Wednesday, August 16, 2006

U.S. Senator calls campaign worker a " Macaca " meaning "monkey" then apologizes

Racism is alive and well in virginia - Welcome to America!

Here we go again, The Washington Post reports that Sen. George Allen on Tuesday sought to contain the political damage from remarks he made to a Fairfax County man that dredged up charges of racial insensitivity -- allegations that have dogged him for years as governor, senator and now presidential hopeful.Despite a quick apology Monday, criticism poured in about Allen's use of the word "Macaca" to address a volunteer for the campaign of his Democratic opponent, James Webb, and also about another Allen comment, "Welcome to America."

The question was fiercely debated all day: Was "Macaca," which literally means a genus of monkey, a deliberate racist epithet or a weird ad-libbed word with no meaning? And what was Allen trying to say by singling out the young man of Indian descent?

Enter, Allen's defenders rushed to his side, saying the comments, though careless, do not reflect what is inside the senator's heart. Whatever! The inside of his heart is reflected in his racist words.

It's interesting that the Washington Post reports a new study showing that more than one million immigrants now live in the Washington, D.C., metro area—with probably half of them, roughly, living in Virginia.

Allen's racist immigrant-baiting comments can be viewed as either just another racist comment from a racist U.S. Senator, or as reflecting a calculation that anti-immigrant sentiment in Virginia can win him the election.

African American Political Pundit says: As governor, senator and now presidential hopeful Sen. George Allen has represented Virginia's racist past not Virginia's growing and changing future.

Sen. Allen needs to address his racial bigotry which has dogged him throughout his political career. This man is living in the J.B. Stoner 1950's.


At 8/16/2006 04:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allen was wrong not by his words alone, but the tone and tenor of singling out this young man, who is clearly American. Republicans in high level positions often do this to minorities. Supported by a large Republican contingency, including former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie, who are widely known for their divisive comments and actions, Allen is right at home with making comments like this. There will be no President Allen.


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