The last time I posted anything about Ann Coulter the reaction was so negative I had to pull my post. It was several years ago and I won’t repeat what I wrote back then but let’s just say I was not very kind to Ms. Coulter.
But I gotta give her props for going into the lion’s den on this one. She was outnumbered four or five to one and held her own. I’m not saying I agree with her, I’m just saying I was impressed with her courage.
I do want to take exception with something Whoopi Goldberg said. Right out the gate she asked Coulter “Tell me how much you know about being black.”
Black people do not own the race issue. They are not the sole arbiters of what is and is not racist. Yes, they have a unique perspective and they are entitled to their opinions.
I could easily turn it around and ask Whoopi “How much you know about being white?” The question is just as valid and just as ridiculous.
I know quite a bit about being me. I can tell you one man’s perspective of what it is like being a 52 year old straight white male in the United States. But I can’t tell you what it is like to be anyone else. Each of us has a unique perspective.
What Whoopi was trying to do was delegitimize Coulter’s point of view. That’s different from disagreeing with her conclusions. It’s one thing when a lawyer is dismissive of a non-lawyer’s legal opinions (or any expert vs. layperson) but other peoples’ thoughts and feelings are topics where none of us is an expert.
I know how I think and feel about the issue. You know how you think and feel. You can’t tell me how I feel and I can’t tell you how you think.
During Barack Obama’s Greatestest Speech On Race EVAH!™ he talked about having a national conversation on race. I’m all for it, because so far all we’ve been getting is a lecture.