Leonard Pitts talks about the ugly consequences of open hatred

Leonard Pitts Jr. has a very interesting column about the consequences of open hatred in our country.

The ugly consequences of open hatred


”Them Jews aren’t going to let [President Obama] talk to me.” — the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

”I hate gay people . . .” — Tim Hardaway, former NBA star.

”A Third World country.” — Tom Tancredo, former Colorado representative, speaking of Miami/

”She’s frightening. And she’s racist.” — Dennis Baxley, former executive director, Christian Coalition of Florida, speaking of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

”Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.” — Glenn Beck, talk show host, to Rep. Keith Ellison, a Muslim/

”Fifty years ago they’d have you hanging upside down with a [expletive] fork up your [expletive].” — Michael Richards, ”comedian,” to an African American in his audience.

WASHINGTON — I’ve always liked this place.

”Enjoy” is not a word one uses in connection with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, but I’ve always found a visit here conducive to contemplation and reflection. So it is even on a fog-shrouded morning when you can’t get in, when yellow tape rings off the entrance, police vehicles sit with lights flashing and armed security stands watch.

Last week, a man with a rifle walked in and opened fire, fatally wounding security guard Stephen Johns. Other guards shot the intruder down.

Authorities say the shooter, James von Brunn, was an avowed racist and anti-Semite well known to the pustular netherworld of white supremacy and to those who monitor it. He believed the Holocaust a hoax and America a ”Third-World racial garbage dump.” He believed this, even at 88 years of age. ”It’s time to kill all the Jews,” he wrote in one e-mail. And can you imagine what might have happened had he managed to shoot his way past the guards?

It is jolting to recall that I once thought we were living in the last days of creatures such as this. My only excuse: It was the 1970s and I was young, raised on civil rights marches and Norman Lear comedies. Kids like me felt, with the offhand smugness of youth, that we were harbingers of a new world too enlightened to ever again hate people because they were. We were past all that.

Check out the entire column at the Miami Herald.

I will also add the latest in the hate and ignorance that never seems to stop.  Friday morning a gorilla escaped from the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina.  Rusty DePass, a South Carolina GOP activist and former state Senate candidate responded with the following comment on Facebook:


I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”

DePass told WIS News 10 he was talking about First Lady Michelle Obama.

GOP activist says escaped gorilla was “ancestor” of Michelle Obama

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A state Republican activist has admitted to and apologized for calling a gorilla that escaped from the Riverbanks Zoo Friday an “ancestor” of First Lady Michelle Obama.

A screen capture of the comment, made on the Internet site Facebook, was obtained by FITSNews, the website of South Carolina politico Will Folks.

The image shows a post by an aide to state Attorney General Henry McMaster describing Friday morning’s gorilla escape at Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo.

Longtime SCGOP activist and former state Senate candidate Rusty DePass responded with the comment, “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”

DePass told WIS News 10 he was talking about First Lady Michelle Obama.

DePass has been involved in state politics for decades, and helped elect Republican Governor Jim Edwards in 1974. He was an early South Carolina supporter of former President George W. Bush in 2000.

According to WIS News 10, DePass has somewhat apologized:

We spoke with DePass over the phone Friday night. He said, “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”

Of course DePass flips the script and claims that Michelle Obama made statements to the media that we’re all descendants of apes but the reporter did an internet search and didn’t find any news items verifying that information.  DePass is an ignorant clown and I don’t believe he’s sorry.

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