Undoubtedly Pitts expected some white reaction, since he is a habitual white-basher. And indeed, in the past, some neo-con stooge like Sean Hannity would invite him on his program, then, after five minutes of reassuring Pitts that he, Hannity, did not have a racist bone in his body, and, to prove it, cite contributions to the NAACP and United Negro College Fund, maybe ask Pitts a few rehearsed "provocative" questions just for show, and everyone would go home happy.
However, this time it was different. This time, "Whitey" actually TALKED BACK.
Whitey talked back in the person of American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP) Commander Bill White, who first reported on Leonard Pitts' column, including posting Pitts' home address and phone number on June 3rd, then subsequently reported the Miami Herald's attempt to intimidate him into removing Pitts' personal information, the Daily Kos's hysterical attempt to get Bill White arrested, and finally, the fact that the Miami Herald has now suddenly "dispatched" Pitts to Philadelphia to do a story. The ANSWP's Maryland Unit is also planning a peaceful rally outside Pitts' home sometime this upcoming week.
And Whitey also talked back in the person of Vanguard News Network editor Alex Linder, who mobilized VNN Forum members to unleash a massive e-mail campaign to Leonard Pitts and the Miami Herald, and who also publicly challenged Pitts to a debate anytime, anywhere, under any conditions.
Here's the column by Leonard Pitts, with an inflammatory title appended by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
The Loonies of Knoxville
It always amazes me when white people put on the victim hat.
As in victim of racial oppression. By any measure — health, education, economics, employment — white Americans enjoy a superior standard of living. If that's racial oppression, sign me up.
But still, one occasionally hears mewling noises from that subset of my white countrymen who feel put upon by big, bad racial minorities. This is one of those times. And Knoxville, Tenn., has become the capital city of that lunatic fringe.
It seems that in January, a young white couple, Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, were victims of a brutal crime. They were carjacked, kidnapped and raped. Cleaning fluid was sprayed into Christian's mouth. She was stuffed in a trash can and apparently suffocated. Newsom was shot and set afire. His body was dumped. Five blacks, one a woman, have been arrested.
The story made headlines around Knoxville. It was unnoticed nationally.
That has changed. A constellation of white supremacists and conservative bloggers has pushed the story into the national limelight as illustration of their argument that news media, constrained by political correctness, refuse to report black on white crime while pulling out all the stops when crime is white on black as in the Duke lacrosse debacle. Me, I would see their Duke case and raise them a Central Park jogger, but what do I know?
Anyway, bloggers like Michael Oliver have chastised the "liberal, biased, Mainstream Media" for missing the Knoxville story. He asked, "Had the roles been reversed, would the media ignore such a horrific crime?"
Truth is, media ignore horrific crimes all the time. Space is limited and growing more so. Which means the story that catches fire usually has some element beyond gruesomeness to sell it. In the Duke case, it was class, privilege, sex and race that did it.
Not that I expect Oliver or any other "oppressed" white person to pay attention to something so trivial as fact. They're too busy demanding that this case be tried as a hate crime — even though police say there's no evidence the couple was targeted for any other reason than that they were there. And last weekend, white supremacists held — I kid you not — a "rally against genocide" in Knoxville.
Part of me thinks I should consider the source and let this slide. But the argument being advanced here is so utterly, abysmally, stupidly, self-servingly wrong that I cannot help but respond.
Black crime against whites is underreported? On what planet? Study after study and expert after expert tell a completely different story.
For instance, there's "Off Balance: Youth, Race and Crime in the News," a 2001 report that concluded: Blacks and Latinos are underrepresented in news media as victims of crime and significantly overrepresented as perpetrators, based on crime statistics; newspaper articles about white homicide victims are longer and more frequent than those about black ones; and interracial violent crime is more likely to be reported even though it is just about the rarest kind of violent crime.
And here I'm obligated, because I'm black, to say that if the defendants in this case did what they are accused of doing, I'd be happy to see them rot under the jailhouse. Sadly, that needs saying because there are people who will not take it as a given.
But with that obligation fulfilled, let me add that I am likewise unkindly disposed toward the crackpots, incendiaries and flat-out racists who have chosen this tragedy upon which to take an obscene and ludicrous stand.
I have four words for them and any other white Americans who feel themselves similarly victimized.
Cry me a river.
Send your own e-mail response to Leonard Pitts at the following e-mail address:
Analysis: In the very first paragraph, Pitts discloses how he thinks all white Americans have a superior standard of living. Not only is he judging all whites by the economic prowess of the white elite, but he comes dangerously close to promoting the doctrine of so-called "white privilege". According to this doctrine, white skin automatically confers privilege. You know what that sounds like to me? An ackowledgement of WHITE SUPREMACY! What a dumbass. Just on the strength of that opening statement, I'd say if Leonard Pitts didn't exist, we'd have to invent him. He makes our case for us.
Second, he denigrates white complaining as "mewling". Guess what? We weren't just "mewling" in Knoxville on May 26th. And we won't be just "mewling" in Knoxville on June 16th.
He claims we're demanding the case be tried as a "hate crime". Wrong, mambo lips. We are merely asking why it isn't considered a hate crime, in order to expose the hypocrisy of the system. Actually, we want NO CRIMES designated as hate crimes, and are using the disparity to expose the hypocrisy and futility of any "hate crimes" emphasis.
And note the bone he throws at the white community in the third paragraph from the bottom. He states he's "obligated, because he's black" to issue a pro-forma condemnation of what the five black thugs did. Sounds like he's just filling a square.
However, the March 26th rally was also an outgrowth of 43 years of political and some economic persecution of working-class whites in the name of "equality". I addressed this angle in my own e-mail response to Pitts, as follows:
From : XXXX
Sent : Saturday, June 9, 2007 9:52 PM
To : firstname.lastname@example.org
CC : email@example.com
Subject : Re: Cry Me A River
Alex Linder, the editor of the Vanguard News Network and the leader of the May 26th Christian-Newsom Memorial Rally in Knoxville, challenges you to a debate on the race issue, anytime, anywhere, under any circumstances. The challenge is publicly posted HERE.
Your column "Cry Me A River", like so many of your others, reeked of anti-white bias. You judge whites solely on the circumstances enjoyed by the white elite, and know nothing about what working-class whites face. Working-class whites have had jobs stolen from them through mass immigration and affirmative action. And, according to a new article in the Chicago Tribune, black-against-white crimes constitute 90% of all trans-racial crimes.
Forty-three years ago, we gave you equality through the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Yet instead of gratitude, you people have given us back 43 years of attitude. You burned down our cities when you didn't get your way. You demanded endless concessions from us; when equality didn't dramatically improve your circumstances, extorted preference through affirmative action. Now you demand reparations. You wage war against classic symbols like the Confederate Battle Flag. You put a womanizing plagiarist's name (MLK) on streets in nearly every major city on this country. Your disgusting, obscene, primeval rap music turned white youth into purposeless whiggers and white girls into "hos". Yet all we ever hear from you is how "racist" we are.
Well, guess what? Now I am a proud racist, and your columns helped changed my attitude, because you personify the hatred black America holds for white America. Nothing we whites ever say or do will convince you that we aren't racist, so we decided it's not worth trying. The May 26th rally was just a warm-up; the June 16th rally will be bigger. Game over: diversity = mediocrity, multiculturalism = Communisn, coerced integration is a failure, and we will have an end to all of it. Nothing else will do. Knoxville will become for us what Selma was for you.
Accept Alex Linder's challenge of a debate, if you have a shred of intellectual honesty left.
Time does not permit me to go further. Read Alex Linder's starkly effective paragraph-by-paragraph rebuttal of Leonard Pitts HERE. Also read Linder's follow-up analysis "Where We Go From Here".
I suspect that Leonard Pitts and those who think like him will be crying more than just a river by the time we're done. May 26th was just the opening gambit.