I'm not a bigot, but…
…these are bigoted statements...
…whenever I see a Mexican wearing chinos and a white t-shirt, I check my car keys.Every bit as and no more bigoted than what Juan Williams said. The only real difference is that he meant what he said.
…whenever I see a Jew wearing a yarmulke, I check my wallet.
…whenever I see a black guy wearing warm-ups instead of Dockers, I stay between him and my woman.
This is not about freedom of expression. He's as free to say what he said as I am to type this post. The New York Times, however, is not obliged to publish my snark and NPR is not obliged to broadcast Juan Williams' bigotry.
It's just commerce - Williams is no longer a brand that NPR chooses to feature. He's been a tough sell to a lot of the NPR customers for awhile anyway. He won't be much missed there. It'll be interesting to see how hard right he tacks as a full time FOX propagandist, though.