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An anti-Chinese cartoon entitled "The heathen Chinese in British Columbia." An anti-Chinese cartoon entitled "The heathen Chinese in British Columbia."  

BEDFORD: The New York Times sure was racist

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Christopher Bedford
Managing Editor

Last week, The New York Times did that thing it does and howled accusations of racism from its front page, accusing an NYPD officer of admitting to employing law enforcement tactics that target blacks and Hispanics. “Now,” the Greying Lady crowed, “a recording suggests that, in at least one precinct, a person’s skin color can be a deciding factor in who is stopped.”

The article was called “Recording points to race factor in stops by New York Police,” and straight from the headline it was a twisted crock of junk: A simple look at the conversation shows an incensed Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack calling out a secretly wired Officer Pedro Serrano for attempting to put words into his mouth to make him appear to be a racist.

But this latest race-tinged lie is all old news now, and City Journal’s Heather Mac Donald already rode roughshod over the Times’ idiocy.

But speaking of old news, the whole Times-ginning-up-race-hate thing reminded us a couple of Times articles we’ve read over the years.

While the Greying Lady has, we would say, been a little hard on American blacks — publishing articles the likes of 1872′s “Troublesome negroes — Difficulties for the future — News from the seat of war — Miscellaneous Gossip” — they saved their true ire for the Chinese immigrants to our shores.

While articles like 1885′s “A CHINAMAN TO TAKE A WHITE WIFE” and “HOW CHINAMEN TREAT A BAD PLAY initially caused us to pause over our morning coffees, one article stirred such indignation in our breast that we could not turn away: An article entitled “THE SIMILARITY OF CHINAMEN.”

“Ten Chinamen yesterday disembarked on our shores from a Havana steamer in order to give trouble to the Federal authorities,” the Paper of Record began, continuing, “It is evident that the malignity of these Chinamen in looking so much like each other is likely to baffle the good intentions of Congress” — the latter phrase, “good intentions of Congress,” being one scarcely heard in the pages of the Times save, it seems, to smear the Chinese immigrant.