The things I know
Cynthia McKinney is an Embarrassment
by Delaware Dem
Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 05:56:11 AM PDT
I am going to be accused of buying into the Republican spin and frame. I am going to be accused of being politically incorrect. I am going to be accused of being insensitive towards women and minorities and victims across this land. Some may even call me a racist or a sexist.
I don't care.
Cynthia McKinney is an embarrassment, she was wrong, and she should have simply apologized for the "incident," said it was an honest mistake, that she overreacted, and that that would have been the end of it.
But no. She had to play the victim. She had to scream racism and sexism.
Trust me when I tell you that it is that behavior, the behavior of always playing the victim, of always catering to the victim, that is one of the reasons the Democratic Party lost its majority status in America over the previous 30 years.
Cynthia McKinney is no victim. She is a Congresswoman. As a Member of Congress, she is supposed to wear this pin on her lapel, which identifies her as a Member of Congress, when entering and exiting the Capital Building. She refused to wear it that day. When she was told to stop, she didn't. She was told to stop again, and she didn't.
Now, I will give her the benefit of the doubt that she didn't hear the capital police officer. I will give her the benefit of the doubt that she only acted instinctively and in self defense when striking that police officer with her bag. Fine. It was a mistake. An innocent mistake.
So fucking apologize for it, Congresswoman!
Don't sit there acting all indignant. Don't sit there playing the race card. Don't sit there playing the victim. Victim of what exactly?? Americans everywhere have to go through security checkpoints in this day and age. I am a lawyer. I am entitled to be in the Courthouse. Yet I can't just go breezing in the door, past the security checkpoint, ignoring the police officers whenever I feel like it. Indeed, if I allegedly didn't hear the officers, and reacted to the officers grabbing me by hitting them with my briefcase, I would feel pretty damn foolish. We all would I think.
But not Cynthia McKinney.
And that is why she is an embarrassment to the Democratic Party. I am ashamed of her.
Experience can be seen from words.
I can bet that the person who wrote this is a white male. Because it doesn't seem to have occured to him that the police officer might have been less than respectful. That grabbing a Congressmember might have been a bit much.
McKinney has had more than one incident with the Capitol Police, for one thing. Second, black people get treated differently than whites by police. All of this talk about security is bullshit. All he had to do was ask for her ID. Because how many well-dressed black women are going to just walk by a checkpoint?
The fact is that while Jon Stewart and his white male writing staff are having a larf, and white male bloggers attack her without pause, no one know what happened and I can tell you cops do not treat white women and black women the same way.
What is especially infuriating to me is how easily "liberals" can condemn this negro woman for not knowing her place when she acted like every other congressmember until confronted. They don't seem to care that cops feel free to disrepect black women unless they know there will be a penalty for it.
There is a deep seated fear of black people who challenge the police. Which is why so many white liberals loved Giuliani for "cleaning up New York".
But what bothers me even more is that while they're jumping on McKinney for what happened, they are mute on the virulent racism coming from the right. At worst, this is a fine. Not oh, luring teenage girls to have sex.
Neil Boortz made these lovely comments
The racist, sexist bloviating Neal Boortz sounds like a font of responsibility when he tosses his hat into the ring with commentary like this, about Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA). These statements about her hairdo (which as far as most reasonable people can ascertain, has nothing to do with the facts of her run-in with the Capitol Hill police), sound quite responsible:
"She looks like a ghetto slut."
"It looks like an explosion in a Brillo pad factory. It’s just hideous. To me, that hairstyle just shows contempt for — no, it’s not an Afro. I mean, no, it just shows contempt for the position that she holds."
"She looks like Tina Turner peeing on an electric fence."
Uh, excuse me, outraged poster, where is the outrage for this? A slut? Jesus Christ, she had a tiff with a cop, not robbed a bank and killed everyone inside.
People ranting about McKinney and not upset at the open racism attacking her on the right should be ashamed. And the fact that they're using it to obscure DeLay's multitude of crime.
The problem with the Kos post is a lack of imagination. The writer has no idea of what it is like to be black or a black woman dealing with the cops and refuses to imagine them dealing with her in a way different than nim.
She not "playing the race card", she's talking about race and how she gets treated. That's not playing the race card. That's just the truth. I don't know what happened here and am reserving judgment.
But I am embarassed that so many people, who have no clue, either as to what happened or how McKinney could have been treated, are spouting off with right wing talking points.
posted by Steve @ 10:17:00 AM