And of course these same people never allowed any outmoded racial prejudice to affect the choices they made at work — who they hired or promoted. Not to mention how they voted as house or senate members. Was it Strom Thurmond who said “There’s not enough troops in the Army to force the Southern people to break down segregation and admit the Negro race into our theaters, into our swimming pools, into our homes, and into our churches.”
Was it Jesse Helms who said, “All Latins are volatile people. Hence, I was not surprised at the volatile reaction.”
— After Mexicans protested his visit in 1986
And was it Don Davis in 2001 who forwarded an email to every member of the North Carolina state House and Senate that contained statements like:
“Two things made this country great: White men and Christianity.”
And “[America’s current problems] can be directly traced back to our departure from God’s Law and the disenfranchisement of White men.”
Ah, yes. Let freedom ring.
Now, I’m not saying that things haven’t changed. There’s more opportunity and racism is not socially acceptable these days. I also make a distinction between “racial” and “racist”. But that article about the hospital barring black workers from doing their job at the specific request of a patient’s husband was enough to provoke a rant out of me.
And now I’m hungry so I’m done.