An open letter to Billmon:
Hey, I wasn’t going to comment on the minstrel thing (though I was bothered by it), but your arrogant response to your critics has drawn me out. You’ve discovered the favorite defense of those who cause offense by being insensitive: say that your critics are being insincere and (wait for it!) politically correct. You give no evidence that those on the left who were offended (every one of them, apparently) are insincere, and you are very cavalier in suggesting that those who complain are not “willing to fight for social justice or even lift a finger.” Well, people can walk and chew gum at the same time, and taking offense at the use of a racially charged image to comment on a resolutely minor news item is a sign of sincerity, not the opposite. To make things worse, your ridiculous, self-serving discussion of your own ideology and all the people who love to throw stones at you only makes you sound like the guy in college who won’t stop talking about how he’s figured it all out. Please stop preening and get back to what you do well.