Last week, I posted about a mind-numbingly horrible segment aired by Fox News’ Cashin’ In regarding anti-Muslim profiling. In it, hedge fund manager Jonathan Hoenig made the following commentary:
This was commentary that could only be interpreted as full-throated support for Japanese American internment and the murder of thousands of Japanese civilians when executed in the pursuit of American military victory; Hoenig rationalizes therefore that anti-Muslim profiling is similarly justified (video of full original segment after the jump). Hoenig’s logic is so unspeakably flawed and immoral as to demand an accounting.
Over the course of the last week, several AAPIs have spoken out against Hoenig’s statements. The Japanese American Citizens’ League (JACL) issued a statement that read in part:
Representative Mike Honda posted on Facebook saying that he was “outraged”, calling Hoenig’s statements “idiotic” and “insensitive.
The National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of over twenty of the nation’s most prominent AAPI groups, demanded the following:
In a recent Cashin’ In episode, Jonathan Hoenig reappeared on the show to issue this apology:
If this was Hoenig’s point all along, then first, it got completely mangled. Second, Hoenig’s argument simply does not follow. If Hoenig asserts that profiling can be a “needed safeguard”, then he is arguing in defense of the kind of profiling that might see some people interned based on race (as we saw historically) or ideology (as we might see with Muslim Americans today). Hoenig cannot on the one hand say he finds Japanese American internment amoral and indefensible, and then on the other hand argue that the rules need not apply “in the context of wartime”.
Futhermore, Hoenig does not apologize for his statement on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (which I believe are equally as heinous), nor does he apologize to the South Asian and/or Muslim American communities for advocating contemporary profiling against them.
So yet again, this is the kind of sorry-not-sorry bullshit apology we get from mainstream pundits who racially misstep. Is anyone else tired of this endless cycle of dumb?
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