joe williams*Joe Williams, a reporter for Politico.com, has been suspended for making comments about Mitt Romney that the company deems to be racially-offensive.

But should he have been suspended?

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Here are his comments:

It’s very interesting that he does so many appearances on Fox & Friends. And it’s unscripted. It’s the only time they let Mitt off the leash, so to speak. But it also points out a larger problem he’s got to solve if he wants to be successful come this fall: Romney is very, very comfortable, it seems, with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in some town hall settings, why he can’t relate to people other than that. But when he comes on Fox & Friends, they’re like him. They’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.

EURweb and NewsOne columnist Dr. Boyce Watkins believes Williams was just fired for “being a black man.”

Check out an excerpt of his piece below:

Do you hear that? Those are the crickets chirping in the background as I sit and wait for you to give me the punch line that led to Williams being suspended.  I can’t find a single offensive word in Williams’ remarks, and the comments are every bit as professional as Williams himself.  I’ve interacted with Joe during interviews, and on every single occasion, he was efficient, thorough and thoughtful in his questioning.  The idea that he has somehow been labeled to be a rogue is beyond laughable.

But you see, there’s a pattern and unfortunately Joe has been affected by it. For the most part, being born a black man who speaks conscientiously or accurately about issues of race effectively defines you to be a rogue. There isn’t much of a disconnect between the black man who is stopped and frisked on the street, and the black male professor/journalist/doctor/lawyer who has his capabilities questioned, even when he does nothing wrong.

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