Skip to comments.Philly Mayor Wants Mag Punished over Race Relations Story
Posted on 03/19/2013 6:07:21 AM PDT by Kaslin
The Philadelphia Human Relations Commission has launched an investigation at the request of the mayor after a well-known magazine published an essay that explored perspectives of white citizens on the issue of race relations.
Mayor Michael Nutter called on the commission to consider rebuking both Philadelphia Magazine and writer Bob Huber noting that the First Amendment, like other constitutional rights, is not an unfettered right.
Nutters fury was directed at a cover story titled, Being White in Philly. The story included conversations with mostly anonymous white residents who detailed race relations in the City of Brotherly Love.
In a city that is largely poor and segregated, white people have become afraid to say anything at all about race, Huber wrote on the cover of the magazine. Heres whats not being said.
But Mayor Nutter believes it should have remained unsaid.
This month Philadelphia Magazine has sunk to a new low even for a publication that has long pretended that its suburban readers were the only citizens civically engaged and socially active in the Philadelphia area, Nutter wrote in a lengthy tirade to the citys human relations commission.
He called the story disgusting and an uninformed, ill-advised, ill-considered, uninspired, and thoroughly unimaginative.
And the mayor also had some choice words for the anonymous individuals who were interviewed some of whom had been victims of crimes perpetrated by blacks. He said they were too cowardly to provide their names.
Rue Landau, the Human Relations Committees executive director, agreed with the mayors concerns regarding what she called, the racial insensitivity and perpetuation of harmful stereotypes portrayed in the Philadelphia Magazine piece.
The commission will also conduct an inquiry into racial issues across the city at the request of the mayor.
We will take up the mayors charge, Landau said in a statement.
Tom McGrath, the magazines editor, told me he is very concerned that the government is investigating his publication.
I find it chilling that he now wants to use the government to censor a news outlet, he said. As a journalist as someone who thinks free speech is really important I find that really, really troubling.
McGrath said he stands by the story and the author and acknowledged it set off a firestorm.
Any time you write about race you have to be prepared that its going to be controversial, he said. The point of the story was to get a conversation going about race. Certainly there are some ugly quotes in the story but those quotes in no way reflect the intentions of the author or the magazine.
McGrath said the mayor seriously overreacted to the story and mischaracterized the piece and what its trying to do.
White people do not always feel comfortable talking about race, he said. There are some white folks who dont feel their views on certain issues are welcome in the conversation.
And critics believe ironically that the mayors reaction to the story validates that point.
In some places to simply talk about race is to be accused of being a racist and some of the reaction has sort of borne that out, he said.
Nutter wants the commission to consider whether the magazines essay was the reckless equivalent of shouting fire! in a crowded theater.
Only by debunking myth with fact, and by holding accountable those who seek to confuse the two, can we insure that the prejudices reflected in the essay are accorded the weight they deserve: none at all, the mayor wrote.
Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, called that comparison unfair.
It is totally unsubstantiated, Paulson told me. This story may provoke ideas, but it doesnt create panic.
Paulson said he was especially disturbed by the government investigating a publication.
That is a dangerous path, he said. The idea that government can somehow punish journalists with which it disagrees is contrary to everything the First Amendment stands for.
McGrath did say he welcomed the mayors call for a city-wide discussion about race but noted the announcement was rich with irony.
I find it pretty bizarre, he said. At the same time he wants us rebuked, hes saying we need to have a conversation about race in Philadelphia which was our point in the first place.
His point seems to be that hes allowed to talk about some of this stuff but that other people arent, McGrath added.
the idea that liberals believe in free speech is a joke
It threatens the gravy train to imply that whites are anything but oppressors and blacks anything but victims.
It is a well written and thoughtful article, full of truths that need to be spoken. Ah, there’s the rub.
The problem with Philadelphia ia that un like San Francisco there is no possibility of a cleansing earthquake
Imbeciles. And despots in the making.
He forgot "unprofessional." I've noticed that members of a certain demographic group love to use the word "unprofessional" when delivering a public dressing-down to members of another certain demographic group.
I challenge the Director and the Mayor to prove the article wrong by strolling through the worst parts of Philadelphia.....
and at night!
There are some white folks who dont feel their views on certain issues are welcome in the conversation.
And critics believe ironically that the mayors reaction to the story validates that point.
when and where is the book-burning in Philadelphia to take place?
I will answer my own question: Let’s burn all books on July 4th...let’s say at Independence Hall. Meet you there. Bring books.
They do believe in free speech, but only for them
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Cruz to Feinstein: "Would she deem it consistent with the Bill of Rights for Congress to engage in the same endeavor that we are contemplating doing with the Second Amendment in the context of the First or Fourth Amendment, namely, would she consider it constitutional for Congress to specify that the First Amendment shall apply only to the following books and shall not apply to the books that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the Bill of Rights?
Naturally, Feinstein wouldn't answer the question, instead accused Cruz of treating her "like a sixth grader."
Frankly, she and all other Democrat tyrants would LOVE it if they could determine what you were allowed to read.
Who the heck is the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission?
Pic: Rue Landau is the first lesbian Executive Director of the Human Relations Commission. Landau is a very lively person and a supporter of LGBTQ rights.
“Lets Talk Human Relations”
posted on August 2, 2012, in Public Affairs. (Temple University High School)
Rue Landau, What is your job position exactly?
Im the executive director of the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission and Fair Housing Commission.
How did you get fto this position?
So I was a lawyer for Community Legal Services before I worked for the Human Relations Commission and then I was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter in 2008. Its a great job, just a lot of work.
And then Nutter confirmed WHY white folks are intimidated from saying what they really think.
>>>The commission will also conduct an inquiry into racial issues across the city at the request of the mayor.>>>
Yeah sure. I’m certain that it will be “fair and balanced.”
she didn’t even bother pretending I guess
Mayor Michael Nutter (Nutty?)
Too old to be one of Obozo’s children, but has the same attitude.
They left out the rest of the quote: "Yeah, the books are very heavy and the fire is very hot. I keep getting singed and my clothes smell like smoke. But I just love my job."
Bet you were safe at Valley Forge. Probably much better view. Great Historic significance.
When late night talk show hosts aren’t allowed to tell jokes about President Obama then I’ll get worried...
Did you look at her pic? Very revealing?
Educated, professional blacks have always told me that they form Black Professional Associations “because white folks won’t listen to blacks in those contexts.” When I ask them how they justify essentially overturning all the work done by people of all races to overcome segregation, they go silent and look uncomfortable.
Maybe it’s our turn.
Naw...that would be racist.
Everyone is really tired of this one-sidedness.
> Naturally, Feinstein wouldn’t answer the question, instead accused Cruz of treating her “like a sixth grader.”
You mean he schooled you on constitutional law, one of his areas of expertise. Maybe you need to go back to school and reread the Constitution Ms. Fenstein. You might find out why he thought you were a little lacking on the subject.
If this is the kind of thing Nutter believes is a problem, we are in more trouble re: race that I previously suspected.
Read the article and see for yourself.
The press supported gutting the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause; ignoring the entire Second Amendment; flagrantly violating the Fourth Amendment with TSA molestation, warrantless searches of email, computer files, and Internet activity; evading the Fifth Amendment with takings under Eminent Domain and without just compensation; and pretending the Ninth and Tenth Amendments never existed. I'm not shocked that the Press is finally the target of big government and is finding that a weakened Bill of Rights is not as much use as it might have been in the past. Mayor Michael Nutter is still shockingly wrong, but my sympathy for his current victims is limited because they are as guilty as he is.
Philadelphia is a lost cause.
It will only compete with Chicago and/or other large cities to see which one falls right after Detroit.
But not wrong or inaccurate.
Gosh, no! We can't have that.
A realtive of mine had a store- less than 15% of here clientelle were [race removed by PC POLICE] but 90% of the shoplifter caught were [race removed by PC POLICE]and nearly ALL the checks written by [race removed by PC POLICE]bounced.
She could not put up a sign saying "No checks from [race removed by PC POLICE] could she? Or follow them around, without being threatened...
But Gosh we can't have her express that, can we...
Journalism exists to parrot the Rat party line. He must not have received the memo yet.
The effort, in this current culture, is to de-humanize Whitey. In summary, Whitey can’t discuss “race” because they are not a race unto themselves. Only the blacks are a true “race” and all others who identify with a color (as defined by blacks) are less than human. When speaking of “race”, one must only recognize that blacks are human.
YOU NAILED IT!!
And Nutter is also declaring that the hatred of Whites by Blacks (in his view) is so overarching that when it comes to anything even approaching or potentially involving race (which includes any real discussion of the streets of Philly), White’s don’t exist, have NO voice, and should STFU.
But Eric Holder said we would be discussing race if we weren’t such cowards
The article longish, but well worth the read for those who want to see want the fuss is all about. It's entitled, Being White in Philly. I think some of the hysteria is caused by thoughts expressed in the comment section (which the mag has not shut down and which includes over 4000 comments at this time). One commenter whose mother sent him to a mostly black school narrated what total Hell life was there, and boy, the conversation got, ahem, "lively"!! It's worth reading now, because they will likely close the comments section at some point. It's there that you get "the rest of the story."
My “favorite” part of the article was the squishy leftist, yuppie white mother who insisted she would put her kid into the local school, as if she needed to prove how “open minded” she was.
Philadelphia was a great city, then the sixties happened.
If the article is renamed “being black in Philly” and the same type of
experiences related from the black perspective , it will be fine.
Then do it twit. Put your kids in an inner city school. and you be sure to drive them back and forth every day. Hope you enjoy the experience.
Isn’t the cretin mayor calling people “white folks” racist? Why doesn’t the anti-First-Amendment racist mayor pinhead STFU?
And so what if it was? The magazine should tell the mayor to pound sand!
white kid in black gradeschool 15 days ago −"Jen" BTW is the white woman whose model of "reaching out" we're supposed to follow.
As I white kid whose well-meaning parents enrolled him in a majority black school for the same noble reasons as "Jen", I just have to say that that decision is really negligent. I love how she makes it about herself. I love my parents dearly and have never told them about how lonely and terrifying it was to be one of the only white kids in my grade school. I love them too much to put that kind of guilt on them. I was constantly teased, picked on, and bullied by a few kids... and even the nicer kids never seemed to display any sort of empathy. Given the state of race relations in this country, and the overt disdain black people have for whites, I don't suppose I see how that would be surprising. Whites only think racism goes one way... they have no idea what its like for those of us in the trenches. Especially kids. 2054 15 ReplyShare