Tag Archives: Southern racism

Poetic Justice

The Other Discrimination

Awesome are the talents of Jeff B. Sessions,
Who has now turned his fervor to higher education.
He’s not just a racist,
He’s also a linguist
Who can transform “affirmative action” into “discrimination.”

Poetic Justice

Our Scarlet Letter

There’s a lot of controversy about the “Stars and Bars,”
But taking it down in South Carolina goes way too far.
I say let ’em wave it,
Display it or wear it,
Because the Confederate battle flag tells us exactly where the bigots are.

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S.C. Lawmaker Calls on Police to Find ‘Jackass’ Murderer

The first thing we do, we’ve got to find this jackass and bring him to justice. It’s evil. He is evil.

— South Carolina state Sen. Larry Grooms (R), calling on police to catch the man who shot and killed his friend and colleague, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney (D), along with eight others during a Bible study last night in Charleston, TPM reports. “He was my colleague but he was also my brother in Christ, and the news of his death and the deaths of the others, made me physically ill.”

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Former Klan Leader Might to Unseat Mere Racist

Steve Scalise, let me tell you something, this is the way I view it now: I mean this guy is a sellout. I mean he’s a sellout. He’s not David. He used to say that he was David Duke of course without the baggage, whatever that means… I might have to run against Steve Scalise because you know, I really might. I mean, I’m definitely going to consider it because its so disgusting to me to see…he got elected on false pretenses.

— Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, saying he might run for office against Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), BuzzFeed reports. Scalise faced questions earlier this month about a 2003 appearance he made before a white supremacist group founded by Duke and called the appearance “a mistake I regret.”

Poetic Justice

A Klanish Consistency

Steve Scalise’s unchecked racism is exceedingly unsavory,
And John Boehner’s defense of him was the height of knavery.
But Steve really fit the bill
When he attempted to kill
A Louisiana state measure apologizing for slavery.

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It All Comes Down to This — Obama Is Black

I’ll be very, very honest with you: The South has not always been the friendliest place for African Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.

— Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), in an interview with NBC News.

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To Which the Audience Responded, ‘Duh!’

Ninety-nine percent of all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion. On the other hand, 99 percent of the whites who are sitting in here now, if their daughter got pregnant by a black man, they are going to make their daughter have an abortion.

— Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes (D), who is black and has represented the 78th District since 1974, quoted by the Birmingham News.

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In the South, the Immigration Reform Debate Comes Down to Racism

Part of it, I think — and I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I hate to say it, but it’s racial. If you go to town halls people say things like, ‘These people have different cultural customs than we do.’ And that’s code for race.

— A Southern Republican congressman, speaking to BuzzFeed, on immigration reform.

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N.C. Lawmaker Says Obama Is Not a Traitor — to Kenya!

Someone had posted something with a picture of Barack Obama and across it said ‘traitor.’ And, you know, I don’t always agree with the guy, I certainly didn’t vote for him but I gotta defend him on this one. I just don’t think it’s right at all to call Barack Obama a traitor. There’s a lot of things he’s done wrong but he is not a traitor. Not as far as I can tell. I haven’t come across any evidence yet that he has done one thing to harm Kenya.

— North Carolina state Rep. Larry Pittman (R), telling a crowd of supporters that President Obama isn’t a traitor to his country — if that country is Kenya.

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Southerners Still View Obama as ‘Exotic’

I’m not naming any names, but one senator got up from a Southern state and said, ‘Well, you’ve got to understand that to my people down here, Obama seems like’ — he thought for a second and he said — ‘like he’s exotic.’

— Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), quoted by the Des Moines Register, describing how one senator suggested his constituents still couldn’t identify with President Obama.