Wednesday, January 18, 2006

...but one of these things just doesn't belong here..

On my way home last night I thought about all the controversy about various speeches heard on Monday. And it dawned on me, that it is so simple a child could even figure it out. See if you agree:

Two of these things belong together,
two of these things are kind of the same
But one of these things just doesn't belong here
Now it's time to play my game:

  1. "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. "
    - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
  2. "[The House of Representatives] has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about. " - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, former First Lady. Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem 16-Jan-2006
  3. "It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans _ the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans. This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans." - New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, 16-Jan-2006


Which one doesn't belong? The answer is simple: 2 of these racist (or at the very least, racially pandering) comments ought not share the same page with the words of Dr. King. Yet the others were spoken at tributes to Dr. King. Once again, a double standard exists.

If you're a Republican, you don't dare utter words that might be considered racially untoward, else you would lose your leadership position (like Trent Lott). On the other hand, a Democratic Party Senator can praise a former Ku Klux Klansman -- who happens to be a sitting Senator -- and say he would have been on the "right side" during the Civil War, and no apology is necessary.

And yet the Democrats will still claim theirs is the party for minorities; how pathetic.



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