Alan Korwin, Scottsdale Gun-Law Author, Says "Birther" Is the "New 'N' Word"

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According to a Scottsdale gun-law author, the word "birther" is a derogatory term "equivalent of the 'N' word."

Perhaps it's not surprising to hear something a bit nuts coming from the author of After You Shoot: Your Gun's Hot. The Perp's Not. Now What?, but Alan Korwin actually got this on the East Valley Tribune and Arizona Republic websites.

"'Birther,' used by the media with impunity, is a derogatory slur, the equivalent of the 'N' word used for another group to cast them as sub-human," Korwin writes. "You apply this new 'N' word to a huge group of politically-active Americans who've raised legitimate questions on a legitimate topic."

Correct us if we're wrong here, but while there are plenty of words that begin with the letter "N," the "'N' word" is reserved to mean "nigger." Yeah, it's offensive.

Of course, Korwin doesn't use the actual word "nigger," he cops out with "'N' word" -- while still using the allegedly derogatory "birther" instead of "'B' Word."

We told Korwin in an email yesterday we'd be writing this post, highlighting his comparison of the words "birther" and "nigger," but he wrote us back saying that comparison "would be patently false, attribut[ing] a word to me that I deliberately did not use, and would not represent what I said or meant."

"Both terms are derogatory slurs," Korwin says. "The people represented are not equivalent."

As we wrote in that email to Korwin, being called a "birther" for believing in what is -- by definition -- a conspiracy theory, doesn't compare to the motives for non-black people to call a black person "nigger." There's a bit of a loaded history behind the slur for black people, too.

Unfortunately, he wasn't buying it.

"'Birther' is used by the media to demean and denigrate skeptics, in a similar fashion as the 'N' word is used by the public to portray a group in an unfavorable light," Korwin responds. "This is a common technique of left-leaning media, well documented, used when rational argument fails. I hope you would agree that name calling is hardly a valid journalistic technique. Swap 'skeptic' for 'birther' in any of those stories and see how differently they read."

The "B' word" is probably the most precise term for people who believe President Obama's from Africa, as many of the people subscribing to the theories embrace it. Maybe it's the silliness that's always surrounding the "B' word" that makes it sound like a dirty word.

Korwin -- who claims to be a former board member for Arizona's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists -- says the investigations like that of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Cold Case Posse "is not a conspiracy theory, it is research."

"Calling people 'skeptics' instead of the derogatory 'birther' would be more journalistic, unbiased, and worthy of ethical journalism," he says. "It would improve the craft and people's somewhat negative impressions of journalism. Many people out here do not expect journalists to do that, confirming their observations that media in general operates from a closed mind, driven by a forgone agenda. That might fit your definition of a conspiracy theory, but I see it simply as business as usual."


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j_in_mesa
j_in_mesa

Google 'JPFO Gun Control is Racist' for an opposing point of view.

Zapata
Zapata

Alan Corwin is absolutely correct. Why he would attempt to reason with the left I'll probably never understand. And one day the truth will come out about what's his faces place of birth and there's going to be much whining, whimpering and wringing of hands on the part of the left. But it'll will likely be determined to be Bush's fault.

Carolann
Carolann

I wonder if the birthers still believe that the Earth is flat? :D After how many people have verified the birth certificate, you have to wonder where these people's brains need some air from all that time they have spent sitting on them. Skepticism is one thing; downright stupidity is another!

gregg r
gregg r

wow, how can anyone with half a brain say something as stupid as this. To say that calling a person  a birther is the same as calling someone a nigger, is just plain wrong. Who is this idiot and what is his claim to fame.  Its hard to believe this idiot is an author when he make no sense.  Just another racist in Arizona, denying his racism.  I guess it makes the fool feel better.

AZDem9933
AZDem9933

Anyone who was a real skeptic would not be a Birther. Sorry, Alan. 

Nikkiru
Nikkiru

So a mild epithet for a form of mass insanity is equivalent of an epithet used against people who were enslaved for 300 years, then only granted limited citizenship status for another 100?

Clearly, this man is a mental incompetent as well as a racist.

 

DisabledWorker
DisabledWorker

If a birther really is a birther, and not just somebody pandering to them, or encouraging them for political reasons, they would wear the label with pride.

For no apparent reason, because they are completely wrong, but they would be proud anyway because they don't know they are wrong. That's why they're birthers.

Skipdallas1
Skipdallas1

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA this is so funny I can't stop laughing HA HA HA HA ! what an idiot! Another Arizona Asshole speaks up and makes a fool of himself. There must be something in the water out there that causes political nuttiness!

Mark Stout
Mark Stout

Difference is that you can be born with black skin, but to be a birther you have to make an active choice; you have to decide to turn your back on the truth, United States and your brothers and sisters and actively seek to slander President Obama even when the facts indicate that the President is an American and birthers are bigoted jerks. The N-word usually indicates skin color at birth; nobody asks you to decide what color you skin is. Birthers have made a conscious choice; the Republican Party, Democratic Party, a conservative Supreme Court and the head of the Republican Party for the State of Hawaii all agree that an American named Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. The KKK came out and said that if he was elected, they would not raise their hand against him. Remember that? When you've taken action to show the world that words like "adult", "responsible" and "citizen" don't apply to you, "birther" is about the nicest thing that you're going to get called.

Ethangirlsmom
Ethangirlsmom

I think the title question is answered:  Whether or not you were the attacker, whether or not you were doing the damage, you just say you were "scared" and that makes it okay.  Best, of course, if you're white and the dead guy isn't.

Noxious1
Noxious1

Next he'll be complaining about "the media's" use of the term "conspiracy theory".

Imbetterthanyou
Imbetterthanyou

This idea that the media shouldn't be biased is nonsense. The media should be honest, not balanced. The data is in on Obama's birth. The story has been checked out and no longer merits serious consideration. Birthers' failure to accept reality is not something that the media has an obligation to validate. Doing so would be a grave disservice to society. The media's job as to birthers is to mention them only when they do something newsworthy and always describe their belief system as "long-discredited" so that the public is never given the false impression that birthers views are worth considering.

TimLeary
TimLeary

Cuckoo . . . . Cuckoo . . . . Cuckoo.

jdawglx01
jdawglx01

Derogatory? Like Nigger? When you can't research US Law enough to know that if you come out a natural US female citizen's vaginal cavity NO MATTER WHAT NO MATTER WHERE you're a natural US citizen you deserve an even better term. RETARD.

Randy Bragge
Randy Bragge

I always figured it was easier to call them birthers instead of moron/idiot/clueless/bias/prejudiced.  The problem with claiming that birther is equivalant to any racial slur is that birthers are proud to be birthers.  It just makes them that more dumb.

Ranb

Ryan
Ryan

Birthers aren't "skeptics". They're highly credulous baffoons, willing to swallow nonsense. And as such, they deserve to be mocked.

Lev Lafayette
Lev Lafayette

Excuse me if I get this wrong, Alan Korwin is suggesting that birthers spend several generations in slavery followed by segregation?

Terrible! Just terrible, I say. Poor Mr. Trump, how will he cope under such conditions?

Joseph A
Joseph A

Here's a thought for you, Mr. Korwin...if you're going to embrace crazed conspiratorial theories with no evidence to support them, don't be surprised when you're the subject of derision from the rest of us. 

Why don't birthers just bravely come forward and tell the public the real truth, that they're birthers for no other reason than they hate Obama? At least you'd finally be honest. 

And equating yourself to the black civil rights movement only serves to make yourselves look dramatically more pathetic. 

Markkraft
Markkraft

Birther isn't like a racial slur. It's more like calling someone a flat earther... someone who ignores the evidence that has been repeatedly provided to them, and spouts bizarre, unproven theories. It's a form of willful ignorance, basically... which is an appropriate way to describe the BIrthers, frankly. 

Bwdelicious
Bwdelicious

"racist" or "child molester" are derogatory terms also, but they are what they are. "Birther" is no different. The term "nigger" is subjective and therefore very open to interpretation and dependent on usage by whom and for what reason. Thereby... Very different.

Mr. Politits
Mr. Politits

Big difference dude.  A black person cannot change the color of his skin to prevent biggots from hating them.  A "birther" chose to follow a rediculous conspiracy theory, they can prevent intelligent and rational people from calling them "birthers" by accepting reality. 

Adrian
Adrian

They needed to apologize after Hawaii released it's birth certificate for Obama.  Until they do, they'll continue to be Birthers.

RealSkeptic
RealSkeptic

The problem here is that Matt doesn't seem to realize that being a birther doesn't actually warrant any kind of respect. Birthers believe in increasingly complex and ridiculous conspiracies to validate themselves. So far the state of Hawaii, all the states who validated Obama's citizenship, the press, and every judge who looked at a birther case are all in on the conspiracy. To buy in to that doesn't make you a skeptic. It actually shows that you are far more gullible than the average person.

Adrian
Adrian

Not sure if serious

Say What?
Say What?

A skeptic is a person who holds true to the idea that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.  The idea that the State of Hawaii, under both Republican and Democratic leadership, is involved in a half-century long conspiracy to falsify the birth of a then-anonymous biracial child of a single mother is a rather extraordinary one.  Compound that with the extreme difficulty and expense for Obama's mother to make the trip to Kenya for the lone purpose of birthing her son. So no.  No one who questions Obama's birth can honestly call them-self a skeptic.

Dammiteb
Dammiteb

"Birther"
is a newer word for "Klan" or "nut" or "Klan nut." Sorry, Anus Korwin,
decent people don't get thrown off the scent as easily as your friends
do.

Eric Jacobson
Eric Jacobson

Did you ever look at someone and think "Man, I wish their parents were in Jonestown for the Kool Ade party?" This is one of those people.

Chris Reul
Chris Reul

well, at least they figured out a way battle parody.  O_o

P Gustafson
P Gustafson

The persecution complex among right wing nuts keeps hitting new depths.

Marcy
Marcy

You are born black.  You can't stop being black.
You aren't born a stupid birther and you can stop being a stupid birther.

Ed
Ed

Hum... I think Mr. Korwin properly explained his use of the comparison -- it is simply name calling, instead of a rational discussion.  It's the same with Geraldo Rivera who said birthers are smoking crack -- just reducing the conversation to the level of children.  That's what the media is doing every time new facts come to light -- yes, I said facts.  It is a fact that Obama's literary agent was promoting the future president since 1991 (mind you) as having been born in Kenya.  If that's not newsworthy -- jeez... what the hell are we doing? 

I mean, they make news out of the most mundane things.  Even if you want to absolutely believe the letter from Hawaii that does not provide a certified copy of anything -- this would still be newsworthy on the scale of saying?  If you were born in Hawaii -- why were you lying to promote yourself as being from Kenya, Mr. President?  At the very least -- at the very least --  that makes him careless (as if a new author would not scrutinize his bio better, which Obama would have had to provide to the agent) or most likely a liar, which goes directly to character.  Instead, we shut our eyes and close our ears and yell "birthers" "birthers" at the top of our lungs -- it would be hilarious, if it weren't so ridiculous.

Marcy
Marcy

I have never met a birther who was a reasonable person interested in the truth.

Daddyd2612
Daddyd2612

Dammit, look at the gray matter wasted on such a really pitiful subject.

Ben Day
Ben Day

How about "asshole" to describe this clown? 

mirele
mirele

If he hates the word "birthers," he'll really hate the nickname "birfers." Which I find to be much more appropriate because it also conveys the sheer utter lunacy of the position of these people. 

When I first heard about the birfers in fall 2008, I never dreamed that nearly four years later, these whackjobs (another appropriate and not at all derogatory term) would still be on the scene. I never dreamed this would be the Obama equivalent of Clinton's Mena Airport or Vince Foster.

Jeez, birfers, give it up. We know it's about racism aka "we can't have that black man in our White House." *rolls eyes*

PeeOnTea
PeeOnTea

another creepy white dude, I am sure he is into kitty porn or somethin....creep!

My2Cents
My2Cents

omg are they making cats do porn now?

Wanumba
Wanumba

If by "The N Word" you mean Nutcase...yep

Nutter
Nutsack
Ninny

Berfers...its what crazy people do when they aren't obsessing over UFOs, JFK and 9/11

AZGregory
AZGregory

Alan Korwin, sure "birther" is a shorthand term that is used by the media and the public at large for convenience.  This is no different from the use of "truther" to describe skeptical folks who subscribe to conspiracy theories about alternative realities for the 9/11 attacks.  Or the use of "Holocaust deniers" to refer to skeptics who believe the whole sordid history of Nazi genocide has been fabricated (most likely by those crafty Jews).  It would perhaps be more factually accurate to refer to birthers as "conspiracy-minded skeptics who disrespect our President so much that they refuse to even believe that he was born in America, despite certified birth certificates, contemporary birth announcements in the paper and the absence of any conceivable theory as to why such a 50-year-long 'hoax' was supposedly committed".  See, it's a mouthful.  Alan, as I think you know, the real problem is not that lefty journalists are taking shortcuts and coining new words to denigrate unfortunate groups of people.  The embarrassment and negativity arise not from the term but from the actions of birthers themselves.  It is appropriate that people like Donald Trump and Joe Arpaio who believe Obama was not born in Hawaii be called out for the fools and hatemongers that they are. And it is every bit as bogus to be a coward and say- like Korwin and others do- that they are "only raising questions" and encouraging a full investigation into the facts.  Sorry, but no one is falling for that, it makes you a birther, period.  Is someone like Ahmadinejad not a Holocaust denier because he says he is only raising questions (and holding research conferences) about whether the Holocaust really occurred? No.  Holocaust deniers are clearly motivated by such deep anti-Semitism that they cannot accept the idea of Jews getting sympathy for anything, even the worst crime against humanity in history. Their pathological answer is to deny it ever happened. I am no psychologist but it is pretty obvious to me that hard-core birthers are every bit as pathological haters as Holocaust deniers.  They are willing to believe it is more likely that Obama is a Manchurian Candidate, groomed from his birth in Kenya to be a future president as part of an elaborate hoax than to acknowledge he is a normal American, just like the rest of us.  So, I am all for making "birther" a term of derision if it isn't one yet.

Oma
Oma

well said

azlefty
azlefty

He wrote "gun laws"  which is pretty much cut and paste from different state Statues, that is like calling the  guys at Chilton authors

azlefty
azlefty

Actually is it equal to RETARDED! Perhpas we should start calling them Arpiao Americans then

Henry
Henry

Korwin has a point. Instead of rationally discussing the evidence or lack of evidence these folks have for believing in a case of political deception (because of course we all know that political deception is rare and practically impossible to find examples of), the left wing resorts to a playground "argument" of calling these people names and attempting to marginalize them ad hominem. Frankly, this makes the name-callers look desperate: if they can succeed in shutting you up by calling you names, they don't have to engage your actual arguments. Wouldn't it be refreshing for a change to have these arguments actually explored and engaged by ration debate, instead of immediately shied away from and censored because they are "poitically doubleplusincorrect" or (worse) dismissed via strawman argument made only by their opponents?

My2Cents
My2Cents

The only point Korwin has is on his head.

Marcy
Marcy

The arguments the birthers use have all been carefully examined and found to be completely without merit.

David Saint
David Saint

lol yeah, like the GOP and the right dont use Liberal and really mean something like say, shit...nice try, no donuts. 

jtmunkus
jtmunkus

Sounds like Korwin is a typical birther.  

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