Wednesday, April 29, 2009

There's a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep 'em all away from you. That's never possible.

"Are Southerners more likely to discriminate than Northerners?" asked a skeptical Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

Well, duh, John I don't know. From the same article...

What a bunch of asshats the conservatives on the high court are. Kennedy should retire already and let Obama appoint someone rational to the court. It's been too long.


lahru said...

They are still fighting the war and it shows. The only mitigating factor is the amount of northerners who have moved south as they age. And took their values and principals with them.

Don Snabulus said...

Sometimes progress means waiting for people to get old and die. I spoke to a guy in his 60s the other day who I didn't even realize was a racist until the subject came around to Obama.

Another 20 or 30 years should thin out their ranks substantially.

Randal Graves said...

That's one good thing about Obama's victory, candyass Senate Dems like Schumer are off the hook for voting yea out of fear since the Pretzeldent won't nominate pro-corporation wingnut fuckers like Alito and Roberts.

Dr. Zaius said...

They may need him to help with upcoming elections. :o)

Ubermilf said...

um, Florida? 2000 election? Oh, yeah. We're pretending that didn't happen.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

You know what? Some of the most racist people I have ever heard of or had the displeasure of meeting in mu life have been from outside the south. Specifically it's been people from Michigan and the northwest. Are there racist people in the south? Yes. Are they else where inthis country too? Hell yes. I'm sick and tired of being branded a racist because I live in the south and I'm sick and tired of people who assume that all of us hate blacks. Go ask someone who didn't vote for Obama who lives near you if they hate blacks and then join the rest of us in the 21st century.

Dean Wormer said...


I would never argue that racism exists solely in the South. Nor would I argue for a second that one is automatically a racist because they hail from that region. Especially yourself.

I do think it's fair to observe that racism does exist to a disproprotiate extent in the South to this day. While it's not proof positive I also believe the lower vote that Obama received vs. Kerry among white democrats is telling.

Finally- the issue I was addressing was the Voting Rights Act itself which is about to be gutted by the supremes judging by their questioning in the recent case. Currently states in which racism was institutionalized have to have the feds review in changes they make in the voting laws. You can't see how that would be a bad thing to have go away, even in a South where racism is just a shadow of where it was fifty years ago?

Anyhoo- apologies if you were offended, sir. I certainly wouldn't want you mad at me.


Ubermilf said...

I thought about addressing that, too. There are plenty of racists up north, and what's galling is, many of them come from ethnicities which were themselves discriminated against at one point or another. That they can't extend empathy based on that experience or the experience of their forefathers is extra despicable, in my opinion.

The difference to me is the Klan, and the terrorizing influence they had not too long ago. Racists up here don't have a violent thug army backing them up, so enacting and enforcing unfair laws isn't quite as easy.

Maybe. I could be completely off my rocker, and probably am.