Category Archives: Racism
Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush of Illinois was reportedly removed from the House floor after wearing a “hoodie” and sunglasses in protest of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.
“Racial profiling has to stop,” Congressman Rush said as he peeled off his suit jacket to reveal a hoodie underneath, at which point he pulled the hood over his head and replaced his glasses with sunglasses. “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.”
The Congressman then began citing passages from the Bible about the need “to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” and about being “sent … to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and to recover the sight to the blind and to set the oppressed free …. I urge all men who hear these words to heed these lessons.”
Republican Tea Party Congressman Gregg Harper of Mississippi, who was presiding over the chamber at the moment, repeatedly hammered the gavel and tried to interrupt Rush, but he kept talking with a louder voice.
“May God bless Trayvon Martin’s soul, his family,” Congressman Rush shouted. He was still yelling as he was escorted off the floor by the House Sergeant at Arms.
Harper said Rush was removed for having violated House rules by wearing a hoodie and then felt the need to remind those in the chamber of the rules.
“Clause 5 of Rule 17 prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber when the House is in session,” Harper said after Rush had been taken out. “The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.”
Congressman Rush made a clear statement that the clothes do not “make the man”, while Harper demonstrated something entirely different. The entire Democratic Caucus needs to show up on the floor of the House in hoodies and sun glasses, and force someone like Harper to have hundreds of members of Congress escorted from the floor.
Well done Congressman Rush, very well done.
According to news reports Richard Cebull, Montana’s chief federal judge, has admitted to forwarding an email comparing African-Americans to dogs and implying that President Barack Obama’s mother had sex with animals.
Cebull’s email, obtained by the Great Falls Tribune, reads: “Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.”
A joke then follows: “A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’”
Reportedly Cebull then forwarded the offensive email from his official court account to six “old buddies,” who then forwarded to others.
In an interview with the Tribune, Cebull maintained he did not send the email because it was racist, but because it was ‘anti-Obama.’
“The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan,” Cebull said. He agreed the email was racist, but said he personally was not.
“This is a private thing that was, to say the least, very poor judgment on my part,” he said.
Poor Judge Cebull, this isn’t a case of just “very poor judgment” it’s another in a long line of overt uber-conservative racism. The e-mail wasn’t critical of the President’s policies it was a slap at his race, and at his mother, and it’s beneath the office of a federal judge. You’re not some high school or college student making a mistake, you’re a federal judge sending racist emails about the President of the United States.
Cebull’s ability to rule on cases involving African-Americans is now seriously in question, and defense attorneys should begin reviewing their client’s cases to see if there was a chance rulings were made based, in any way, on race and should begin appealing those cases. Additionally, Cebull’s ability to rule on future cases involving African-Americans can now be called into question. Cebull has demonstrated his lack of judgment, and he needs to step down.
As if comparing the First Lady to the Grinch and calling her “Mrs. YoMoma” wasn’t enough Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Speaker of the Kansas House of Representative, Mike O’Neal has sent another e-mail where he says he’s praying for the death of President Obama.
In the latest e-mail, “Speaker” O’Neal forwarded Psalm 109, which reads: “May his days be few; may another seize his position…” and continues:
May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.
May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.
O’Neal wrote: “At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!”
O’Neal needs to be forced from office by the Republican Tea Party members of the Kansas State House of Representatives; if his first e-mail didn’t make it clear this one certainly does, he’s a racist, and he’s a moron – of course neither of those is a disqualifier in today’s conservative circles, but they should be. Of course in the white bread world of Kansas this is just all in good fun; the Secret Service should arrest him on suspicion of threatening the President of the United States, or for inciting the same. He’s a disgrace, and Republican leaders should jump in line to denounce this yahoo.
According to the Huffington Post, Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal apologized Thursday for forwarding an email referring to First Lady Michelle Obama as “Mrs. YoMama” and comparing her to the Grinch, and yes, he’s a republican.
In his “holiday” e-mail, O’Neal’s subject line read, “Twins separated at birth?” including side-by-side pictures of Michelle Obama and the Grinch with similarly windswept hair;the forwarded part of the email reads, “I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacation — at our expense, of course.”
But wait, O’Neal didn’t just stop there, he forwarded the email to House Republicans and added the text, “Sorry, just had to forward the latest holiday message! I’ve had worse hair days but this is pretty funny.”
Well, isn’t that so seventh grade of the “Speaker”; he has since said he was sorry to those he offended.
OK, when are one of these people going to simply say, “I apologize, I was wrong, there’s no excuse,” instead of “I’m sorry to anyone I might have offended”? The “Speaker” screwed up and he needs to be man enough to admit that and sincerely apologize, not issue a generic apology.
Yeah, that’s true, political cartoons are “part of American culture”, but so is racism, and this smacks of pictures of the President with a bone through his nose, and watermelons in front of the White House; a funny picture of hair being blown everywhere is one thing, adding the phrase “YoMama” to it makes it a racist caricature and “Speaker” O’Neal should step down. Perhaps that’s the kind of humor the “Speaker” is used to down at the local pub, but adult people – especially leaders – in polite society don’t think its funny; time to grow up Mr. “Speaker.