Besides working for MSNBC, hosts Melissa Harris-Perry and Touré have something else in common: Both are contemptuous of people of “pallor.” Harris-Perry, who was born to a white mother, disavows her heritage, stating, “I’ve never thought of myself as biracial. I’m black.” And Touré, while in college at Emory University between 1989 and 1992, founded a student newspaper dedicated to “black liberation theology,” with all that implies.
The Daily Caller reported on Tuesday:
Touré’s flagship publication, ‘The Fire This Time,” lavished praise on famous anti-Semites, black supremacists, and conspiracy theorists whom Touré helped bring to campus. Before he became an intense-but-sardonic TV personality, Touré also decried ‘the suffocating white community’ and defended a nationally famous fake hate crime.
The paper, which Touré describes as having been “an important black voice on campus,” solicited funds solely from blacks. The host explains:
Kujichagulia means self-determination. Economic kujichagulia is an essential part of any realistic program of African-American liberation. This is why we insist on being completely funded by African-Americans.
The publication’s content predictably was a mix of identity politics and what the DC writers call “post-modern flapdoodle — mark it as an item of its time.”
The article notes that Touré claims he did not at the time consider the possibility that attending a “white school” might provide educational opportunities, networking advantages, or job placement leads, though these are reasons most people give for choosing a college.
The young Touré, who also viewed “The Fire This Time” as “a form of community building” sounds a lot like the young Barack Obama. He wrote on the plight of the “black tribe” and of “the suffocating white community that surrounds it” and about the “oppression of African Americans on and off campus.” He urged black students to “create organs to help them channel activity and support them.”
None of the details brought to light in the article are particularly surprising for anyone who has kept tabs on Touré as a pundit on MSNBC. It takes a one-track mind to take a news story as straightforward as a Carnival cruise in which passengers are inconvenienced for five days and compare their plight with slaves during the Middle Passage. If you need someone to make that tenuous connection, Touré is your man.
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