For those not familiar with his work, Williams is an award-winning journalist, who has authored or co-authored six books on the Black American experience in the United States and writes for several newspapers, including The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Aside from his print work, Williams worked (until Wednesday) as Senior Correspondent for NPR and is a Fox News Analyst.
During an appearance on The O'Reilly Factor Monday night, Williams was talking to host Bill O'Reilly about the growing problem in the United States with Muslims, who have ties to Jihadists around the world.
Look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.
NPR executives did not take too kindly to his comments, especially after receiving complaints from the Council on American Islamic Relations. Williams told Fox News that after 10 years with the company, NPR didn’t even have the courtesy to fire him in person. They told him over the phone that his contract was terminated.
According to an NPR statement:
His remarks on The O'Reilly Factor this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.Now, I don't know about you but, does expressing a very "personal" concern about flying make you a bigot? Then, why, after more than two decades of expressing his opinion on NPR, CNN, Fox News and several national newspapers, would it be undermining to the credibility of NPR for Williams to express this opinion?
Unfortunately, it's yet another indication of how we, as a nation, are walking on thin ice when it comes to political correctness.