Fox News contributor Jonathan Hoenig issued what he called a “sincere apology” for his comments on racial profiling and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, reports Mediaite
In comments condemned by the Japanese American Citizens League and many others, Hoenig said last week on Cashin’ In “We should have been profiling on Sept. 12, 2001. Let’s take a trip down memory lane here. The last war this country won, we put Japanese Americans in internment camps; we dropped nuclear bombs on residential city centers. So, yes, profiling would be at least a good start.”
His apology was succinct and to the point.
“I want to issue a sincere apology for my remarks on last week’s Cashin’ In which I believe were unfortunately misinterpreted. The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was completely amoral. I never defended it.”
You can watch his entire apology below.
I appreciate Hoenig clarifying his stance on the incarceration of Japanese Americans, however I still take issue with his justification of religious profiling. While the intent of religious profiling may not be discriminatory, its impact inherently is. Considering someone a suspect merely because of their religion is wrong and should never be deemed acceptable. Profiling a human being because of their religion is hateful.
That’s my take on it. What’s yours? Are you satisfied with Hoenig’s apology?
(note from the editor: After further consideration and a phone conversation with Hoenig himself, I have changed the focus of the last two paragraphs of this post to religious profiling, instead of racial profiling. While Hoenig may or may not agree with this change, I believe it more accurately reflects what he actually said).