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Posted on 01/11/2010 5:16:12 PM PST by Kaslin
Leadership: The top Senate Democrat has exposed the hypocrisy of modern liberalism through his racially insensitive remarks. Trent Lott lost his post for humoring an old man. How will Robert Byrd's party honor him?
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has called for the resignation of Harry Reid as Senate majority leader over remarks published in a new book calling then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a "light-skinned" black man "with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one." If the Lott standard still applies, Reid should step down.
Reid's propensity to shoot from the lip is legendary. He recently compared opponents of his health care reform bill, written in secret behind closed doors, to supporters of slavery. But unlike former Senate Majority Leader Lott, Reid's remarks will be excused and he'll likely keep his job.
Steele is an expert on racism and racially insensitive remarks. He has been pelted with the symbolic epithet "Oreo," and during his successful run for Maryland lieutenant governor in 2002, the Democratic president of the Maryland senate, Thomas Miller, called him an "Uncle Tom." Miller apologized, but he did not lose his job.
"Oh yeah, there's a big double standard here," Steele said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." If a Republican made the same remarks, Steele said, Democrats would be "screaming for his head." Just as they screamed for, and got, the head of Lott.
Lott lost his post for saying, at South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party, that the country would have been better served had it followed Mississippi's lead in voting for Thurmond in his 1948 Dixiecrat presidential campaign.
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Yes, I have a question. I never understood that "macaca" thing. What does it mean?
It was a derogatory street slang term which closely translates to “monkey” but is used to mean “little black boy.”
In 2006 Virginia’s George Allen saw that he was bring followed by a kid (I am not even sure the kid was black) when he was stumping and jokingly said “This fellow here over here with the yellow shirt, Macaca, or whatever his name is. He’s with my opponent... Let’s give a welcome to Macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia.”
Clearly Allen did not understand the word and thought it meant more like “street urchin” (IMHO), but it was sufficient to paint Allen with a racist brush and let Webb in the door - and ended Allen’s political career.
Thank God the people of Virgina woke up and brought back a Republican (conservative enough) as Senator this year.
Thanks for the helpful info.
Lott used the term “better served”? I think not. He used a throwaway line to humor the crowd, nothing more. They are now assigning deep thought to an situation meant to be humorous while Reid presented his Negro line using contemplative thought in assessing the Election.
Not that any of this matters of course. They quote Rush Limbaugh when he repeats the words of Liberals that the people at Media Matters claim are his own.
Kid was of Indian origin (went to my highschool) name was Sidarth
>>Kid was of Indian origin (went to my highschool) name was Sidarth<<
I saw that in the background info I was looking through. As I said, I am sure Allen thought it meant “urchin” or “street kid” or “hanger on.”
I have made a few ill-stated jokes in my life and sorta understand what Allen went through (although I never paid as badly as he did, but it did cost me a friendship forever which is nearly as bad).
The “macaca” teapot tempest was about the most manufactured “insult” out of whole cloth that I have ever witnessed. To me and my friends, who speak a number of languages, we have no idea where that term came from, it must be known to about a dozen street thugs or something.
I see the posters to this thread apparently don’t really know either, that’s just how stupid and contrived this “insult” really was. Big deal.
Throughout my life I have heard many slurs and insults to Anglos (that’s us “whites” ya know) in Spanish and they have choice terms for Blacks too, heard them all. My, my, sure are a lot of silly, thin-skinned girly-men around these days.
No quarter for Dems and I’m not talking money here...
The title suggests that George Allen is also a racist, he’s not. The Republican party is made up of spineless individuals that when someone like George Allen or Trent Lott were forced to apologize profusely across the TV dial the GOP went into hiding. They never backed either one up. Trent Lott ran out of African-American-targeted TV channels to go around apologizing on, before he was forced from power. There is no double standard or hypocrisy. There is just too many spineless cowards in the GOP unwilling to stand up to the real racists in this country who all happen to be in the Democrat party.
Apparently George Allen's mother is a street thug. Allen said that's where he's first heard the term, as a kid.
What few people remember is Strom Thurmond was a Democrat back then.