My "big fundamental" is that being _left_ means working for a more egalitarian, democratic society, but also for fairness, not ethnic or other kinds of favoritism. Because the left has turned away from fairness it is lost and unpopular. I'm a small voice hoping to push the left back toward its basics and its natural popularity.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Joan Rivers, Anti-Racism Warrior

Joan Rivers became an anti-racism warrior a couple nights ago. One of Britain's leading "professional black guys," Darcus Howe, insinuated that she was a racist, and she went off, yet with exactly the right language such accusations deserve. The 72-year-old sustained her attack until Mr. Howe retreated. (Very hard to do, by the way: her performance is a great argument against age-ism.). A transcript of the exchange is in the Guardian.

I think professional black guy was first irritated when Joan interrupted his race-based slant on how poorly he'd raised his kid with the following: "I'm so, so bored of race. I think people should inter-marry. Everybody should be part this, part that and part everything. Race doesn't mean a damn thing. Everybody should just relax, take the best of their cultures and move forward."

Read more in the Telegraph and Independent.