Apparently, Jehmu Greene thought she was behind the safe and secure walls of one of her “social justice” campaigns, because she just referred to “bow tie’n white boys” who don’t get it. Sorry Jehmu, you were on national television for all the world to see, and for “white boys” like me to write about.

If you haven’t heard, Tucker Carlson is under fire from the left for telling Fox News contributor, Jehmu Green, “folks like you, voters like you, smug black women … your tactics will backfire on you.”

Oh, wait. I’m sorry. I totally screwed that up. Actually, the exchange was slightly different and no one is calling for Jehmu’s scalp, including 1/32 Cherokee Elizabeth Warren.

Let’s first put the conversation in context. The two talking heads were brought in to discuss the fallout from Elizabeth Warren’s ridiculous claim that she didn’t use vestiges of Indian roots to benefit her career.

CARLSON: Indeed, it’s indefensible and that’s why [Elizabeth Warren] doesn’t want to talk about this, because she did gain material advantage by lying about her ethnic background. And no one should gain advantage because of his ethnic background, period.

GREENE: Tucker! Tucker! Elizabeth Warren has been very clear that she has not gained advantage. …

CARLSON: No she has not been clear.

GREENE: And at the end of the day, she won the teaching award at Harvard two years in a row, she won teaching awards at the University of Pennsylvania, at the University of Michigan, at the University of Houston. To question this woman on her qualifications is going to be something that does appeal to … folks like you, voters like you, bow tie’n white boys, but at the end of the day it is going to backfire. …

See how that works? If your name is Jehmu Greene and you and get backed into a corner, your brain has atrophied so much over the years by never having to debate the issues that the default reaction is to attack someone personally. I have never been a huge Tucker Carlson fan, but he absolutely destroyed Jehmu Green on this topic, and her reaction was to call him a “bow tie’n white boy.”

Whenever I hear someone on the left lecture conservatives about the level of discourse in America I think of women like Jehmu. The rules are different for conservatives — which is fine, because it makes us sharper — but it also means that we have to be more diligent about pointing out the double standards. Jehmu is the picture perfect elitist liberal, brimming with smug self-confidence because they’ve risen to prominence, but completely unaware of how their words are interpreted outside Beltway bubbles and “social justice” spheres of influence.

I hope too many people don’t call for Jehmu to be fired, because having her in front of the camera is great for the conservative movement. She makes Tucker Carlson look like Mark Steyn. Imagine what would happen if Jehmu actually went up against Steyn — there would only be a smoldering crater left in the studio where she sat after he was done with her. Let’s make it happen.


About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.


  1. I’ve never understood the need for talking heads to explain the news to us.

    Jehmu is as bad as Touré. “Hello foot, you look tasty today!” Are these talking heads so desperate for airtime they would accept the unenviable position of defending the clear loser? Warren was wrong. Period. This one was a no-brainer. Liberal or not, she should have passed.

    If she was smarter, she might have appealed to emotion by saying “yes it was wrong, but her eventual awards show that the ends justified the means.” People love when Steve Rogers weasels his way into the Army (for the right reasons of course). Warren gamed the system on a technicality. She is teaching law, you know. Are we surprised? People love the plucky underdog. Jehmu makes the stupid move and gets check-mated.

    I still would have passed on the defense role, though.

    1. I generally hate cable news, but since it exists (and since I need to watch it for work) I have to write on it here sometimes. Each “side” plays a role, and then they get lost in that role, and then they turn into bumbling, screaming morons because most people…aren’t Mark Steyn.

      Jehmu could have said “bow tie’n conservatives” for her personal attack and I would have still thought she was a loser, but it would have been a lot better than going directly to race. Liberals have historically been able to fight dirty like that on air — Tucker could not have said “annoying black women brimming with a false sense of confidence, like you, Jehmu,” and survived. I’d argue that he couldn’t even make a joke that plays on her name, like ‘Shamu’ without an orchestrated outrage taking place. Megan McCain would be out there talking about “mean” conservatives … although who cares what she thinks, really.

      I will take the Captain America bait because I am a nerd. As I wrote before, lying from time to time can be pretty darn forgivable if your reasons are selfless. (I prefer ‘selfless’ rather than ‘right’ as the adjective.) Captain America was trying to serve his country and wanted to volunteer for a job that very likely would have resulted in his death. He gets a big fat pass from me.

      Warren gamed a system that conservatives how railed against forever. Heck, I believe most people know affirmative action is wrong, but they just shut up because they grumble and think it’s not worth the fight, slavery, etc. They calculate the math and think, “Whatever.” They don’t think about how weird it is that Michael Jordan’s (or Jehmu’s) kids get the “benefits” of affirmative action policies … but if someone like Warren abuses the system they will take notice.

      I can’t wait until I can move far, far away from DC so I can live with normal humans again.

  2. Good points. But the undercurrent here is that she got her position solely because of her choice of race boxes she checked during the job application process. Solely? Probably not. In part? Quite possibly.

    However, she did win a lot of teaching awards from the different institutions at which she taught so it is reasonable to think she is a good teacher and Harvard ultimately made a good choice hiring her. So, in this instance, Warren gaming the system worked in both hers and Harvard’s favor. While it may not be selfless, it had the same result as Rogers’ admission: win/win.

    And if we are talking about gaming the system, let’s discuss the flip side of the affirmative action coin and talk about the ivy league’s legacy policies. The one where the rich and powerful’s children get in in part because their parents matriculated there. One of our recent presidents was not the brightest student but somehow got into Yale. Could you or I claim that? No silver spoons in our mouths.

    Or maybe we could discuss how a kid as dumb as a box of rocks could get into my my alma mater to be a “scholar athlete.” I worked hard, but he could lob a 75 yard touchdown, so he got a few (hot) tutors and an “relaxed” application criteria. I guess that’s life.

    Regardless, I think all the above policies are misguided and should be phased out. Student’s admissions should be based on merit and what they can bring to the institution. For that to work, though, the US would have to climb significantly in the world education ranking. We’re not even in the top 10. That angers me to no end.

    1. You won’t find me defending legacy societies any time soon. My mom was a second grade teacher and my dad worked for a company that sold boiler controls. When I was at USC there were bratty girls whose parents gave them $3000 a month…for spending money. I went to a community college for almost two years to save money, worked an overnight shift, worked in college, took out loans, and used up all of my GI Bill. My GI Bill was $33,000 bucks (or about a year’s tuition at USC at the time, not including housing and meal plans).

      When I went to a session for parents on attending USC (since I was paying my own way, I had to split off from the kids at a certain point) they asked, “How many of you plan on paying in one lump sum?” and there were people who actually raised their hands…

      I’m also not a huge defender of “athlete students,” although a think that a gifted athlete adds to the atmosphere and experience just as much as gifted musicians. There is a certain amount of respect I have for the best basketball players or soccer players, etc. But what I don’t respect is getting in because you were born with a certain pigmentation.

      And that’s the problem with affirmative action. It clouds someone’s accomplishments who may not have even “needed” it. Thomas Sowell has some really interesting stories about how such policies affected his own life.

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