Wednesday, September 24, 2008

OK To Make Racist Remarks, As Long As You're Alcee Hastings

You know what they say in Florida: "Racism - it's not just for bitter gun-toting Americans any more."

A Florida Congressman, Alcee Hastings, yes, paid by your tax dollars, said the following statement at an annual meeting of the National Jewish Democratic Council, referring to Sarah Palin:
“Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through.”

Let's flip this on its head and see if it sounds racist...

"Any black politician who plays basketball will let anything happen to white and Asian people. So just think that through."

Any republican who said this would be rightly castigated and censured, and if they were a leader or chairperson, they'd be removed, no questions about it.

But this member of congress says this, and what's the outrage? CNN headlines it as "Florida congressman points to Palin to rally Jews to Obama". "Points to Palin to rally Jews"??? That's like saying white supremacists merely point to blacks to fire up their club members.

Their story doesn't even think to suggest this might be an offensive or racist remark. In fact, it notes that the largely Jewish audience erupted in applause and laughter.

So let's send the racist, race-baiting, race-mongering Alcee Hastings our thoughts, here.

Let's STOMP OUT RACISM, here at The Pantheon Journal.

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