by John Patrick Conway, Jr.
I just sent an email to the New York Times and I'm posting it below. However, before you read it I want to make something perfectly clear...a confession, if you will.
EVERYONE, regardless of any delineations in race, sex, religion, national origin or sexual preference has, at some time or another, struggled with their own humanity. Circumstances ranging from righteous fits of anger to passive-off the cuff thoughtlessness and cruising on down to those depths where the absence of any character has allowed an individual to dwell in the bottomless void of unadulterated hate, have allowed us all to pass from our lips statements of derisive and unkind import...present company included. I'm convinced that it is a trait hard-wired into our DNA, and anyone claiming otherwise is either a liar or delusional.
But one of the things that sets the human race apart from all others is our ability to recognize our short comings; to see past ourselves and, most importantly, to do something about it when confronted by our own reflection in the mirror...so to speak.
Each society sets, within its own orbit, limits of what is acceptable and what is not. Sometimes those limits have broad hues of grey; others with solid lines, black and white, not to be breached under any circumstances. But because we are all individuals we all see things differently, and agreeing on how and where to set these boundaries can be as arduous and seemingly insurmountable as finding...well, a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Yeah, I really just said that...
Today those limits are being tested and in a big way. Anti-Fa on the left and Alt-Right on the...well, the right. Where else? Whether this was bound to happen, or whether it has been inspired by a "Stable-Genius" with selfish motive to precipitate cause celebre in a criminal attempt to justify the unjustifiable...I'll just let that sink in a bit...is a matter for debate. Normally. But things are getting out of hand on both sides and a perfect example of that is the controversy now being argued about having to do with a recent hire by the New York Times.
Her name is Sarah Jeong. I'll leave it to you to google the details but, in short, I am of the opinion that she is the same kind of individual whose character inspires derision among people - as opposed to unity...just like Trump! There! I said it! Bite me!
So without further ado, my article to the New York Times:
To Whom It Should Concern:
I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I consider myself a progressive. In fact, I just made my first ever donation to a young woman running in my district: $100.00 to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…just so you know where I’m coming from. I have been following the events of the last 24 hours where the NYT has demonstrated, for all the world to see, that so long as you use the most bizarre and convoluted reasoning, anything can be justified; that the ends can and do justify the means.
The NYT has extended an offer of employment to a woman named Sarah Jeong who has, over an extended period from 2012 thru 2015, demonstrated with her words her true heart. I do not care how much lipstick you try putting on this pig (pun intended), there is no excuse for this. So just that we’re clear – I will never, and I mean NEVER, read or refer to the New York Times as a legitimate source of news again.
Congratulations, folks! You just joined a special place on my “shit-list” right along side The Fox News Channel...and there you will stay until the NYT withdraws its offer of employment to Ms. Jeong, and those who extended it to her in the first place - knowing full well her true character - are sacked forthwith.
It’s time to call bullshit, people…
John Patrick Conway, Jr.
So there you have it. Roseanne Barr didn't say anything near as venomous as Ms. Jeong, nor over a period of time measured in years, people! And yet she lost her job, and quite possibly her career. And I'm not sorry; it goes both ways. At the very least Ms. Barr acknowledged her error in judgment where as Ms. Jeoung and the Editors at the New York Times have attempted to spin and, just like Donald Hump, justify the unjustifiable.
No! Na-uh! You do not win hearts and minds with rancor. Just ask Hillary Clinton...no, wait. Don't ask her. She still can't see past herself.
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