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19 March 2013

Mayor Nutter, The First Amendment, And That "National Conversation On Race"


Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is incensed about an article in Philadelphia Magazine entitled "Being White In Philly:  Whites, Race, Class, And The Things That Never Get Said."   So upset is he that he has written a letter to the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission.  As has been proven the case over and over again with other Big City, Totalitarian Mayors like Michael Bloomberg, Rahm Emanuel, and Thomas Menino, Mayor Nutter has little respect for the Constitution.  Free speech?  Meh.  Freedom of the press?  Fuggitaboutit.

While I fully recognize that constitutional protections afforded the press are intended to protect the media from censorship by the government, the First Amendment, like other constitutional rights, is not an unfettered right, and notwithstanding the First Amendment, a publisher has a duty to the public to exercise its role in a responsible way. I ask the Commission to evaluate whether the “speech” employed in this essay is not the reckless equivalent of “shouting ‘fire!’ in a crowded theater,” its prejudiced, fact-challenged generalizations an incitement to extreme reaction.

You'll note that Mayor Nutter couldn't even resist from putting the word "speech" in quotation marks.  We are talking about an article in a respected magazine, not some inflammatory words made by the Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan before sending his sheeted troops through a poor, black neighbourhood.

Remember when Eric Holder called us a "Nation of Cowards" because we "refused to have a national conversation on race"?  Well, look what happens to a Progressive and a Progressive media outlet when they attempt to have a frank, honest conversation on race.  You see, the conversation can only be had if we agree that everything is our fault.  Only African-Americans can address the problems in their community.  We cannot mention a word about the problems like illegitimacy, drug addiction, abandoned fathers, a poor work ethic, etc. 

Only Mayor Nutter is allowed to make statements like this:

“If you want…anybody else to respect you and not be afraid when they see you walking down the street, then leave the innocent people who are walking down the street minding their own damn business. Leave them alone.  You’ve damaged yourself, you’ve damaged another person, you’ve damaged your peers and, quite honestly, you’ve damaged your own race.  You damaged your own race.”


“Take those God darn hoodies down, especially in the summer. Pull your pants up and buy a belt ’cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt. Nobody.  If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ’cause you look like you’re crazy!”


“The Immaculate Conception of our Lord Jesus Christ took place a long time ago, and it didn’t happen here in Philadelphia. So every one of these kids has two parents who were around and participating at the time. They need to be around now.”


“Parents who neglect their children, who don’t know where they are, who don’t know what they’re doing, who don’t know who they’re hanging out with, you’re going to find yourself spending some quality time with your kids in jail.”


“If you’re not providing the guidance,and you’re not sending any money, you’re just a sperm donor.”

Only Mayor Nutter is allowed to speak his mind or the truth or make "prejudiced, fact-challenged generalisations" that some might find "an incitement to extreme reaction."

Only Mayor Nutter is allowed to say what he said.  The people in the article were making "prejudiced, fact-challenged generalisations" that some might find "an incitement to extreme reaction" even though much of what was said in the article was along the very same lines.

If you say a word about any of these things, Mayor Nutter will turn you over to the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission.

Hypocrite much, Mayor Nutter?

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