Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s (R) new chief technology officer misrepresented civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in an effort to disparage the Black community and supporters of affirmative action, the Huffington Post reported on Tuesday.
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Ethan Czahor was hosting a radio show at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania in 2008 when he wrote a blog post, since deleted, with an advisory for readers who were “white liberal who feels guilty for being white.” The post and the site are inactive, the Post reported, but they were preserved on the Internet Archive.
“Martin Luther King, Jr. was a well-dressed, extremely well-spoken man; he didn’t have his pants sagged to his ankles, and he wasn’t delivering his speech in “jibberish” or “slang” (ie. he wasn’t speaking like a rapper),” Czahor wrote. “He understood that looking respectable and speaking clearly and concisely isn’t a trait of white men — it’s a trait of intelligent men.”
Czahor also argued that King’s work supported his stance against affirmative action programs.
“I don’t believe in the ‘black community’ (a hot topic in Presidential elections): just as I don’t believe in the ‘white community,'” he argued. “I don’t believe in ‘black leaders’: just as I would certainly not be comfortable with a white person claiming to speak for ‘all white people’. I believe black parents need to get their [email protected]# together, as the majority of newborn black babies belong to single-parent households. (Don’t listen to me — listen to Bill Cosby.)”
Two years later, Czahor criticized the Pledge of Allegiance in a post for the now-defunct conservative site Twice Right, saying it was “the opposite” of what the Tea Party movement stood for.
“Think about it: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,” he wrote at the time. “That means no matter what happens, no matter what the flag represents, whether capitalism, socialism, liberalism, or conservatism, you swear that you will always be an ally. Ha! An ally of socialism is something I’ll never be, thank you very much. My only ‘pledge of allegiance’ is to myself and my family. Now that’s the good stuff our founding fathers would go for.”
The Post’s report comes a day after Czahor, the founder of the website Hipster.com, scrubbed more than 40 tweets from his personal account upon Bush’s request for their content denigrating women and gay men.
Update, 9:07 p.m. EST: CNBC reported that Czahor resigned from Bush’s political action committee on Tuesday night.
[h/t Daily Kos]