Friday, August 18, 2006

The Mysterious Plague of the Captive Tongues

On the heels of Mel Gibson’s virulent anti-Semitic remarks – which, of course, he really didn’t mean at all – come two more reports of prominent people saying terrible things that are – they swear! – totally out of character for them.

The first bit of verbal poison comes from the distinguished lips of Andrew Young, former ambassador, Atlanta mayor, and civil rights leader. In a discussion about Wal-Mart and its tendency to steamroll small businesses, Young said this:
"Well, I think they should; they ran the 'mom and pop' stores out of my neighborhood…But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us — selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables. And they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they've ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs; very few black people own these stores."
Young, of course, now retracts those statements and says they’re totally out of character.

Hmmm. Could it be . . . Satan?

The second incident involves Tramm Hudson, a Republican candidate for state office in Florida. In February, Hudson was speaking at a Christian Coalition event and reminiscing about his days as an Army commander. In describing his infantry unit, he said:
“A large number were black….I grew up in Alabama. I understand, uh, I know from experience, that blacks are not the greatest swimmers or may not even know how to swim."
The Devil must have gotten hold of another one, because Hudson was equally remorseful: “I want you to know that it was out of character for me and those who know me know that to be a fact.”

Uh huh.

The fact is, these guys are saying what they mean. No more, no less. Anyone willing to believe otherwise, please contact me. I have a car to sell you that was only driven on Sundays by a sweet little old lady.

Honest, I really mean it!


  1. I'm both surprised and disappointed by Andrew Young. There's some reality to what he said. I've lived in those poor neighborhoods but to blame it on race or ethnic groups is shameful and misses the more complicated issues.

    Here is another gem from Senator George Allen of Virginia.