And what was the Hon's verbal trespass? The Hampden cafe "posted on its Facebook page a photo of one of its staff members in blackface for Halloween." Lordy, lordy as unemployment borders on historical highs, Asians and Muslims are routinely slandered by right wing pundits, darker skinned immigrants are insulted by opponents of a law that makes it easier for immigrant children (almost all Mexicans or Latin Americans) to attend college in Maryland, and as recently as several months ago, The Sun for a solid week ran usually on its front page a thug-like picture of an alleged Black cannibal fanning racial fears and stereotypes far more than any black-faced partier.
While The Sun is correct that such jokes, costumes and so on are generally despicable, they are a matter of private choice, of something that The Sun's venerable writers of the past, including H. L. Mencken, Gerald Johnson, and Russell Baker, would instantly point out to its current (and in my opinion, utterly inferior crop of politically-correct zanies) reminding them that journalists use to defend free speech. Criticisms are in order but attempting to assign to an inferior wrung, if not a cabin in hell, to those who reflect what both the writer and many others might consider to be in bad taste advances neither journalism nor race relations.
I suggest that Mr. Cross-Barnet examine the works of