I know, I know, we’re not supposed to speak ill of the dead, so I will allow Senator Helms’ own words speak for him.
I’ve been portrayed as a caveman by some. That’s not true. I’m a conservative progressive, and that means I think all men are equal, be they slants, beaners, or niggers.
– Jesse Helms, North Carolina Progressive, February 6, 1985
Go ahead, defend that. I say the world is a better place without sitting Senator’s with that kind of hate in their heart. I’m not sure how Jesus, a Jew, and hate can occupy someone’s heart at the same time. Perhaps Helms’ brand of Christianity allowed for his racism. Certainly he wasn’t the first racist Christian, nor will he be the last, but for the record, the two are not supposed to mix. Something about the Good Samaritan, which is not just a story about helping others, but is actually a statement on race relations because Jews and Samaritans were rival races that held the same animosity toward each other as blacks and whites in America did and in some cases still do. And then there is the Golden Rule… but I digress. Maybe I’m a cold hearted, classless ass, but I for one am glad the man has moved on to be with Jesus or Satan or whatever other mythical figure is appropriate for him.