Juan Williams, the commentator fired by National Public Radio in October for making controversial remarks about Muslims while on his second job with FOX News, recently signed a two-book deal.

Crown Publishers announced the agreement Dec. 14. The first book, scheduled for release next summer, will address free speech and the “growing difficulty” of discussing sensitive issues in America, says the Associated Press.

Recounting his personal experiences, Williams “will argue that the American public benefits from a vigorous and full-throated debate on hot button issues of political and cultural import,” according to a Crown Publishers statement.

While on FOX News’ “O’Reilly Factor,” last October, the pundit discussed the country’s dilemma with Muslims.

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot,” he said. “You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

His comments didn’t sit well with NPR officials, who soon released a statement, saying the remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

The radio organization received strong criticism for firing Williams over the incident. Many, including Williams, credited the dismissal to Williams’ frequent appearances on FOX News.

“I appear on Fox,” he told Bill O’Reilly, after his contract was terminated. “I don’t fit in their box. I’m not a predictable, Black liberal.”

He soon signed a two million dollar contract with FOX News and agreed to appear on the station more often.

Williams’ second book, according to the Crown statement will, “examine the changing face of America since the time of the Founding Fathers, as seen through the eyes of some of the noteworthy individuals who have helped to expand on and transform our ideas of what it means to be an American.”

Crown Publishers has yet to release a publication date for the second book and the terms of the arrangement with Williams have not been disclosed.

 

Shernay Williams

Special to the AFRO