Forget Harry Reid and Trent Lott, their comments have fallen in with countless others that have been deemed “racist” by an all-too-eager bunch of reporters and bloggers. The media’s coverage of Reid’s “racist comments” is exactly the reason no one takes the growing problems with race relations in this country seriously. If everything is racist, nothing is racist.
Luckily, we here at COED have gone out and tracked down REAL racist comments that politicians have made. Here’s a few:
Truman said this long before he was president in a private letter to his future wife. Ah, what a different time it was. This one shouldn’t even count because there was no such thing as racism back them but this is one of those things that never gets mentioned because it was in a private letter. That’s where the real racism happens folks.
Still, at the time that Truman was relevant, his aides advised him to join the Ku Klux Klan to gain support.
One of my favorite quotes from ol’ Dick Nixon who was another President who got away with what he said because of the era in which he lived. This is a guy who used to give derogatory nicknames (far worse than “Turd Blossom”) to his Jewish aides. Still, different era or not, the Richard Nixon tapes are loaded with stuff like this. Awesome listening.
“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” -Betty Brown, Texas State Legislator
Something that many people have said over the dinner table, I’m sure. What makes Brown’s case different is that she said this in defense of a bill that she had introduced in the legislature…which would require Asian-Americans to change their names to something more…American.
“This was a pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other black guys around in the park…” -Bob Allen, former Florida State Legislator
This wasn’t Bob depicting a lovely day at the park, this was him explaining what his surroundings were before he agreed to perform oral sex on an undercover cop in a bathroom. Allen’s court defense was that he didn’t want to blow the guy, he was just intimidated by him and went along. The court found this as believable as Larry Craig’s “wide stance” defense.
No, Rush isn’t a politician but being the face of the modern Republican Party certainly counts for something (and makes him a hell of a lot more important than Betty Brown or Bob Allen). This comment should be added to an anthology of other comments that Rush has made that still pale in comparison with things that less notable talk show hosts like Michael Savage and Mark Levin have said on the air.
Although he just croaked Byrd does not get the benefit of the doubt on this one, whether it was the 40s or not. In Byrd’s younger days, he joined the Ku Klux Klan. After growing weary and moving on to more notable positions than being a recruiter for the local KKK chapter, Byrd wrote the above letter to a KKK Imperial Wizard in 1946. Byrd has since gone on to become the longest serving United States Senator and has been nicknamed the “conscience of the Senate.”