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Partying like it's 1864....

Yesterday, I told you about an obscure but rather forward-thinking part of early 19th century Buffalo history. Today, we move backward, in both senses of the word, to thinking from the turn of the 20th century, which still exists in surprisingly large parts of modern America.

Buffalo hosted the 1901 Pan American Exposition. While best known for resulting in the assassination of President William McKinley on his visit to the grounds, the event also included other equally repulsive (even for that time) depictions of Western Hemisphere life. Local author Lauren Belfer highlighted one of these in her debut novel City of Light:

Such a depiction was reprehensible in 1901, 40 years after the start of the War to end such thinking. It's even more reprehensible 113 years later, when a seeming "American Patriot," embraced by the entire Conservative media machine in this country, comes out and says essentially the same thing:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Because, yeah, way down south in the land of cotton, old times there were better than rotten. And despite spokespeople for conservative politicians racing away from Bundy like from the proverbial plague, there is still clearly a market in this country for this kind of pap.  Only mistake he made was not using the accepted code.  Per Reagan propper-upper Lee Atwater, circa 1981:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

Bundy still cleans it up to "Negro," but the underlying sentiment is still there.  And that demeans that in which I hold citizenship.


You can dismiss Bundy as a underclass, stupid, backward backwater rancher, but he's by no means alone in his sentiment. The One Percent are right there with him. One Percenters like Donald Sterling, one of the 30 owners of a coveted and printable-money franchise in the largely African-American talent-driven NBA:

A recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making racist remarks was met with swift condemnation from Los Angeles city leaders and prompted a call for the city to formally denounce him.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said through a spokesman Saturday that he condemns the "statements and sentiments" attributed to Sterling. Councilman Bernard C. Parks, who represents a portion of South Los Angeles, went further, saying the council should take a formal position denouncing the remarks and demanding action from the NBA.


A person identified by TMZ as Sterling can be heard in the recording, said to be made this month, telling a female friend, identified as V. Stiviano, that he was upset she posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself next to Lakers legend Magic Johnson.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” the man in the recording says, later adding: “I’m just saying, in your … Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.”

“Don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me,” he says. “And don’t bring him to my games.”

The NBA released a statement saying it was conducting a “full investigation” into the recording.

“The remarks heard on the recording are disturbing and offensive,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in the statement, “but at this time we have no further information.”

Dude has a long history of racial insensitivity. I'll be shocked if it turns out not to be him. The NBA commish is scheduled to do a presser in just under an hour where he will have to address this latest stupidity among his own massah classah. If he isn't suspended the way any player would be in any league, it will prove just where the lines are drawn in even this day and age.

Oh, and the team Donald Sterling owns? Guess where that franchise originated, and had its best alltime record prior to last season and its only playoff appearances prior to 2005-06?

Yoooooooo (for Mcadooooooo) would be right!

Maybe Sterling visited the Pan-American site and decided that a team full of these guys would be best for him:

Days like this make me hate sports, hate my city, hate my species. All of them can do so much better.

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oxymoron67 From: oxymoron67 Date: April 27th, 2014 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
It really is disgusting.

I know several people who were supporting Bundy.

I haven't asked if they still are. I mean, I absolutely should, but, you know, I tilt at enough windmills.
bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: April 27th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
There was a Simpson's episode in which there was a sign posted at Grandpa Simpson's rest home: "Thank you for not discussing the outside world."

Some days, and this is one, that's how I feel. Haven't we gotten past this yet? Psalm 35 echoes in my brain. How long, O Lord? How long?
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