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Oct 25 2019

Rich Lowry Finds His Own Medicine Tastes Bitter

What goes around comes around. Rich Lowry, who has policed the boundaries of permissible dissent on behalf of the liberal establishment, has received a wooden shampoo with his own thought cop night stick.

From his National Review:

The editor of New York University’s independent student-run newspaper, Washington Square News, pulled an advertisement for National Review editor Rich Lowry’s upcoming book from the paper because exposure to the ad may have “marginalized people of color,” according to a statement released Thursday.

Lowry bought the ad to promote a talk he was scheduled to give at NYU last night to push his forthcoming book The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, And Free. When they killed the ad, his only notification was a refund of his payment.

After he publicly complained,

[T]he Washington Square News editor explained that she had unilaterally decided to pull the ad in order to shield “people of color on campus” from exposure to the phrase “Nationalism is a good thing,” which, in keeping with the book’s topic, was placed prominently at the top of the page.

Nationalism and racism obviously are not the same thing — except when antinationalist moonbats proclaim that they are.

The editor is never named in the National Review source article. She must be Woman of Color Sakshi Venkatraman. Ms Venkatraman barks the following:

“The word ‘nationalism,’ as it exists in today’s political lexicon, connotes xenophobia and white supremacy, and printing it in large letters on the back of our paper would have marginalized people of color on our campus and our staff.”

If it “connotes” something liberals don’t like, it can be banned. That’s why Nike nixed a line of sneakers with the Betsy Ross Flag. The original flag of the USA was proclaimed by Colin Kaepernick to connote racism.

Sakshi reassures her fellow snowflakes not to worry; they will be safe from the word “nationalism” in the future:

“[W]e have put practices in place to ensure that an ad of this nature does not again get so far along in the process before being canceled.”

“But… but……,” gasps Lowry.

Lowry responded to the statement on Twitter Thursday afternoon, arguing that the editor’s contention that nationalism is inherently linked to “xenophobia and white supremacy” represents a “lazy misunderstanding” and, ironically, illustrates the book’s relevance to the contemporary political environment.

Lowry can still try to explain himself on Twitter for now, but not in the pages of the Washington Square News, from which he has been deplatformed.

Speaking of deplatforming, Lowry would be a more sympathetic character if he had not pulled something far worse on John Derbyshire, a former National Review regular who was piously fired by the pearl-clutching Lowry for a valuable piece he published elsewhere that was deemed racist by politically correct information gatekeepers.

Turns out that feeding the totalitarian crocodile people to your right does not guarantee that it won’t eat you too.

On a tip from Varla.



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