Saturday, August 19, 2006
Why are Republican politicians racially insensitive?
The other day Right Wing Sparkle asked why was it OK(?) for a Democratic blogger to show Joe Lieberman in blackface. A pretty stupid question, it was a pretty stupid joke that didn't have any one's OK. Second, she is a blogger and there are millions of us. Finding stupidity is easy in a large crowd.
Since then, we have had a Republican Senator calling an American of Indian heritage a monkey, macaca, and now a likely GOP congressmen saying: "I grew up in Alabama and I understand, uh…I know this from my own experience; blacks are not the greatest swimmers, or may not even know how to swim." Finding racism in senators and congressmen shouldn't be this easy.
In a somewhat related development, the new Republican reader war blog at the Chron seems to have thrown open his comments - and attracts the ignorant from both sides. Racism, prejudice and ignorant communication begets more racism, more prejudice and more stupids who speak up.