>Second round-up of racial stupidity

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I’m making this entry tonight since it’s on my mind.

First, I’ll start with the despicable remark made by broadcaster Kelly Tilghman (right) on the Golf Channel last week. Tilghman, seen to the right, said the remark during coverage of the Hawaii’s Mercedes-Benz Championship last Friday while she and co-host Nick Faldo were “discussing” how young golfers could ever “challenge” Tiger Woods, according to CNN.

Faldo: “To take Tiger on, well yeah, they should just gang up for a while until …”

Tilghman: “Lynch him in a back alley,” she said with a chuckle.

Apparently, Tiger Woods is ‘okay’ with the lynching remark, but Civil Rights activists Al Sharpton isn’t (who can blame him). Sharpton wants the broadcaster to be fired. If the network doesn’t fire Tilghman, then Sharpton and his National Action Network will picket the network’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla.

Next up we have long-shot presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (left), who has garnered a lot of support that hasn’t made the candidate a force to be reckoned with.

Newsletters have surfaced of Paul’s rants during the 1990s, which is what I call the height of white male backlash against black “domination” in the public sector.

Some “rants” pulled from the newsletters:

The criminals who terrorize our cities…are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are. As children, they are raised to hate whites, to believe that white oppression is responsible for all black ills, to “fight the power,” to steal and loot as much money from the white enemy as possible. Anything is justified against “The Man.” …Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began. The “poor” lined up at the post office to get their handouts (since there were no deliveries)–and then complained about slow services.

It gets better:

What an outrage that, for the first time in our nation’s history, the organized perversions of were feted in the White House…Homosexuals, not to speak for the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities. They could also not be as promiscuous. is it any coincidence that the AIDS epidemic developed after they came “out of the closet,” and started hyper-promiscuous sodomy? I don’t believe so, medically or morally.

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Paul denied he wrote the newsletters, saying: “I do repudiate everything that is written along those lines,” he said, adding he wanted to “make sure everybody knew where I stood on this position because it’s obviously wrong.”

Whether or not Paul wrote the newsletters, the sentiments are in line with his philosophy: his strict libertarian views on the government coincide with the belief that government “handouts” hurt, not help, “victims.” Paul also spoke out against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, calling it a “massive violation of the rights of private property and contract, which are the bedrocks of free society.”

I’ve never been able to understand why people feel it’s okay to casually mention lynching or any racially offensive in a joking manner. Perhaps the Afrosphere needs to begin a week or month-long campaign of running the names and photos of lynching victims, dating as far back as the end of the Civil War. Perhaps the networks needs to show the Roots miniseries to instill some sort of sensitivity in people, white or black, when it comes to racism. Perhaps there needs to be a massive overhaul in how the public and private school systems approach U.S. history in context of racism.

Obviously, something has gone awry. Just because there are a few token black faces on your local newscasts does not mean racism is dead and gone. Just because you can feel “comfortable” having a few beers with a black co-worker doesn’t mean that the Civil Rights Movement solved everything. Just because you have a black man or a black woman on your arm doesn’t mean that you are protected from racist and prejudice views towards blacks.

There needs to be a revolution. I’m talking a digital revolution. There needs to be a organized effort to re-educate the masses. Or if that doesn’t work, as my friend Dic would say, the creation of Stupid Island and the application of the human fryer would be our last resort.