Dead at last, dead at last. Thank god almighty he’s dead at last.

10 07 2008

  What is the deal with the press coverage/reports about Sen Jesse Helms?  Did everyone forget he was a racist, bigoted bully?  Below are a few quotes, taken in context, from the 90’s.  There are others, a multitude of others, from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & 80’s but, I kept it recent to show Helms’s unrepentant, unapologetic bigotry. 

  ‘And the man ABC News now describes as a “conservative icon” (8/22/01) in 1993 sang “Dixie” in an elevator to Carol Moseley-Braun, the first African-American woman elected to the Senate, bragging, “I’m going to make her cry. I’m going to sing Dixie until she cries.” (Chicago Sun-Times, 8/5/93)’

    ‘More recently, when a caller to CNN’s Larry King Live show praised guest Jesse Helms for  “everything you’ve done to help keep down the niggers,” Helms’ response was to salute the camera and say, “Well, thank you, I think.” (Wilmington Star-News, 9/16/95)’

  Click here for the full article in which these quotes appear (w/ retro, bonus hate from pre 1990!).  Helms’s homophobic predjudices are also seen in the article.  It seems a tad odd that Barack Obama is accused of being un & anti American and a terrorist and John Kerry was accused of being anti-American but Helms is reffered to as a posterboy for attack dog politics and unabashed and bold.

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5 responses

10 07 2008
Guy Gadbois

As I’ve stated elsewhere, I imagine hell for Jessie Helms to be a tenured professorship at Grambling. And it’s not odd that prominent Democrats are plastered as unpatriotic unless you’re assuming there exists a “fair & balanced” press. I mean, Fox News hasn’t(directly) called Obama a nigger….yet.

11 07 2008
briznack

I sure hate that word, the ‘n’ word. It makes me all queasy. I understand that Jesse Helms liked to use that word a lot and Fox does like to call peeps that w/out using the word. Fox likes racial stereotyping and forcing minorities into those roles, by any means necessary. Be that skewed ‘reporting’, misquoting or striaght photoshopping.

29 07 2008
Guy Gadbois

Yeah it is disgusting, isn’t it? I hesitated writing it because it is so inflammatory but once I thought about it, taking into account the already racist events that have occurred on Fox [terrorist fist bump, Michelle Obama being a baby mama, the constant transposing of Osama\Obama], I felt its use was appropriate. I apologize if it was offensive.

8 08 2008
briznack

Not offensive, just thinking about Helms and the word and how their histories follow a similar trajectory. The word and the man both make me queasy.

11 05 2011
V.E.G.

Ironically, there are black Confederates. Sylvester Magee is the very last American slave in the United States and served in the U. S. Civil War (possibly as a Confederate soldier), and he even fathered a child at a very old age of 108, and his wife left him when he was 125 and he died at age 130. Magee does not know how to read and he was born in a place does not exist anymore and it is called Carpet, North Carolina.

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