Who said blacks had rights?
What? And have the niggers stink up the water? Please
Stinging Nettles came up with this charmer
And they didn't have gas chambers at Auschwitz.
The News & Observer has a fascinating article today in which it excerpts lengthy paragraphs from the uncorrected galleys of Senator Jesse Helms's upcoming memoir "Here's Where I Stand." The framing of the article is that Helms takes a "gentler" approach to controversial issues than he did as a Senator, and appears to have learned the error of his ways on AIDS.
Two passages from the book quoted in the article, however, show that the same prejudices and hatreds still boil beneath a surface which has perhaps been calmed a bit by age and illness.
First, Helms discusses the AIDS epidemic, upon which he was so grossly wrong and so central to the Reagan-era inertia which led to the deaths of thousands. Helms says that friendships with Bono and Franklin Graham helped turn his thoughts on AIDS:
"Until then," Helms writes, "it had been my feeling that AIDS was a disease largely spread by reckless and voluntary sexual and drug-abusing behavior, and that it would probably be confined to those in high risk populations. I was wrong."
Now, let's not be ungrateful for small miracles. At least Helms admits he was wrong to oppose AIDS treatment and education programs, but look at that paragraph. Implicit in that statement, despite the claim of having learned his lesson, is the reprehensible argument that had AIDS remained confined to a population of homosexuals and intraveneous drug users, it would have been nothing to worry about. Evidently, in his estimation such people deserve to suffer and die.
I don't think the old guy has learned that much at all.
Exhibit 2 is the following lengthy passage on the civil rights movement:
"I did not advocate segregation, and I did not advocate aggravation," Helms writes. "By that I mean that I thought it was wrong for people who did not know, and who did not care, about the relationships between neighbors and friends to force their ideas about how communities should work on the people who had built those communities in the first place. I believed right would prevail as people followed their own consciences."
"We will never know how integration might have been achieved in neighborhoods across our land, because the opportunity was snatched away by outside agitators who had their own agendas to advance. We certainly do know the price paid by the stirring of hatred, the encouragement of violence, the suspicion and distrust. We do know that too many lives were lost, businesses were destroyed, millions of dollars were diverted from books and teachers to support the cost of buses and gasoline. We do know that turning our public schools into social laboratories almost destroyed them
Jesse Helms's revisionism is of that level.
For him to blame "outside agitators" is fucking insane. Most of the leaders of the civil rights movement were Southerners who got tired of their neighbors treating them like shit. Social laboratories? Has he been listening to too much Johnny Rebel? Humming No niggers in our school? Because he's expressing the same sentiments.
The simple fact was that white folks liked black folks tax dollars but didn't want them to actually have the same benefits from them. The fantasy was, apparently still is with some people, that it was the NAACP which got all the niggers het up and ready to agigtate. Which is bullshit. It was Southerners, their neighbors, who got tired of second class treatment. The shitty schools, the constant, daily insults, like not being able to take a shit in a clean bathroom, or get a hotel room or decent meal on the road. Or when they did, being sent to the back like a stray dog. They fought in WWII and Korea and whites thought blacks would continue to accept this second class treatment.
They were wrong. Helms didn't have any problem in the Old South. He was white.
John Lewis did. He was black. And had a big price on his head because he wanted to be treated like a human and not a peon.
Helms forgets that because he wants to.
And what social laboratories? Whites, after, in some states, shutting down the public school system entirely, sent their kids to segregation academies, which still exist. What he forgets is that black parents wanted their children to get the same benefit from their tax dollars as white kids did. No more or less. There was bsuing because of residential segregation. Simple as that.
Helms is like an old SS man talking about the need to stop Bolshevism, no matter what the cost, and then pretending that killing Jews wasn't part of it.
The subjugation of blacks was what the Old South was about until blacks got tired of second class citizenship and constant humiliation and abuse. And they were willing to suffer humilation, injury and even death to change that.. His book ought to be next to the Turner Diaries as racist tripe.
posted by Steve @ 8:14:00 AM