Friday, July 30, 2010

Who knew? Obama and the KKK agree.

President Obama entered the lion's den of a TV talk show known as The View. Boy did they hit him with some brutal questions. Yeah, right.

Even in this friendly territory, Obama nevertheless managed to say something stupid. This from The Hill:
President Obama waded into the national race debate in an unlikely setting and with an unusual choice of words: telling daytime talk show hosts that African-Americans are 'sort of a mongrel people...'

When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: "We are sort of a mongrel people."

"I mean we're all kinds of mixed up," Obama said. "That's actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it."
That's a lovely choice of a word, Mr. President. Say, I know someone else who referred to black Americans as "mongrels." He was a politician just like you, and as a matter of fact, in a recent post of mine, I brought up his quote:
In 1945, Byrd wrote a letter to segregationist Mississippi Senator Theodore Bilbo, in which he complained about the impending desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces. Byrd vowed that he would, "never submit to fight beneath that banner (the American flag) with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."
That of course was former member of the Ku Klux Klan, the late Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia.

For being such a supposedly brilliant orator, Barack Obama can't seem to speak spontaneously without sticking his foot in his mouth. Hey, let's have some fun. Let's imagine what would happen in the news cycle if a conservative/Tea Party member/Republican called black Americans "mongrels."

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

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