I just had to repost this video featured today on ABC. It is of Rep. Paul Kanjorski stating that the new Finance Bill will give relief to those that he describes as, "people -- and they're not minorities and they're not defective and they're not all the things you'd like to insinuate that these programs are about -- these are average, good American people."
The notion that "minorities" should be classed with "defective people", and the implication that the category of "average, good American people" precludes the membership of "minorities" is asinine, offensive and deplorable. I don't care if the utterer of such a statement is lefty, righty, or ambidextrous. It doesn't matter. The problem is that such remarks indicate a profoundly stubborn ignorance and refusal to recognize the inherent 'Americanness' of people like myself, and other readers of this blog that don't give two licks about race, and just want to work hard for the advancement of our nation. We are everywhere, and marginalizing our productive citizenship is divisive, short-sighted, and un-American. Racism is clearly not the exclusive province of the Right, and it must be eradicated before Americans will be able to truly band together and rebuild this great country of ours.