Mike Adams

Perhaps offended gay liberals will say that Franken’s anti-gay remarks provide evidence that he is actually gay himself. Maybe they will back this assertion by saying that he “looks gay” – something conservatives have thought for years but were not allowed to say under the prohibition against “unfair meanness.”

And, who knows, maybe homosexual liberals will start to throw quiche at Franken when he speaks on college campuses. Food throwing is an example of “fair meanness,” largely because conservatives don’t do it.

But maybe it really is an example of “unfair meanness” to focus on Franken’s justification of the murder of homosexuals without giving adequate attention to his racism.

For example, Franken once wrote a skit for Saturday Night Live (SNL), which was supposed to feature Garrett Morris – the only black actor on SNL at the time – doing a mock commercial for a product called “Tar brush.” The product was supposed to help darken the white shiny teeth of black people. This racist parody resulted in two black technicians walking off the show in disgust.

In all fairness – as opposed to “mean unfairness” or “unfair meanness” - making racist jokes has seldom been necessary for Al Franken to run black people out of the workplace. This is because few blacks are to be found working with Franken in the first place. This is especially the case when Franken is doing the hiring.

Thanks to the research of Peter Schweizer, I learned that both executive producers and all four researchers at Air America just happen to be white. And of the 14 researchers who worked on Franken’s book "Lies", all just happen to be white just like all of the researchers for his previous books.

And his feature film Stuart Saves His Family used, not just a white director, but all white writers, producers, editors, and cinematographers. His 2004 documentary Fox v. Franken used eleven senior staffers, all of them white. The Al Franken Show also had five producers, and again, all of them were white. And all the senior people were white on all three of the specials he produced for SNL. On his films When a Man Loves a Woman and One More Saturday Night, all senior administrative personnel were white.

But there is good news, too. On Lateline, the TV series Franken created, one of the 25 senior personnel slots was held by a non-white person.

To put things in perspective, when Al Franken directly hires or has strong influence in hiring decisions, blacks have less than a one percent chance of making the cut. This is despite the nearly 13% representation of blacks in the general population.

Of course, I’m not really calling Al Franken a racist. Relying on solid logic and indisputable facts would constitute “unfair meanness.” And, who knows, Al might challenge me to a fistfight.


Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.