Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Great White Hope?

Still don't think that the Republican party is the home of racists? Go no farther than Kansas, where freshman congressional representative Lynn Jenkins said, on August 19 at a political forum, that the Rethugs are still looking for "a great white hope" to defeat Barack Obama.

A "great white hope", for people who have been living under a rock, who haven't the first clue about history, sports and racism, and who don't go to movies, refers to the search for a white boxer who could defeat Jack Johnson, described by Ken Burns as "the most famous and most notorious African-American on earth".

And, naturally when it comes to pretty much anyone in the Rethug party apologizing for anything, she issued one of those famous "non-apology" apologies:

"She apologizes if her words have offended anyone," Jenkins spokeswoman Mary Geiger told The Associated Press. "That was not the intent in any way, shape or form."
At an event at University of Kansas in Lawrence, Jenkins denied she was speaking in racial terms and said she meant only that the GOP needs "a bright light."
"I was unaware of any negative connotation, and if I offended anybody, obviously, I apologize," Jenkins told the Lawrence Journal-World. [Emphasis added]
Jeez, gimme a break already. Is she really so out of touch that she thinks that way? If so, she really doesn't belong in the House of Representatives. Especially not from Kansas, whose history in race relations is such that the biggie of all US Supreme Court decisions regarding segregation came out of Kansas. The Brown v. Board of Education case came out of Topeka, Kansas, and not out of, say, Selma, Alabama.

1 Comment:

Helen M. Bascom said...

I thought everyone would have been convinced by Pat Buchanan's claim that America was built by White people.