Friday, August 13, 2010

Dan Fanelli Plays the Race Card

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Progressive Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida has an interesting email appeal for money circulating in which he flatly states that his opponent, Dan Fanelli, is a racist.  Mr. Fanelli, who won't be Mr. Grayson's official opponent until after Florida's August 24th primary, does have a problem when it comes to race.  He put out an ad last spring in which he compared an elderly white man to a young brown man in a tee-shirt - and asked which looked like a terrorist.  His point apparently was that lines at airport screening should only focus on foreigners, and let the rest of us safe whites pass right on through. 

Timothy McVeigh would have loved that!  So would Eric Rudolpah.

It is called racial profiling - and it is dumb because it does not work.

Mr. Grayson correctly pointed out in his appeal for money that not all terrorists are brown.  In fact, many of the most notorious were lily white.  Pull up a picture of Timothy McVeigh on the Internet and check it out.  That young man was absolutely wholesome.  Well, Mr. Wholesome blew up the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killing a couple of hundred people - including many children who were attending a daycare in the building.

Fanelli is playing on our innate racial fears - just as Jan Brewer and her misanthropes are doing in Arizona.  It's not pretty, it's not fair, but it is highly effective.  Dan, Jan, and the Klan want us to be scared of people of color, because our fear gives them power.  That should not be what America is about in the twenty-first century!

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