Thursday, September 22, 2016

full-frontal ignorance

I don't know how others feel, but I find something refreshing about ignorance and bigotry that is front-and-center and has no shy-ness to it. It's tiring listening to those who gild their flat-out truths with a politesse that simply won't wash and insults those within earshot.

Case in point: Kathy Miller, Republican campaign coordinator in Mahoning County, Ohio, quit her post today after being recorded by The Guardian as she said, I assume with a non-rancorous honesty, that black people have only themselves to thank for their economic and educational failures over the last 50 or more years. Ohio is a powerhouse state when it comes to electing the next U.S. president and, although GOP nominee Donald Trump has said worse things than Miller, still he hasn't had the decency to assume the kind of responsibility Miller has. Excerpt from The Guardian:

Kathy Miller
The video included an interview with Miller in which she said there was “no racism” during the 1960s and claimed black people who have not succeeded over the past half-century only have themselves to blame.
“If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault. You’ve had every opportunity, it was given to you,” she said.
“You’ve had the same schools everybody else went to. You had benefits to go to college that white kids didn’t have. You had all the advantages and didn’t take advantage of it. It’s not our fault, certainly.”
Miller added: “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this … Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods, and not being responsible citizens, that’s a big change, and I think that’s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.”
Mark Munroe, the Mahoning chair for the GOP, said he immediately contacted the Trump campaign in Ohio asking for Miller to be dismissed over her “insane comments”.
Appalling? Yes, in a certain sense, it all is. Saddening and appalling. And yet I have to admit that there is something refreshing about getting it out in the open.  When I hear enough goody-two-shoes dancing around the gritty truths that may invest one mind or another, all I can think of is Clint Eastwood in his movie, "Gran Torino" ... a great and growly


  1. The Koch political machine pays some ad agency to crank out emails full of stupid and mean. They get passed along from friend to friend and so are totally trusted and believed. doh!

  2. As the late great economist John Nash might have said if Singaporean, "There has got to be a scientific reason why my ruling political party wears white not black not brown and everybody votes for it."