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On Fox News, Only Whites Have Rights

Reported by Judy - December 8, 2006 -

On Fox News, white people have unlimited rights and people of color have rights only to the extent they don't interfere with those of white people, which means, they don't really have any at all. That's fair, isn't it?

The latest illustration of this point came Thursday (Dec. 7, 2006) on Fox News' "Live Desk" with Martha MacCallum. MacCallum interviewed an attorney for an Ohio bar that had put up a sign reading, "For Service, Speak English." The attorney, K.C. McAlpin, is the executive director of a group advocated English-only laws.

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission contended the sign amounted to discrimination on the basis of national origin and pressured the owner to change the sign. The new sign reads, "Here we speak English."

McAlpin claimed the legal action was unfair because it was not based on anyone actually being denied service.

That would have been easy to remedy. The commission could have sent an undercover investigator into the bar to place an order in Spanish and see if the owner would refuse to provide service. But why not take the owner at his word?

MacCallum pursued the idea that having to remove the sign violated the owner's right to free speech. She apparently does not understand that Ohio law, according to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission website, says that all public accommodations must be open to the public and that it is unlawful for a proprietor "to deny any person the full enjoyment of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, or privileges based on the bases of race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or ancestry."

According to MacCallum's philosophy, the white owner has the right to disobey that law. A person of color or anyone the white owner doesn't like for other stated reasons has a right to service under the law only if the white feels like serving them.

Based on the frequency that MacCallum comes up with these segments on some white person's rights being violated, MacCallum does not understand the need to balance individual rights in a social setting -- where individuals exercising their rights to the fullest extent come in contact and conflict with each other.

This balancing occurs even when individuals of the same race come into conflict. I have a right to play my stereo full blast at 2 a.m., but my neighbor has a right to be secure in his or her home.

In MacCallum's world, everybody's rights are unlimited -- if they're white.