How does someone qualify for description as an "eminent politician" by the New York Times? Being very, very liberal seems to help.
Today on its Web site, the newspaper reports "Percy Sutton, Eminent Politician, Dies at 89." Mr. Sutton maintained a long list of liberal bona fides. In a book last year he was quoted:
"I like the fact that my family was a family of protesters. I like the fact that some of them were Communists."
He also spoke of his satisfaction of "being in jail with Stokely Carmichael and other revolutionaries." In the December 14, 1972 issue of Jet Magazine (page 32), Sutton acknowledged it would be nice to be mayor, but "I don't think that New Yorkers are ready for a person with my liberal views and for someone with the color of my skin."
New York Times reporter Katie Thomas embraced radical chic near the end of her front-page story Tuesday on the prospect for political protests at the 2008 Olympics, hosted by China.
Perhaps the best-known examples are the American sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith, who at the 1968 Games in Mexico City raised their clenched fists on the medal podium during the playing of the national anthem in a salute to black power. The action enraged the Olympic organizers, and Mr. Carlos and Mr. Smith were soon ushered out of the country. Now, 40 years later, their action is celebrated as heroic.
Raising a "Black Power" fist in defiance of the national anthem qualifies as heroic in the mind of the Times?
Radical Pan-African activist Stokely Carmichael, who coined the phrase, said of his movement:
When you talk of black power, you talk of building a movement that will smash everything Western civilization has created.