Oklahoma was the scene of one of the worst race riots in the history of the United States in 1921 when a gang of whites attacked an affluent black neighborhood in Tulsa. Before the evening of horror was over, dozens of blacks had been killed, hundreds injured, and thirty-five city blocks (more than 1,200 homes) burned to the ground. Police responded by arresting or detaining as many blacks as they could round up.
Oklahoma is the only state in the nation where every county within its borders voted against President Obama in not one, but two general elections. Every frigging county! So it should come as no surprise that when the President visited Oklahoma this week, some of the more vocal morons of the state wanted to show their dislike of him in a manner that would draw the attention of the press.
Wednesday afternoon before President Obama could speak to members of the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma. his motorcade had to pass by a row of pick-up trucks draped in Confederate flags and proud Oklahomans standing along the side of the road waving Confederate flags. Dozens and dozens of beer-bellied buffoons and tattooed barflies wanting to make sure that colored guy from Washington understood their pride in their heritage. Participants in the protest were quick to inform reporters that their gathering was "a southern thing" and definitely not "a racist thing."
That night as the President slept in an Oklahoma City hotel, more protesters waving more Confederate flags gathered outside. Again, they were celebrating their heritage - not race-baiting.
Maybe this would be a good time for John McCain, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to float the idea of closing Tinker Air Force Base and moving the whole operation from the sands of Oklahoma to the sands of Arizona. Johnny Mac could frame it as a "heritage thing." That heritage bucket seems designed to hold an unlimited amount of horse shit.