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Update on Jesse Helms

He’s still dead, but I did find an article by David Broder for the Washington Post that furthered my point of drinking to the passing of Helms.

Enjoy,

Tom

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Happy Independence Day!

It’s always nice to celebrate a hard fought victory and today is no exception.  Though I have to admit, my mind has wandered today about what other history this day holds.  On this day in 1910 Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries to become the first black heavyweight champion of the world.  Race riots broke out throughout the United States.  This piece of history is odd to me.  First of all, Americans breaking out in a race riot is scary and bizarre.  Our parents and grandparents have done so much to bring the races together and never seem to get mentioned.  People think the civil rights movement began and ended in the 60’s.  It did neither.  Both whites and blacks were crossing the racial line to marry, develop friendships and learn to like, if not entirely love and accept, one another.  The 60’s civil rights movement would have never happened if there had not been a slow build up of people questioning the merits of having a racist society.  Movements require that.  It’s impossible to suddenly turn a society against itself.  And the movement certainly did not end in the 60’s, it continues on.  Not because minorities are trying to bitch their way into special rights, but because there are still sections of our country where black men, Mexican and Arabs are considered guilty until proven innocent. We’re heading in the right direction.  Our trend over the years is positive and we are moving toward a more open society.  I highly doubt we’ll ever completely be free of racism, sexism or other equally ignorant prejudices, but we can continue to get better.  We have and we will.

Cheers,

Tom

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Jesse Helms is Dead… I Say Good Riddance!

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.

Tom

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