MSNBC's and Time's Touré, who has been exposed as a 9/11 Truther, wrote yesterday that racism is so pervasive that people--like George Zimmerman--who believe they are not racist might still be racist, subconsciously, inside their minds.
Is Touré guilty of the same sin of which he accuses Zimmerman? It would appear so.
The New York Times had the write-up on March 27, 2005 about when Touré met his future wife (emphasis added):
The couple met more than four years ago at the Limelight, the former Chelsea nightclub, where Lenny Kravitz was shooting a music video. ''I don't even like Lenny Kravitz,'' said Toure, 34, who uses only one name. ''I don't know what I was doing there.'' But soon he spotted Miss Nakouzi, whom he assumed was Indian.
He introduced himself and told her, ''It's funny I'm meeting you now because I'm reading 'Midnight's Children,''' the Salman Rushdie book.
''That's great,'' she replied. ''But I'm not Indian.''
Whoops. I guess all brown people look alike to Touré.
So, when will Touré apologize to his wife for racially profiling her?
Not anytime soon, I’m afraid. Touré has expanded the scope of his profiling probe to all of white America.
He has turned down going on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News, for example, because he stereotyped all of its viewers.
"I don't want to be in the position of being really critical of black people on O'Reilly's show because that feels like being a part of ganging up on Michael Jackson or whomever," Touré explained to the Orlando Sentinel in 2004. "But on CNN, I'm more comfortable being critical of black people because I know the [CNN] audience is much more sympathetic and understanding."
Now, in his latest “Ideas” piece for Time, Touré gives us his profile of the racist mind and tells us that white racism is so insidious that whites don’t even know they are racist!
Perhaps Touré, like his apparent namesake--the late Ahmed Sékou Touré, tyrant for life of Guinea--wants to control our thoughts.
Maybe Touré should listen to his wife, who told The New York Times at their wedding: ''I don't really view the world with race in mind.”
Would that her husband shared her common sense--but then, perhaps, he wouldn’t have much of a career.