I Don’t Hate Anyone!
August 14, 2010
Those of you who have been following my career must know how the race question caused me all kinds of trouble.
The truth of the matter is quite simply that my views and feelings about the race issue in this country are basically no different than most Americans of goodwill.
The question is not one we can really talk about in a sterile, clinical, and academic way. If we are truly honest, we will have to admit the real feelings we have may not be easily expressed without misinterpretation.
In 1994, Philip Gourevitch of New York Magazine, never asked me if I hated blacks. He never asked me anything of that sort.
He did ask me how I felt about affirmative action and race based scoring and the various other questions which have to do with political policy and social consequences of forced school busing . . . things like that.
He never once asked me if I hated any race and, if so, why. Never was that question or anything like it put to me.
And yet, months later, on the last weekend in October when that particular issue of New York Magazine hit the newsstands, there it was . . . a photo of me wrapped in a WABC banner and the caption said, “Bob Grant, why he hates blacks!”
I was dumbstruck. I was flabbergasted. What can anybody say about something like that? The damage has been done and no one seems to care.
Do you care?