Sunday, 23 May 2010

The Murdoch forum for racists

Late last week John Stossel, an employee of the Murdoch empire's Fox News, used Megyn Kelly's Fox News show to defend the right to discriminate based on race. "Private businesses ought to get to discriminate," he said "And I won't won't ever go to a place that's racist and I will tell everybody else not to and I'll speak against them. But it should be their right to be racist."
The website MediaMatters for America reports that Stossel didn't just argue for the right to discriminate. He went a step further, suggesting the "public accommodations" section of the Civil Rights Act should be repealed, thus allowing businesses to practice racial discrimination. This is the section of the law that prohibits a lunch counter from refusing to serve African-Americans -- a practice which was commonplace when the law was passed. The government, Stossel says, should be protecting the rights of businesses that want to discriminate -- not the rights of minorities facing pervasive discrimination.

Have a listen for yourself and if you are offended as I am why not suggest to your industry superannuation fund that you hope they are not investing your funds in a company that gives a forum to a commentator with these views.
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