TheBlaze’s Buck Sexton on Thursday took Jon Stewart to task for claiming that “every person of color in this country has faced an indignity, from the ridiculous to the grotesque to the sometimes fatal … because of their skin color.”
The Comedy Central host told his audience this week: “Imagine that … on a pretty consistent basis, you can’t get a f***ing cab even though you’re a neurosurgeon because you’re black.”
Sexton noted that, like himself, Stewart is a New Yorker and commented: “The case being made here is that there’s some kind of a rational animus at work with cab drivers in the city of New York, the largest city in the country, 8 million-plus people. What is the truth of that accusation?”
Filling in on Glenn Beck’s radio program, Sexton noted that 94 percent of New York City cab drivers are actually foreign-born.
“I would think if we’re going to have a discussion of race in America, and you’re going to use [as] your example that people won’t be picked up by cab drivers in New York City … maybe you should look at the fact that the cab drivers aren’t even from this country?” he said.
“That doesn’t mean it’s not a problem,” Sexton added. “But if you’re going to use that to lecture the country on race relations, I think that should have some bearing. Maybe Jon Stewart should take that up with the heads of foreign countries.”
Sexton added that cab drivers are over 20 times as likely to be murdered on the job as the average American worker, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and studies indicate they may avoid customers who are going to more dangerous neighborhoods.
“I’m not saying that justifies any particular behavior, but that’s at least a factor that you would think you would introduce into the discussion,” Sexton said.
Sexton, a former CIA analyst, noted that he has been turned down many times by cabs, but said he “can’t even bring that into the discussion.”
“I’m supposed to be lectured by Jon Stewart, who is lecturing us about the personal experiences of other people in this country … for the purpose of browbeating people he disagrees with politically,” Sexton said.
Sexton said there are “very real consequences” to claiming “America is perpetually racist,” and “perpetuating this narrative of a police officer in Ferguson who murdered a young black man” before all the facts are out.
He spoke about former U.S. Marine and Iraq war veteran Ralph Weems, who was severely beaten in Mississippi allegedly by a group of black men. The stepfather of the former Marine said the men had “gotten themselves into a frenzy” about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.
“He was placed in a medically induced coma,” Sexton said. “Doctors had to remove a sizable portion of his skull to relieve some of the brain swelling.”
“You see, the hateful and hyperbolic narrative about what has happened in Ferguson, the extrapolation of that one single event to be a commentary on life in the rest of America — all the time, always and forever — has consequences,” Sexton said. “Not just rhetorical consequences … it means people will be killed because there are those who feel justified in that action because of what the media says happened in Ferguson.”
“Jon Stewart and MSNBC and all the rest, they can feel so high and mighty about themselves,” Sexton said. “They’re so progressive. They’re so erudite. They understand the plight of the minorities in this country…”
“And yet they don’t understand that stoking that sort of rage and hatred without cause ends up with people like Ralph Weems getting beaten almost to death,” Sexton concluded.
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