The UNITY: Journalists of Color organization has a new press release (7/14/09) denouncing July 8 comments by Fox and Friends‘ Brian Kilmeade, in which he “made a crude and bafflingly ignorant attempt to dismiss a study on marriage and Alzheimer’s that was conducted in Sweden and Finland.” Kilmeade’s remarks that “we [Americans] keep marrying other species and other ethnics,” “Swedes have pure genes” and “in America we marry everybody” have the advocacy group declaring they “don’t know where to begin”:
Did the study not apply to Americans because of racial intermarriage? Are racially integrated couples more likely to exacerbate the symptoms of dementia?
Mr. Kilmeade‘s outlandish comments were more than silly and worthy of ridicule. They validate, under the guise of light-hearted humor, the basest of white supremacist ideologies, the notion that white people and non-white people are of different species, with the white race as “pure.” Without question, the comments should have been denounced immediately as racist, ignorant and bigoted.
Instead, a baffled co-host Gretchen Carlson rightly questioned Kilmeade’s mental state, and someone off-camera whistled “If I Only Had a Brain.” The song was well-chosen, seeing as the comments lacked intelligence, heart and courage, and should not have a home on anything resembling a news program.
Watch the video here and then join UNITY in calling for Fox News to “issue an immediate apology for Mr. Kilmeade’s offensive comments” and “enter into a serious discussion on the program regarding intermarriage and the value of diversity in our society.”