Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Blatant Racism of Lindsey Graham

(Update: To hear for yourself what Senator Graham said today, the video is available via YouTube and the exact comment in question appears at the 5:10 mark.)

If there was any doubt about Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) being a bigoted, racist and awfully pretentious blowhard, there is no longer.

I simply could not believe my ears a few moments ago when Senator Graham, taking part in the Sotomayor confirmation hearings in the Judiciary Committee, questioned Lt. Ben Vargas, one of the New Haven fire fighters who was part of the Frank Ricci, et al. v. John Destefano, et al. case (decided by Sotomayor on a three-judge panel and recently ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court), about how he, a Latino, was received by minorities when he took the side of the white fire fighters in the case. Senator Graham, eluding to retribution on the part of other Latinos and minority fire fighters, asked Lt. Ben Vargas of they had called him "an Uncle Tom." For those of you unaware, the term 'Uncle Tom' is a disparaging pejorative used against minorities who have been perceived by others as being subservient to white authority figures. Clearly, the term's origin is from Harriet Beecher Stow's Uncle Tom's Cabin.

I don't know which is more shocking, that Senator Graham would use such a term in front of his colleagues and the American public paying attention to Sotomayor's confirmation hearings or that not a single person in the hearing room called him out on it.

With racism this blatant, how can anyone believe that this confirmation hearing isn't being directly influenced by prejudice and racism?

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