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Flashback: Prospective White House press secretary accused of racism

Published: Wednesday April 19, 2006

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Tony Snow, the Fox News personality who has been in talks with the White House to become Bush's new press secretary, was recently accused by bloggers of racism.

RAW STORY covered in December that a blogger had uncovered syndicated columns by Snow, then host of The Tony Snow Show on FOX News Radio and Weekend Live with Tony Snow on the Fox News Channel, on a white supremacist website. It's unclear whether the column was reprinted with permission. The column appeared in various places including the Jewish World Review.

Snow's criticism of Kwanzaa took a controversial turn, focusing on war crimes in an attempt to argue that African-Americans should not celebrate their cultural heritage:

Go to Kenya, where I taught briefly as a young man, and you'll see endless hostility between Kikuyu, Luo, Luhya and Masai. Even South African politics these days have more to do with tribal animosities than ideological differences.
Moreover, chaos too often prevails over order. Warlords hold sway in Somalia, Eritrea, Liberia and Zaire. Genocidal maniacs have wiped out millions in Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia. The once-shining hopes for Kenya have vanished.
Detroit native Keith Richburg writes in his extraordinary book, "Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa," that "this strange place defies even the staunchest of optimists; it drains you of hope ..."
Richburg, who served for three years as the African bureau chief for The Washington Post, offers a challenge for the likes of Karenga: "Talk to me about Africa and my black roots and my kinship with my African brothers and I'll throw it back in your face, and then I'll rub your nose in the images of rotting flesh."

After receiving emails from readers, a person claiming to be Snow contacted RAW STORY via the on-site comment form, explaining that he had not granted permission for the supremacist site to use his material, and had asked them to remove it.

A RAW STORY editor replied, in order to verify Snow's identity through direct e-mail, and asking a follow-up question about the content of his controversial column. Snow, or the person claiming to be Snow, did not reply.