Really? 7/21/13 – A Week of Racists Proving That Racism Is Still Ingrained in America

by Pitt Griffin on July 21, 2013 · 0 comments

in Racism, Really?

Ann Coulter enjoys controversy, especially when she generates it. In a recent piece, “To Avoid Looking Like a Criminal, Don’t Commit a Crime” she wrote, “Perhaps, someday, blacks will win the right to be treated like volitional human beings. But not yet.” It’s possible that Coulter is no longer an attention junkie, but is simply insane.

Despite conservative denial that racism is behind us, there are some Americans determined to prove that it it is alive and well. Marc Anthony, a New York born American of Puerto Rican descent, sang “God Bless America” at baseball’s All-Star Game. Which didn’t sit well with some. Typical was this tweet, “Who’s the fuckface who booked a Mexican to sing god bless America?”

In an unscheduled speech on Friday afternoon President Obama addressed racism in America. In part he reflected on his experience growing up as a black man in America. Predictably, the right was furious, calling the President the “Racist in Chief” and accusing him of “trying to tear our country apart”. Politicians love to talk of their roots and the struggles of their immigrant (grand)parents. But if Obama talks of his circumstances it is tantamount to treason.

Sam Ponder, an assistant US Attorney asked in a trial, “You’ve got African-Americans, you’ve got Hispanics, you’ve got a bag full of money. Does that tell you—a light bulb doesn’t go off in your head and say, ‘This is a drug deal?’”  Because in Sam Ponder’s world that’s what minorities do.

Ken Crow, ex-President of Tea Party of America, in a speech to “real Americans’ (I suppose) compared current Americans to race horses with blood lines reaching back to Washington, Jefferson, John Smith and Martin Luther King Jr. (Note: Washington had no children.) Everyone else is a donkey. (From the context he seems to mean illegal aliens). So in one fell swoop Crow not only dismisses Mexicans, but also every American with other than English or African roots.

Crow follows in the footsteps of Rep. Steve King (R-IA) who last year compared immigrants to dogs and suggested that we, “Pick the one that’s the friskiest … not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner.” He didn’t back down when challenged by a Univision reporter this week. In 2006 King had suggested electrifying the border fence, “with the kind of current that would not kill somebody.” Because, “we do this with livestock all the time.”

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