Originally quoted by El senor Pom pom
Not sure if your talking about me or not but all of my judgements were made AFTER watching her LIVE interview on CNN and looking at the Photo
Comparison on TDS. So yeah... I made an unbiased(seeing as i am a left leaning Independant) observation. I knew nothing about her past run-ins with
the Bush Administration..and while its nice that she has come out and challenged the Administration. What she is doing is just a micro-examaple of the
Macro-problem. All government officials, or rather most since using words like all and never are counter-intuitive, feel/believe they are above the
law. the problem is She broke the law and is unwilling to except the consequences.
El senor Pom pom, I was referring to your post because it described the very same things that I talked about in my post. I could understand if you
were talking about the policies of Ms. McKinney, but you weren't. Your post, imho, sounded like something that Neal Boortz said, when referring to
her as "ghetto trash". You reverted to what HarlemHottie was trying to explain in her post: denigrating an African-American woman by her looks.
It frustrates me that some of the comments complaining that Ms. McKinney "uses the race card", some of the commentators forgot they were doing the
same. Or was it all right to dehumanize her when she has a legitimate right to complain? After all, she was not being "recognized" over and over.
But then again, I saw that when you viewed The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart and he was using her looks as a comedy routine, I could only figure
that you were just as susceptible to putting her down in the same way. Because of that, I don't really think that you were being unbiased in your
attempt. It was as if you were just falling into the same camp as the others who "accuse" her of the "race card".
I see from your latest post that you did change your mind. For that, I commend you. However, I do not agree with your statement that everyone here
at ATS is okay with a government official breaking the law (that is what you meant by G.O., yes?). I'm not. And I especially replied in my post
that her behavior was not excusable.
I can only say, that it frustrates me how easy it is for people to use comments like "Black Crack Hoe", 'idiot", "nut" and "crazy" as well as
giving tips about "how a Congresswoman is supposed to dress" when in the same breath, they are saying what a "racist, sexist" person she is. I
just want to ask, "Are they actually saying what they think about African-American women (if, not people in general) or are they just being
hypocritical only for this post?" What frustrates me more is the fact that some commentators can feel as if they are both the "fashion police" and
the "behavior police" when in the same breath, they would not know how to act in the same way.
We can talk about this situation at a distance. But unfortunately, no one knows how they would act on impulse.
No wonder Ms. McKinney is mad. Heck. How would you feel if some officer grabbed you inappropriately(No one ever said how
he grabbed her.)?
Let's say the cop, feeling his oats, grabbed your buttocks while trying to catch you. He's thinking, "You're no better than me. How dare you walk
past me thinking that you're 'uppity'. I'm going to teach you a lesson."(After all, who knows what he was thinking?) Would your "fight or
flight" instincts take over? Would you
swing around to hit him? Or would you just smile, and say, "Thank you, may I have another?"
The problem here I see is that no one in this thread has ever had the experience of people clutching their purses as they walk by. Or, in a mall, a
security guard following you for half a mile? Or getting separated from the rest of a flight and have a "special pat down" while the rest of the
passengers wait. If these things happened to you on a regular basis, you might want to be angry too. You might want to act like a nut. Heck, you
might even feel nuts.
I'm sorry the gloves are off on this post. Usually, I am a very considerate, tolerant and kind person. In fact, I love people. But, I can't stand
it when a group of people who have no concept of a person of color's experience with the law do a verbal beatdown on one, little African-American
woman. Ms. McKinney deserves dignity--which some of the naysayers will not give.
[edit on 7-4-2006 by ceci2006]