Tuesday, February 01, 2011

RACISM In The Ohio Statehouse: "I Don't Need Your People"

"Today in 2011, it feels more like 1811 in the state of Ohio under a governor who just does not get it." So said Ohio State Senator Nina Turner (D-OH) about newly elected Teabagger and Fox/Murdoch money recipient John Kasich. Senator Turner was being polite. He "gets it" alright. Turner said Kasich had "the pure unadulterated gall to say that he can’t find anyone. In that same caucus meeting when I said to the governor “if you need help, we can help you” and he said, and I quote, “I don’t need your people.” Now as an African-American, I was kind of perplexed about “I don’t need your people.”

Understandable. Blatant, unadulterated racism from a state's top elected official is perplexing, even if that politician is a Republican. After all, this is 2011. And this arrogant punk of a governor didn't even have the decency or the manners to treat a state elected legislator with the respect and dignity she has earned and deserves, after she had offered to help him. The people of Ohio are getting a taste of Teabagger "government." Mob rule, tyranny, by the few, the rich, the powerful, white wingnut males. That's what Teabaggerism is: Unrepresentative, undemocratic, reactionary, RACIST and elitist. In Egypt, the people have risen up against this sort of thing.

Question of the day: Is racism a genetic DNA mutation peculiar to conservatives, wingnuts, and authoritarian personality types?

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