Thursday, October 06, 2005


It's very hard not to hate over-privileged, stubbornly ignorant, fat, white men like Bill Bennett. Slate does an excellent job of tearing apart the asshole's defense, and that of the asshole's ignorant white defenders.

The scary thing is, I have a hunch that there are lots and lots and lots of Americans who secretly believe that Bennett's statement is true, and that the outcry against it is really just political correctness. In fact, Bennett's comments convey racism and prejudice on a fundamental level. Under these comments is the exact same juice that makes white folks feel a little antsy and on edge when we drive through the black side of town. It's that split second when we catch our breath when we see a black man walking toward us on an empty street.

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