H/T to RedDragon62 not only for this video, but for his outrage:
I'd read the story earlier and intended to link to it for this post. But havin' Massa Bauer actually speak his White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchal bullshit for his lil ole self, is so-o-o-o much better don't you think? If you've not heard Good Ole Boy, Jr. at his best - take a listen:"What shocked me is the lack of outrage at what this animal had to say. Not one Liberal blogger, not one "Progressive site, Not ONE came to the defense of the poor! Not one called this asshole out on his RACIST... (yeah I said it) RACIST remarks!"
And what made this extra-specially karmic, is that we're only one month shy -(almost to the day) - of the one-year anniversary of the Changeling's first, big address to Congress where he paraded young, Ty'Sheoma Bethea from Dillon, SC into the "Kingdom" for a night (and a photo op). You remember that don't you? Here are a few snippets to help you if you don't:
Young Miss Bethea is one of those poor "animals" to which Jr. up there is referring. Hailing from the homestate of FLOTUS, she lived in Dillon, where 85% of the students live below the poverty line and the drop-out rate is 60%! Here's a RECENT profile of J.V. Martin Junior High School where she was enrolled last year:In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a parent, for a mother or father who will attend those parent-teacher conferences, or help with homework, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, read to their child...(snip)These education policies will open the doors of opportunity for our children, but it is up to us to ensure they walk through them...(snip)
I think about Ty'Sheoma Bethea, the young girl from that school I visited in Dillon, South Carolina, a place where the ceilings leak, the paint peels off the walls, and they have to stop teaching six times a day because the train barrels by their classroom.
She had been told that her school is hopeless. But the other day after class, she went to the public library and typed up a letter to the people sitting in this chamber. She even asked her principal for the money to buy a stamp.
The letter asks us for help and says, "We are just students trying to become lawyers, doctors, congressmen like yourself, and one day president, so we can make a change to not just the state of South Carolina, but also the world. We are not quitters."
That's what she said: "We are not quitters." (snip)
I also wanted you to see, why Jr.'s little spiel is about nothing BUT Race. Seems there's plenty enough "quitting" to go around given these numbers. And word has it, since her day in the sun? Miss Bethea's mother lost her job and has relocated her family to the Atlanta area. But I ain't mad at her and her family at all. What do you do when you reach out for help and are ignored? You fend for you and yours, the best way you know how, that's what.
Hailing from THIS particular "Original 13," I'm used to Jr. and his ilk. As a matter of fact, I kinda prefer 'em. At least there was never any doubt where my Black ass stood. Dealing with whites from other parts of the country however, required an entire reeducation for me once I left home. All that patronizing,smiling in your face, while stabbing you in the back took a helluva lot of getting used to I tell you!
Is Jr. a racist? Hell yeah!! But that's no surprise to me. For them in the South, Poor = People Who Look Like Me. I've heard it, lived it and felt it all my damn life. It's 2010, and not a damn thing's changed in South Carolina, I promise you.
Good Ole Boy, Jr. - is the reason why the "O & MO" Show (with the assistance of that other "O" who, back in the day, would have had plenty to say about this shit. Anybody remember when she took her show to the sundown town of Vidor, TX in thelate 80s/early 90s - before she became theirs because they pay so much better?) was able to pull their damn "race card" to stir-up Black folk in South Carolina against the "Bill & Hill" Show (they're all politicians to me).
Good Ole Boy, Jr - is the reason the Changeling got nearly 100% of the Black vote in SC (and probably will again). I can still remember my sister excitedly calling me from their "Hoodwink Road Show." And when I started my list of reasons why they weren't shit, she quickly said, "I gotta go, they're about to start!"
My people were looking for a "Black Savior" - for a change (none of them will own that in "mixed company however"). And trust me, I totally understand that feeling (I don't care about "mixed company"). But he used the KNOWLEDGE OF THEM, gathered from his South Carolina born-and-raised wife and mother-in-law, to bamboozle them with false, "Black Saviorly" hope. But just like a bad, damn boyfriend - he got what the hell he wanted from them and never looked back (ask Miss Bethea and her mother).
And it was easy to do. Because - despite Jim Clyburn (or because of him) - Jr. and his crew still have their feet firmly implanted on the necks of Blacks in the state. And seeing as the "O & MO" Show didn't waste any time calling out the Clintons for THEIR RACISM back then, I was just sure there'd be some kind of "Beer Summit" in the offing for Jr. But I guess - if you believe Jr. - it'd be awful difficult to get all of South Carolina's "animals" to stop breeding long enough to come and sit around a table and sip some, "Can we all just get along" beer with Massa Lt. Gubna and his homegirl.
UPDATE I: H/T to Miska over at the bearded lady's radical feminist disco of rage for this little nugget - Hungry Haitians like animals, says UN peacekeeper. Jr.'s not the only one lovin' the term "animals" - out loud.
UPDATE II: Obama keeps pledge to help J.V. Martin - Well, isn't this CONVE-E-E-E-NIENT! Right before his 2nd big speech, he again "uses" Ms. Bethea to try to make himself look good. Call me a cynic, I don't care. But these two sentences in the piece tell me this little move is as contrived as it could be:
The funds will come from the $787 billion economic-stimulus bill Obama signed into law last February.
The announcement came on the day before Obama's first formal State of the Union address to be delivered this evening before a joint session of Congress.
- He had his little photo op in January 2009
- Signed the behemoth bill into law in February 2009.
- Sanford refused the stimulus funds until two lawsuits were filed by students and school administrators (much respect to them for their invovlement in "saving themselves") and the "Supremes" ordered his silly self to request the funds in March 2009.
And now, MAGICALLY, right before he has to get up before the people with some more bullshit NOT in our best interests (presumably - based on the leaks from the Big House), He plans to soften the blow with this announcement of a promise kept - just so Black folk will say, "See! He did what he said!" Yes he did.
And while they celebrate, I suspect he'll be picking already empty pockets in the Black community with tonight's speech. But I'll be fair. I'll wait until he spews forth on jobs, health care (if it passes, I still see no benefit for those who couldn't afford it before, especially that sweet "fine" thing if you don't get it from his cronies with whom he made a deal early on and the fact that nothing will happen until what, 2013??)), disparate sentencing policies and mass Black/Brown incarceration in the prison industrial complex along with the corporatization of the education system just to name a few. And let's not forget those pesky little issues facing my LGBT brothers and sisters like, getting rid of DOMA, supporting same-sex marrriage and sounding the death-knell for Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
I think my sister Cin would definitely call this kept promise a "dog-whistle" - so would I.
Let's be clear though, I AM glad the school will be rebuilt and that Miss Bethea can feel empowered by the part she played in making that happen. Who knows? Maybe she and her family will move back home.