Sunday, January 15, 2012

Racism from the Heartland

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist


How many times over the last three or four years have we had to watch in astonishment as some blustering political figure, always white and usually old, had to come out and apologize for a racist and stupid email about the President that they circulated to their friends.  It would appear to the rational mind that the morons would eventually figure out that someone will take offense and forward it on to the press.  But it just keeps happening - they never learn!

And the people who send those things around always bristle at being called racist - even though that is exactly what they are.  (One woman wrote to me and declared that she was not a racist because she had a Negro friend.  Sorry, honey, but having a black housekeeper doesn't do much toward breaking the color barrier!)

This week there is another example of a white power-broker having to apologize to the First Family over a piece of "humor" that he forwarded to his friends.  Fortunately one of his friends turned out to be a Judas and shared it with the press.

Mike O'Neal, the (old, white, male, Republican) Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives, has issued an apology for an email which he forwarded to friends that referred to Michelle Obama as "Mrs. YoMama" and compared her to the Grinch.  (Okay, maybe there is a bit of humor in any Republican elected official calling anyone a Grinch - after all, the only "people" they seem to give two shits about are rich ones - and corporations and fetuses.   Certainly the real Grinch is a card-carrying Republican.)

But, unbelievable as it may seem, the Grinch email about the First Lady was not Mike O'Neal's low point for the week.  A few days prior he had sent around an email that quoted from the Bible -Verse 8 of Psalm 109 - a hate-filled diatribe that is a prayer for the death of a leader, the meat of which is listed below:

Let his days be few, and let another take his office
May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
May his children be wandering beggars;  may they be driven from their ruined homes.
May a creditor seize all he has;  May strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.

Speaker O'Neal added his own postscript:

"At last - I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president!  Look it up - it is word for word!  Let us all bow our heads and pray.  Brothers and Sisters, can I gen an AMEN?  AMEN!!!!!!"

Nice one, Mike!  Your family must be so proud.

Mike O'Neal, the Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives, is declining to apologize for the Biblical email, probably believing that one should not have to apologize for spreading the word of God.

No word yet whether Kansas governor Sam Brownback is on O'Neal's email contact list, and if he is, what he chose to do with the controversial communications.

(Note:  Much of the information for this post came from ThinkProgress and my favorite Kansas newspaper, The Lawrence Journal-World.)

4 comments:

Xobekim said...

There is an online petition you can sign. It is from a group called Faithful America. The petition demands that the speaker resign, now. The link is http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2518/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9141

Pa Rock's Ramble said...

Okay, Mike, I signed the petition - proudly - on Martin Luther King Day!

Here is the link again:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2518/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9141

Thanks for sharing it.

Rock

Don said...

With a great deal of pleasure, I also signed.

Anonymous said...

Black or White, young or old, democrat or republican there is always going to be hate and fear in the world. Michelle Yomama is actually kind of funny. Who cares about a joke that might be slightly off color, I mean really. Yomama is so fat when she sits around the house she literally sits aroundddd it. So who did I just offend? Yomama or your mama? Wouldn't it be interesting if we took a group of prisoners serving life or a sentence they would never complete for non-violent crimes for posession or manufacturing or distribution of marijuana or any natural plant forms or herbs put here by our creator let them run the government for one year. A pot head in office you say? Yomama would be funny and not mean. Freedom of expression is a right we should protect and not hide behind. It's sad that little things today offend people and we do everything we can to make sure someone isn't offended. Put some hippies and let them pick their staffs, let them appoint judges who know the difference between right and wrong and will see to it that fair judments are handed down. No non violent crimes receiving harsher sentences anymore opposed to the monsters that are walking free out there that have committed crimes against children and the people we should really be looking out for. Petition signers pully your big girl panties up and take a long hard look at what we've become and ask yourself if this is the legacy you want to create and leave for your children and the families to come. Take the day off and spend it rememberring where you come from and help to make the world a better place instead of a place where freedom of expression is frowned upon. Grow up, smoke a joint, take a hike, find the beauty that our forefathers saw and help to protect it and grow. Until you do know that everyday when you go to work and monitor and point fingers at people, that reality is you're fake and everyone watching you knows that your fake. I couldn't imagine living life and not really living it as who I am but instead a fake, confused, lost soul wrecking our great country because someone got their feeling hurt today. With great pleasure and subtle chuckle I say hahahaha YOMAMA.