junkie turned right-wing hatchet man andmisanalystof Black culture should not be allowed to stifle the First Amendmentrights of Time magazine editor and a major voice of America'sprint journalism, Jack White is a fair beginning. Why, you may ask? Iknow that the garish and hagiographic horrors of Horowitz'smisanalyses have arrived too often in my mind through his radio, tvand print appearances; he has pounded too crudely on the doors of myconscience; he has polluted too many minds with his condensations ofnoxious cultural claims about people of African descent for me (oryou) to keep silent, anyfurther.
By CHIDO NWANGWU

David Horowitz has been attempting to stifle the free speech of amajor voice of America's print journalism, Jack White of Timemagazine. Jack is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard (1976-1977). The causebeing White's critique of the Los Angeles-based former left-wingjunkie who has become the fringe right-wing hatchet man on urban and"cultural issues." White's commentary is in the August 30, 1999 issueof Time, titled 'A Real, Live Bigot.

Let me state the following points:
1) Horowitz, a coarse and hoarse flame thrower and hagiographer ofcultural and American urban issues, merely got what appears to be thefirst response/critique published recently in the dominant media, andhe's crying like a fevered puppy and threatening a $50 million dollarlaw suit. If Horowitz had to be sued for only $1 million every timehe appeared on television or radio spewing forth rubbish and hiscontortionist arcana packaged as expert opinion on culture, he'llreally need to have Bill Gates wallet to survive.

2) Horowitz's victimology play and "plans" to sue for hisdis"reputation" holds value more as a comedic intrusion into therights of any American (especially a scholar-journalist such as Mr.White) to assess and analyze the positions and arguments of aprivileged contortionist. Horowitz's scandalous pimping of hisso-called sixties left-wing, radical days with the Black Panther andother Blacks of the time, he recklessly believes has earned him thelicense to become a chartered libertine and wiseacre on all thingsBlack.

3) The man has been elevated by his folks and an array of hissociologically outdated claims to be seen as a counter-"authority" on"urban and Black issues." His claim to fame with the U.S media andcultural writers gas been, largely, to hold views, no matter howterrible, stupid, insipid and atrocious, which run contrary tocommonsense and facts/realities of the changing dynamic ofBlack/African-America lives and views/values.

4) In his monocular world, in the 1960s, he seemed to have beenoverfed by some hippie, radical liberal theology", and since his"conversion" since the late 1970s, Horowitz has beendefacing/besmirching the intellectual, social and media landscape ofAmerica with the pseudo-intellectual misanalysis of urban life,insults and dishonest iconoclastic excesses and right-wingconstipations. Black reality and life, this fellow needs to be told,is not limited to the extremes of liberalism and conservatism.

5) The deaths in Black America are, to some extent,self-inflicted; yes, it must and need be seen as such. But theinstruments of death and dying in the urban areas, particularly inBlack America, cannot be removed from the merchants of guns,importers of cocaine, distributors of alcohol, promoters andcorporate giants who sell and distribute misogynistic music andvideo, institutional operators of racial profiling, the dukes ofeconomic red-lining, highly-placed patrons of hate who demonize allaspects of Black life as some giddy, bestial swing frominnate/genetical incompetence to certain death. Horowitz is one ofthe cheerleaders of the asinine and misleading distortion of Blacklife and reality.

6) Funnily but pitiably, David Horowitz strangely believes thatbecause he was a part of a handful of non-Blacks who used to "hangout", smoked and drank and planned with the Black Panthers in the1960s, he is earned his stripes/credibility to talk down on Blacks.What an ill-logic and convoluted sense of perverted entitlement byMr. Horowitz.

Typically and foolishly, he follows the same line of reasoning byresting his reckless attempt to intimidate a major leading light ofjournalism of African-American origin, Jack White of Time magazine,by unwittingly writing again for gazillionth time, that hisrelationship with the Panthers entitles him to be .....

May be Ralph Ellison was assessing the likes of David Horowitzwhen he wrote in his book 'The Invisible Man, that: "When theyapproach me they see... everything and anything except me."

Horowitz has approached Black America, a number of times, but hisreadings are symptomatic of those Ellison referenced in his book.

7) "Horowitz & Company" fight like a pack of hyenas; and wemust stand on a firm, certain trinity with Jack White on this issue,namely -professional solidarity for a first-rate journalist andcommentator.

-on American constitutional principles (1st Amendment rights).

-an undiluted ethnic support for one of our very best.

8) A warrior for the human cause, a champion of our interests whofight and defend our intertwined honor and shared heritage (such asthe affable Jack White), should not be let all alone to thepersonality and group distortion games of the Horowitzs of thisworld. No! Who'll be Horowitz' next target?

9) Was it not Alice Walker, the award-winning writer, who saidthat "if you're silent for a long time, people just arrive in yourmind"? Too true, my sister.

I know that the garish and hagiographic horrors of Horowitz'smisanalyses have arrived too often in my mind through his radio, tvand print appearances; he has pounded too crudely on the doors of myconscience; he has polluted too many minds with his condensations ofnoxious cultural claims about people of African descent for me (oryou) to keep silent, any further.

In responding, Jack White did so without pussyfooting and prancingon the issues. He did so strongly rather than "savagely" -as Drudgechose to characterize it. Horowitz writes a page or two of calumnyfancifully called a column every two weeks for Salon.com.

Also, the suggestion by another distinguished journalist, KennethWalker, former White House correspondent for ABCNews and ExecutiveEditor of The Black Business Journal that anyone who is concernedabout these issues of First Amendment rights should send their viewsto letters@time.com is a good way of letting Time know how wefeel about these matters. Kindly copy such notes/commentary topublisher@USAfricaonline.com

10) For me, therefore, based on our history as people of Africandescent (excluding those ignorant Blacks who say they don't haveanything to do with Africa), in assessing the facts of our prevailinglives and the challenge of the definition of our future, the choiceis clear:

-keep quiet and allow David Horowitz, a fringe analyst andprivileged distorter of African-American lives to expand his pimpingempire on urban and so-called cultural affairs via a willingmainstream media, or

-defend Jack White's response and reasoned, accurate and measuredcritique in Time magazine of that "real, live bigot" whomasquerades as an expert on Black sociology, Black cultural realitiesand values.

I shall return.


Nwangwu, recipient of the Journalism Excellence Award, HABJ1997, is the Founder & Publisher of USAfrica The Newspaper,USAfricaonline.com(first African-owned U.S-based professional newspaper to be publishedon the internet), The BlackBusiness Journal,www.BBJonline.com and NigeriaCentral.com.He covered U.S president Bill Clinton's visit to parts of Africa,March-April 2, 1998. He is writing a book on the experiences ofrecent African immigrants in the U.S. (Written on August 27,1999, Houston, Texas)

A Lott of Racism?
Ignore all the right-wing blowhards' spin and funny talk about "what he meant to say" apologia, factually note what Republican majority leader Trent Lott refers to as "all these problems" are voting rights for Blacks and other minorities, equal access to public facilities, equality under the law, anti-racism and anti-segregation achievements and all the civilizational benchmarks of any reasonable, humane society.

You know, somehow, those "problems" are headaches of the supremacists....Lest I forget, it was Mark Twain who, never met or hoped for a Trent Lott and members of the U.S Congress of the Lott variety wrote with profound insight: "Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress; but I repeat myself."

Hey, should I repeat myself; nah! Unless the Lotts of racism continue to ruin the promise of America; if they act and think that persons like me are children of a lesser God; if they continue to spit at the glory and blessings of a fruited plain known as God's own country. God bless America! By CHIDO NWANGWU



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