Thursday, September 17, 2009

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: John Hawkins at Right Wing News and the St. Louis School Bus Beating Incident

I've been a fierce critic of conservative blogger John Hawkins of Right Wing News on many occasions, and especially on his schizophrenia regarding the subject of race. Given that, I think it is only fair and just that I take the time to point out that Hawkins was one of the few conservatives in the very early stages of the breaking story about the St. Louis School Bus Beating Incident who didn't instantly jump on the "racism" bandwagon. When it became clear that the incident was less about racial tension and seemed more about simple grade school bullying, conservatives like Michelle Malkin and Rush Limbaugh, who shamelessly race hustled this incident, were left with egg on their faces for their incendiary race-baiting that they still haven't apologized for or backed down from.

But John Hawkins, to his credit, didn't take the bait. On this instance, Hawkins demonstrated a measure of sanity and restraint that his fellow conservative bloggers and pundits failed to show. I think that deserves some positive recognition on The Huck Upchuck given how often I've criticized Hawkins here.

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