It seems that, no matter what your political persuasion, many times those with opinion power are guilty of painting an opposing view with an overly wide brush. Such is the case with Leonard Pitts’ March 5 column in which he opines “social conservatism is where logic fears to tread. It is a world view driven by fear of the world beyond its racial, gender, religious, cultural and intellectual borders. Historically, it always has been.”
He then cites three examples of what that fear mongering has produced.
Unfortunately his example of “fear the Japanese” simply disproves his conjecture.
In 1941, the public at large had reasonable concerns about the Japanese after Pearl Harbor, as we did after 9/11.
But who was it that authorized the internment camps?
Sorry, Mr. Pitts, it wasn’t a crazy conservative but rather it was President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who authorized the internment camps through executive order No. 9066.
It’s interesting that one of the most liberal/progressive presidents of the modern era would get credit for the narrow-minded world view of conservative (Republican) fear mongers.
Pitts proves two things in his column: Historically, it hasn’t always been just conservatives guilty of fear mongering, and don’t believe everything you read.