2010 Hall of Shame (The Return of 1960’s Bigotry)

During the 1950’s and 60’s racial hostility was understood as a sign of the times and a response to rapid social and cultural change.  Most people view that political era with shame due to past wrongdoings.  Collectively, though, most American feel a sense of comfort knowing that was then, and this is now.

No doubt, America has changed. Good people stood together. Progress softened sharp edges and opened many doors, and even helped elect a Black president.

Unfortunately, Civil rights-era bigotry has reemerged with a vengeance in recent days spreading anger, indignation, stereotypes, hostility and violence.   Women’s rights groups are among those most familiar with it and how  unchecked extreme beliefs can encourage harassment – and even murder.  Following Obama’s election, intense cultural hostilities emerged as undercurrents within the birther movement, health care reform protests, immigration debates and Tea party leaders’ support for Jim Crow-era policies, such as poll tests.  Who in their right mind would ever imagine a candidate for the U.S. Senate saying he believes the government should not enforce racial discrimination laws? or a former vice presidential candidate defiantly advocating for the “right” to use a hateful racial slur or calling to repeal the 14th amendment? It’s sad, but true.  Political disagreements will always exist but public figures  and those in positions of influence should be held to a certain standard — at least in the court of public opinion.

When America looks back at 2010 politics, it should not be forgiving or kind to those who used the same kind of hate and vitriol employed 50 years ago.  These people should never been seen as heroes but, instead, as part of a litany of historical embarrassments.  This “hall of shame” should include the likes of Pam Geller, Dr. Laura, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Andrew Breitbart, Rand Paul, Tom Tancredo, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and many others.  The nation was supposed to learn from the mistakes of 1960’s — not repeat them.

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3 Responses to 2010 Hall of Shame (The Return of 1960’s Bigotry)

  1. Montana says:

    I am so happy that the ugly (inside and out) crazy old gym teacher reaped what she had sowed. She could have gotten her argument across by saying “N word” and not using the word and by not saying “don’t NAACP me” but like Michael Richards AKA “Cosmo Kramer”,she ends up the the trash heap of history, a history of her own making. I am so happy that the free market AKA sponsors started to pull their ads (I guess they were exercising their free speach) and she finally realized that she was just another “run of the mill gabby” and her days were numbered. She realized that she was not as smart as she thought she was, finally!

    Palin was the one who got bent over the use of the word “Retard”, Palin also said that the people have the right to build the Mosque in NY, but out of respect for the 9/11 families they shouldn’t, but I guess this same standard is not applicable to Laura Schlessinger. Do you see the hypocrisy? The problem with Palin is the same when she mistakenly referred to Ronald Reagan Eureka College, being in California and we all know its in Illinois, same thing, she does not fact check anything she is going to say. She is soooo Palin!

  2. You make a lot of good points. I forgot all about how Palin was up in arms about about people using the R-word. Yet, she has never defended minorities or spoken out for equality. It is one thing to use racial language to entertain (and actually bring people together). It is another thing to yell and scream racial insults at people (as Michael Richards and Dr Laura did).

    I am sick of hearing ppl say “racism does not exist” while they use bigotry/extremism to advance their agenda. Some people in politics these days are no better than Bull Connor, George Wallace or the Little Rock angry mob (depicted in the photo). Bigotry is bigotry.

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