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NOW and NAACP make fools of themselves defending wackjob Rep. McKinney's ridiculous racial complaint
by John in DC - 3/31/2006 11:45:00 PM
Good God. If you ever needed proof of how irrelevant the big-monied liberal advocacy groups have become, we got a lovely demonstration today when the NAACP and the National Organization for Women spoke at a press conference on behalf of the nutsy-cukoo Democrat from Georgia, Cynthia McKinney.
You may have already heard about this ridiculous brouhaha. McKinney waltzes into the Congress the other day, bypasses the security checkpoint (which members of Congress are permitted to do), but she doesn't identify herself as a member of Congress and isn't wearing her ID pin that ALL members of Congress are required to wear when at work (for the very reason that there are 535 of them, and it's not always clear who's a member). It's that pin that tells the cops at the metal detector that she's a member of Congress and not a walking human bomb.
Anyway, the cop, not recognizing her and she's not wearing her pin, yells after her "ma'am, ma'am" - McKinney just keeps on going. So he runs up to her and grabs her with his arm (not an unreasonable thing to do, considering). She turns around and slugs him in the chest. And now she's crying racism and sexism, he attacked her - oh, I'm sorry, the phrase she's using is that he "touched her inappropriately" - gee, let's make it sound like he raped her or something - anyway, yes, the brutal police man attacked her simply because she's black, a woman and he hates her politics, and now she's going to file charges against him, maybe.
Give me a frigging break. The cop ought to file charges against her.
Then, to add to the farce, also in attendance at the press conference today is actor Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte. (This is apparently to ensure that any credibility Belafonte had as a critic of the president is now totally shot.) Anyway, Glover and Belafonte then tell the crowd they have no idea what the facts of the case are. Nice.
I'm sorry, but what a pitiful excuse for a Democrat. Yes, let's cry racism and sexism and Democratism, I guess you'd call it, because a cop didn't recognize you and you decided to not even wear your member of Congress pin, or turn around when the cop called out to you while we're at war. Next time, it'll be better if the cop lets strangers without their pins just barge into the halls of Congress, bypass security, and oh blow the hell out of the entire building because they're afraid the person they stop might be - what? - a Democrat?
Like I said, the only thing more pathetic than McKinney is that NOW and the NAACP would lower themselves to attend this ridiculous farce of a press conference. Have they nothing better to do than pander to someone who belittles legitimate concerns about race and gender and political bias?
Pathetic liberal groups, and pathetic Democratic members of Congress. Their funders should cut them all off until they prove the worth of their continued existence
Here's a question: how many white, male members of Congress would be grabbed by a cop without showing ID or having their pin?
See, in my experience, police do things to black women, they don't do to other people.
I seriously doubt any black adult would ignore a police officer. It is just too dangerous to do that. And according to ABC News, she showed her ID.
The reason Condi Rice quit the first Bush administration was because the Secret Service prevented her from joining the President on Air Force One.
So I think McKinney, who isn't a wackjob or a nutter, and who won reelection after two years of Denise Majette, who was a much quieter person, might have a case here.
As far as I know, McKinney isn't a bomb thrower and doesn't have a record of flamboyant behavior. And if it's true she's had continuing problems with the Capitol police, then this might be an issue with other people as well, including staff.
I can't make a judgment either way, but I don't find McKinney to be prone to antics. However, the racism coming from the right about this is absolutely vile
posted by Steve @ 1:08:00 AM