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Keeping The White Man Down

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Memo to racist morons: YOU ARE DUMB.

I think they knew somehow. I think all the stupid racists knew that I'd be doing the MLK column on them, and held their fire until after it was published. Nice try, but it's not going to help. You're idiots, and as we all know, IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS.

"The present commonwealth has nothing to do with slavery. Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ? Nobody living today had anything to do with it. It would be far more appropriate in my view to apologize to the Upper Mattaponi and the Pamunkey. I personally think that our black citizens should get over it. By golly, we’re living in 2007. Nobody can justify slavery today, but it’s counterproductive to dwell on that. Political correctness has kind of gotten us into this area." - Virginia state delegate Frank Hargrove Sr., age 79, who got on a fucking roll in an interview with a local paper.

What caused an old, white, Virginia Republican to tell the black community they should "get over" slavery, and throw in an off-handed Jewish slur in the process? The possibility that the Virginia legislature might pass a resolution apologizing for slavery.

That's it. Just one of those largely empty gestures that governmental bodies pass to feel better about their less-enlightened past. And since this is Virginia, their less-enlightened past generally extends to about two weeks ago, so that's a lot they need to feel better about. Does it do any good? Probably not. But it certainly doesn't do any harm. So why would Hargove object so strongly? Because, as an old, white Virginia Republican, Hargrove doesn't think he should ever be reminded that a significant portion of his own life and success was, whether he wanted it to be or not, at the expense of slaves and their descendants.

And the Jew thing? That's just funny. That's one of those great Freudian slip moments I love to see. Because from Hargrove's point of view, he's FORGIVEN the Jews for killing Christ! He doesn't want them to apologize. That'd be ridiculous! It's not like any Jews today killed Jesus. It's all wine under the bridge. And that's why, when the Jewish guy that sits right fucking next to him in the legislature voiced his understandable displeasure at Hargrove's statement, Hargrove responded with:

"I didn't even know you were Jewish. I don't care what your religion is. I think your skin was a little too thin."

And really, in Hargrove's defense, how could he have known Englin was Jewish? He probably didn't wear a yarmulke to work, and his name's Englin! He didn't mean any harm when he implied that Englin's ancestors betrayed and slew the central figure in Hargrove's religion, repeating and reinforcing a slur that's been used to justify decades of bigotry and oppression.

There are only two small bits of comfort we can take from this sorry incident. First, that Hargrove's right in one respect. Apologizing for slavery isn't going to change a goddamn thing in Virginia. And second, that Hargrove is only the second dumbest, second-most-racist douchebag to step up to the public microphone this week. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you California's own Nazi provocateur, Michael Savage nee Weiner.

"But basically, if you're talking about a day like today, Martin Luther King Junior Day, and you're gonna understand what civil rights has become, the con it's become in this country. It's a whole industry; it's a racket. It's a racket that is used to exploit primarily heterosexual, Christian, white males' birthright and steal from them what is their birthright and give it to people who didn't qualify for it. Take a guess out of whose hide all of these rights are coming. They're not coming out of women's hides. Are they? No, there's only one group that's targeted, and that group are white, heterosexual males. They are the new witches being hunted by the illiberal left using the guise of civil rights and fairness to women and whatnot."

Now I'm fully aware that Savage is employed to say stupid shit to an audience who, if they don't constantly LISTEN to stupid shit every waking hour, might accidentally think about their worldview. Or worse, start questioning its validity. I get that. But still, BIRTHFUCKINGRIGHT?!

Heterosexual Christian white males have a birthright? And the modern civil rights movement is all about forcibly removing that birthright from them? Let's not kid ourselves here. This is the language of white supremacists. I'm actually shocked that he didn't figure out a way to work the word "heritage' into one of those sentences. And it's going out there under the imprimatur of the mainstream media. Don't kid yourself otherwise. He's syndicated, corporate, and gets book deals and TV face time. And he spouts shit like "heterosexual, Christian, white males' birthright".

Ostensibly, you only get three birthrights in this country - life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I say "ostensibly" because, let's face it, the government can get away with taking pretty much any of those away at any time and nobody will do shit about it. But still, those are our birthrights as Americans. And we all get them, whether we're Michael Savage or a black lesbian atheist. Privilege isn't a birthright. The word you're thinking of is INHERITANCE. It's passed down from one generation to the next regardless of worth or need. But just because it's been given to you doesn't mean you're entitled to it. Or earned it. Or deserve it. Or get to whine like a little, pasty bitch when you think someone's taking it away from you.

Well, OK. You do get to whine like a bitch. That's part of your birthright. And apparently part of your fucking DNA.