Saturday, June 5, 2010

Caveat Lectores on South Carolina Style Bigotry

I will not brand South Carolina with racial bigotry in general, but there are a few people living there who have some issues.

“On an Internet political talk show, GOP state Sen. Jake Knotts on Thursday called state Rep. Nikki Haley, a gubernatorial candidate, a "raghead" -- a slur used against Arabs or other ethnic groups who wear turbans -- and talked about Haley's family and her parents' religion.”

What he actually said is reported to be…"We already got one raghead in the White House. We don't need another in the governor's mansion."

Now do not get me wrong here, there is very little chance that Representative Haley and the Lector have anything in common politically. I am not supporting her. She is apparently very conservative and the candidates for governor seem to be trying to determine who has more right wing tendencies. That is much like trying to decide who is more stupid… Bevis or Butthead.

She is also being attacked because allegedly likes to lift her skirt occasionally, if you know what I mean. There are some guys who claim to have had sexual congress with her out of wedlock. Who knows, maybe she is a Tea Bagger. Former Governor Sarah Palin endorses her. We all know about Palin’s support for Tea Baggers.

This whole sex thing reminds me of Strom Thurmond who was alleged after his death to have fathered a child with his black maid. Apparently, there is nothing wrong in South Carolina for the whites to spend some quality time with the “darkies.” The men are bragging and the women denying. Oops, I may have offended someone’s Southern sensitivity.

Racial and ethnic hatred is a fact of life in my world. America has a long and storied history of all kinds of things of which we should not take pride. There comes a time when those elected to serve the rest of us should take the lead in growing up. Apparently, Senator Knotts never graduated the eighth grade. His defense is that he was trying to mimic a comedian from Saturday Night Live. Maybe he should leave the low brow comedy routines to someone who is not an elected public servant.

And Oh yes, Have a Nice Day?


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