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Ingraham: Time to stop making excuses for others on basis of race

When guest hosting Friday night’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” Laura Ingraham argued that we perform a disservice to disadvantaged minorities when we offer excuses for their words and behavior, and the prosecution’s star witness in “State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman” is a case in point.

In her “Talking Points Memo,” Ingraham noted that prosecution witness, Rachel Jeantel, did not consider Trayvon Martin’s description of Zimmerman as a “creepy-ass cracker” to be a racial pejorative, although most would disagree.

Quoting Daniel Patrick Moynihan, she referred to this attitude as “the soft bigotry of low expectations,” and wondered if “We have to excuse her poor manners, her disrespectful language, and cocky ignorance because she’s black?”

She noted that many black leaders have said that “when we set a low bar for people, they never end up rising above it.”

Ingraham concluded, “making excuses for poor performance and lousy manners just because of skin color just keeps kids stuck in a cycle of underachievement and resentment.”

On a personal note, making such excuses for a person’s behavior and performance amounts to expanding affirmative action to its illogical ends.

H/T Mediaite.

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