Thank you of your defense of me. I appreciate the candor of your words. Racism is serious business if we have been discussing it for six pages. The
question here, of course, is how "racism" is viewed by different races in response to what was done
on Ms. McKinney's website. In response
to Harte's comment, all I can say is that he used a poor choice of words, if he wanted to compliment me. But he used them despite the fact of
considering how I might feel about them. Personally, I didn't see the humor about his compliment, but it was a compliment nevertheless. And if
others got the humor of his words, then I accept it.
Originally quoted by Harte
Proof" of McKinney's "true" racism is continually being asked for in this thread. Why, I do not know.
Because people have always said she was racist on other threads because of one incident with Paul McKenna. I wanted to see if these patterns were
prevalent in her official work with the government. And thanks to Semper, I have finally gotten some of her quotes that prove to be problematic in
terms of race.
This sort of thing is more indicative of hypocrisy than racism, at least that's how I took it.
There is a lot of hypocrisy about race. However, that depends on the eye of the beholder. However, what is very interesting is the degrees of racism
applied to certain politicians. McKinney, which has so far been proven to relegate her "racism" in terms of speech, has done far less that Trent
Lott and Robert Byrd. But isn't it interesting that she is raked over the coals, while Mr. Palast, Mr. Lott and others have not?
Now, I've not read Harris' other writings, but I'm not aware of any "look(ing) back at the days of plantation slavery as a time of racial
harmony..." that appears in the Uncle Remus tales. The above article exhibits a certain amount of ignorance of literature, as does another article
that was quoted in that thread regarding how the press, having heard Snow use the term, couldn't believe he used it and (apparently, to the author of
the article anyway,) most members of the press didn't even know what he meant by it!
But certain members of the Washington Press core asked him what he meant by that. And he mumbled, "American Lore". So that indicates they did know
what it meant. And if you haven't read a plethora of Harris' works, how can you make a comment that the site about Jim Crow displayed an
"ignorance about literature"? In fact, it was a page uncovering how the images of Black people have been used in a derogatory light in terms of
popular culture. Tar baby is no different.
And knowing that you've never heard about "tar baby": you never really know about the "other" term of tar baby unless you've been called it by
Getting back to the Congresswoman, she is not my representative, hence I don't care what she does or thinks. I still have enough faith in the system
to believe that if she doesn't do her job to the extent her constituency expects, then they will replace her. If she does, then they won't. Isn't
that the way it's supposed to work, after all?
Obviously there are people who aren't part of her constituency who do care, most namely the author. He is not one of her constituents, yet he posts
this article. And he has no power over whether she is elected or not. Which means, he shouldn't truly care as well. Yep, you're right. Hypocrisy
at its best.
And one last thing. Ceci - whatever others may say about you, they certainly must agree that you have not been niggardly in your defense of
You could have used another choice of words to describe my defense of Ms. McKinney. I thank you, however. And if other people felt humored by this,
it is better than being angry, I suppose.
Originally quoted by df1
This thread is about a partisan smear campaign on a democratic representative to congress that is up for election in november, an election in which
the balance of power could hang on one congressional seat. Mckinney is being painted as an out of control black racist in order to strike fear into
the white voters in her congressional district for the purpose of swinging the election to her republican opponent.
That I agree with. But of course, that would be playing into the "two headed coin" that intrepid was speaking about. Ms. McKinney, like everyone
else, has her prejudices. However, I think you are correct in the attempts of this thread to paint her as an "out of control Black racist". She
speaks her mind and doesn't mince her words. I think ultimately, it is a question of power, race and gender.
When people feel subjugated by power, they tend to strike out at those they are most offended by. Ms. McKinney embraces her power. And some White
people do not like it--especially in the South. That is why she is a target for many of these threads--opposed to Greg Palast.
Originally quoted by Harte
Anyway, you (and everyone else) obviously have individual opinions concerning what exactly is funny. I thought my post met the required conditions.
This was in part due to the way the usage of "niggardly" harkened back to the Tony Snow misstep, as well as the stupidity of an aide to the D.C.
Mayor actually losing his job through the unquestionably proper use of the term back in 1999. With this in mind, and also creating an opportunity for
me to compliment Ceci in such a way as to poke fun at the same time, I thought it was not only funny, it was downright ingenious! Superb,
Again, I accept your explanation.
Originally quoted by Benevolent Heretic
Calling attention to this transparent manipulation and deception is my point. And as you stated earlier, no one has expressed this point of view
before. So in the spirit of denying ignorance and communal sharing of opinions I have provided the preceding analysis. Its up to each individual to
decide whether or not to believe my contentions, but surely no one can claim that Im offtopic.
This is something that I whole-heartedly agree on. Well said.
Originally quoted by jsobecky
You give her way too much credit. She's not that important to the American public, or Washington politics. Her biggest claim to fame recently has
been that she assaulted a Capitol police officer and got away with it.
[* Gasp!!!!!*] The author, like Garbo, speaks!!!!
Then why was this story even considered in the first place? It surely couldn't have been because of the altrustic enlightenment of building racial
Originally quoted by jsobecky
The fact is, responsibilty is always borne by those at the top. And she is at the "top" of her website, therefore, she is responsible for it's
Really? We'll see on other topics if you stick to your guns with this contention--or whether you're just saying this to blame Ms. McKinney. Have
you written that letter yet?
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