Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Accountability: Poets and Comedians Take Fall For 9/11

Bill Maher likes to boast on his show, Real Time, that he is the only person who lost his job as a result of 9/11.

ABC did not renew Bill's contract for Politically Incorrect after he agreed with political analyst Dinesh D'Souza in saying that the 9/11 hijackers were, contrary to the popular thing to say, not cowards.

"We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly." - Bill Maher

Well Bill, you're not the only one.

I've been reading some Amiri Baraka the last couple days, and I've discovered that he, apparently, lost his job over 9/11 too. At the time of the attacks, Baraka was New Jersey's Poet Laureate, a title that was stripped from him after he wrote "Somebody Blew Up America". The Anti-Defamation League attacked the poem, and the poet, calling the work "Anti-Semitic venom". The claim is essentially based in ignorance, especially when one considers the questions Baraka raises on behalf of Jews about their own experiences with the "domestic terrorism" he suggests has become a part of daily life for African-Americans.

Governor Jim McGreevey, after the poems publication, attempted to remove Baraka from the position of Poet Laureate. After learning that there was no legal way to strip Baraka of the title, he abolished the position all together.

Better that there be no voice than a voice that won't fall in line.

Here you can read Amiri Baraka's response to claims that the poem is Anti-Semitic.

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