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August 22, 2002

An Ignorant Nigger? Crooks, the

An Ignorant Nigger?

Crooks, the black stable hand in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men suffered at the hands of racists, and knew them and their ways. He wasn't allowed to associate with the others because of his "stink".

They play cards in there, but I canít play because Iím black. They say I stink.

He is threatened with lynching, and no one pays him any mind.

Crooks leaned forward over the edge of the bunk. "I ain't a southern negro," he said. "I was born right here in California. My old man had a chicken ranch, 'bout ten acres. The white kids come to play at our place, an' sometimes I went to play with them and some of them was pretty nice. My ol' man didn't like that. I never knew till long later why he didn't like that. But I know now." He hesitated, and when he spoke again his voice was softer. "There wasn't another coloured family for miles around. And now there ain't a coloured man on this ranch an' there's jus' one family in Soledad." He laughed. "If I say something, why it's just a nigger sayin' it."

It's been three days since Billy McKinney, a member of the Georgia House of Representatives said, when asked about his daughter's troubles in her congressional race said "That ain't nothin'. Jews have bought everybody. Jews. J-E-W-S." Other than an article about the tactical fallout of the race, no one in the mainstream media has said a word about the quote. Hell, very few bloggers have.

Imagine for a second that it wasn't Billy McKinney that said "Jews have bought everybody. Jews. J-E-W-S.". Imagine that instead, that David Duke said it. It shouldn't be much of a stretch. He's certainly said similar things.

"Jewish power is ubiquitous. Every politician is so aware of it that he knows he cannot dare mention it! Jewish organizations, Jewish media and Jewish political agents ruthlessly seek their perceived interests without remorse and without introspection."

David Duke has been rejected again and again by the American public, and pilloried by the American media. Duke himself says so. Groups have been formed to oppose him and all that he stands for.

"There is no room in the party of Lincoln for a Klansman like David Duke" --Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson

This is America, so David Duke is allowed to say whatever insane venom comes to his mind. And when he does open up the shithole he calls a mouth, we publicly reject him. Whether they think racist thoughts or not, white politicians aren't allowed to openly spout racist hatred, and when they do, they get a good smacking, and their career is over. You know why? Because, when it comes down to it, we expect better things from a white person.

To allow Representative McKinney to say what he said about Jews without publicly punishing him in the same manner as we punish David Duke is to hold the same attitudes the ranch hands held in Of Mice and Men. No one who is not a racist would tell him to his face that he's just an ignorant nigger, but to let his anti-Semitic ravings go by without a word is to treat him like one. Until all of us demand the same standards of behavior from black politicians that we demand from white politicians, we will still be judging people on the color of their skin, and not on the content of their character.

Now, if you don't mind, I have an asbestos suit to go put on.

Update: John Rosenberg of Discrimination blogs about Black and Jews and ...Blacks and the racial breakdown of Danise Majette's supporters.

Posted by Bigwig at August 22, 2002 01:45 PM | TrackBack
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