During an interview on 7/21/2019, while reflecting on a previous remark Senator Cory Booker made, CNN’s Dana Bash asked the senator about whether or not he’d meet with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Bash went on to describe the provocative-renowned minister as an ‘unabashed anti-Semitic'”
Apparently, Senator Booker’s remark was, “I don’t feel like I need to do that, but I’m not one of those people who says I wouldn’t sit down with anybody to hear what they have to say.”
Bash: Is that still where you are?
Senator: Well first of all, that [that] is completely taken out of context, that larger conversation.
Bash: Okay, give me the context.
Senator: I will not sit down with Louis Farrakhan, PERIOD; and I reject anybody who preaches that kind of bigotry and hate toward other Americans.
Bash ends the questioning with a devious smile.
My observation and opinions: I guess it would have been political suicide if the junior senator had maintained his original position. But one has to wonder whether or not the senator’s response would’ve been different had Bash asked him the same question about former grand wizard of the ku klux klan David Duke.
My point is, why abandon your convictions just because America’s mainstream media use you as sort of a political football to permeate division and hate across America’s populace. Clearly Dana’s question about Louis Farrakhan was ill-intentioned, and backed the senator into a proverbial corner.
Consequently, the beauty about not running for a political office is that you’re free to speak your mind, even when opposing parties hate you to the core for doing so. Perhaps the senator should take in consideration CNN’s past; particularly in how the network have participated in leveraging hate speech and heinous racist crimes against Black and Brown folk in order to bolster its bottom line.
Me personally; regardless of whether or not it’s the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, or the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke, or some other controversial figure, I don’t believe they should be completely alienated because of their opposing views – whether such views are deemed extreme or not. A lack of communication, or no communication at all can be just as counterproductive as the vocal admonishment of “anybody.”
Final perspective: Don’t be intimidated by CNN Senator Booker. Stand by your convictions, as this is what the American people want to see in a politician; win or lose, stand your ground!