FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

Tuesday

More Racial Slurs from Politicians

What is with these politicians? They just can't keep their mouth shut when it comes to racial slurs:

Hillary Clinton was caught on tape saying that Mahatma Ghandi ran a gas in St. Louis.

Robert Byrd went on Fox News Sunday, and repeatedly used "the N word."

Joe Biden was caught on tape saying, "You can not go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent."

Howard Dean told the Congressional Black Caucus, "You think the Republicans could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here."

Wait...what's that you say? You haven't heard about these racial slurs before? Maybe that's because these politicians were not raked over the media coals for their comments.

So, let's take a look at a politician who was. Senator George Allen made a racial slur, that no one really knew was a racial slur (or, for that matter, even a real word) until the media told them that it was. Allen called a campaign staffer of Indian decent "Macaca."

Lets see...Why was Allen raked over the media coals and demonized, but the others got away without a scratch.

Oh, that's right. Allen is a Republican. The others are Democrats. Bias? What media bias?

Well, now our racial vocabulary can be expanded again.

House candidate Steve Kagen has been caught on tape saying that he was late because he was on "Injun Time." Here is the full quote:

''I appreciate getting here almost on time. Our excuse in Oneida was, well, we're on Injun time. They don't tell time by the clock. Our excuse here is that I am a doctor and that we're never on time.''


So, will Kagen get the media lashing that Allen did? He's a Democrat. You decide.

But, the Chicago Sun is already covering for Kagen. Here is their article. At the very end, they rationalize his comment by saying:

Bobbi Webster, a spokeswoman for the Oneida Nation, said Monday that Kagen's comment was not being taken as disrespectful by tribal members. No apology was sought, she said.

''Tribal members say that themselves. It is not uncommon to hear somebody come in late and say, 'Oh-Oh. I am running on Indian time.' The time you get there is the time to do your thing,'' Webster said.

The term ''Injun'' also is not necessarily disrespectful, she said.

They use that term themselves! So, it's not an insult!

I guess that was Robert Byrd's reasoning as well.

0 Comments:

Post a Comment



<< Home