April 14, 2010

Seeing is believing

The Tea Party conservatives are saying that last month's episode outside the Capitol in which the N-word was flung at a group of black lawmakers, was completely fabricated by the lawmakers in question. In the most telling defense of this attempt to discredit the distinguished congressmen, blogger Andrew Breitbart says, "This is 2010. Even a racist is media-savvy enough not to yell the N-word." Apparently, Breitbart has never been in a large angry crowd of old white men who have been whipped into a frenzy by crazy speakers predicting the doom of America at Barak Obama's hands. And since when have these protesters ever been media-savvy?
I have no problem at all believing that racial epithets were hurled at the congressmen. Unlike many self-righteous prigs in the so-called "tea party movement," I do not have to see a video of it to know it happened. If John Lewis says that someone (probably the 67-year-old retired auto mechanic with the sign depicting Barak Obama as an African witch doctor, which is totally not racist.) yelled n**ger at him on his way in to vote, we really have no reason to doubt him, unless we are so insecure in our views of African-Americans that we will latch on to anything that makes us look less like we fear black people.

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