I statements are what people are supposed to use in counseling and in heated discussions, and an I statement is indeed what Juan Williams used. He says,
"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."This seems like the second firing for "bigoted" statements that strikes me as terribly unjust this year.
What worries me more is that this helps stifle real discussion about racial tensions in America. If we can't honestly express how we feel when confronted with certain minorities, then we can make no progress in solving the problem, only progress in pretending that the problem doesn't exist.