Thursday, December 19, 2013

God Those Were Happy Times, Weren't They?

Phil Robertson's remarks about homosexuality are nothing compared to what he said and nobody is talking about.

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field.... They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.” 

Phil must have lived someplace never where news of the outside world never pierced the protective shell surrounding the community he lived in. The Jim Crow laws, lynchings, and murders suffered by his dark-skinned fellow American citizens in the 50's and 60's had no effect on the godly, happy black people who were not singing the blues during that time.

Emmett Till and many others would not concur.


capejoun said...

Today was the first time I had heard anything about this guy. It reminds me of the Dixie Chick bough ha ha years ago. I also can't help thinking it's a ratings ploy.

capejoun said...

Today was the first time I had heard anything about this guy. It reminds me of the Dixie Chick bough ha ha years ago. I also can't help thinking it's a ratings ploy.

Robert Johnson said...

That's odd. I met Rev. Robertson across the field at that old crossroads, and he was singing a different tune back then.

Justin Bieber said...

I think you're confusing Phil Robertson with Pat, Mr. Johnson.

But, since you're on the line, is your hound having pups anytime soon?

I sure could use one. Miley claims she got one but I think she's lying.

Geeshie Wiley said...

Meh, white guys. I can never tell Santa from Satan.

Anonymous said...

Phil Robertson was about nine years old when racists murdered teenaged Emmett Till 48 years ago.

Democrats love a distraction, and this week it's a campaign to censor the impolitic views of Duck Dynasty.

See, President Obama just murdered a Muslim wedding party. And we already know of his predilection for murdering teenage Muslim boys, including at least one American.

This week Democrats named one of the primary architects of Obama's drone policies to head DHS, the MLK-quoting Jeh Johnson. Obama is also back in court trying to expand unprecedented illegal surveillance, a program far more invasive than the bugs planted in King's motel rooms.

If Democrats are going to resurrect King and Till, don't be surprised if the resurrected point fingers at people far more powerful than an alcoholic duck hunter who grew up picking cotton and using an outhouse.

Janus Joplin said...

It's a good thing anon that no evangelical blacks in the south are homophobic like Robertson, since that sure would mess up the neat lines of the Democratic message.

Ma Rainey's White Bottom said...

Black is the new white.
Brown is the new black.
And if you're poor, get back, get back, get back.

Is Jane Doe the new Rosa Parks? Raped repeatedly by Obama's CPB agents, she refused to consent to her systematic violation, demanded a lawyer and a warrant, even when threatened with an enormous hospital bill.

Gives a new meaning to Obamacare.

The court document is clearly written and worth reading as well as this article.

But hey, there's probably a cracker somewhere in the Louisiana that Democrats can blame.

Dramayana said...

The Robertson story was a minor clusterduck compared to the the complex Khobragade saga So many points of view and issues. I sense a nostalgia in Democrats for he simple villains and heroes of years past. We may have reached a new level absurdity when Charles "Park Slope" Blow advises Phil Robertson that he should have been cognizant of the 1890 Jim Crow Separate Cars Act during his impoverished 1950s childhood.

Anonymous said...

I'm more intrigued by what the Duck guy's critics are not saying--his real point seems to be being poor makes for happiness, for anyone. That's harmful nostalgia.

Blow's piece is off his game here, feels like an intern wrote an overly abstract piece and Blow signed off in it. Why not feature a counterpoint from a 67 year old black Louisianan?

It's like when Tim Egan writes about Spokane and you get the feeling he never did more than stop here for a shit and a doughnut.

ZZ Flop said...

Blow and Egan have to save their best anecdotes if they want a book deal, unlike gasbags like Friedman and Brooks who can recycle everything a zillion times and get paid every time. Friedman probably spends more on his mustache care than Blow blows on his mortgage.

Anonymous said...

If Mr. Friedman paid money for that mustache than he was surely cheated and deserves our sympathy, not our derision.

Maybe the Ducks could lend him some whiskers, since they seem blessed in that commodity.

The Shangri-Laws said...

"I am a Buddhist, and, for a Buddhist, a relationship between two men is wrong. Some sexual conduct in marriage is also wrong...For example, using one's mouth and the other hole."

--Dalai "Duck" Lama, 1999

Still at it:

Let the boycott begin?

The Desolation of Smug said...

Christmas was marred by an eruption of rioting in Spokane's liberal neighborhoods yesterday, all one of them.

What began as a modest protest to burn the massive amounts of Cracker Barrel Duck Dynasty merchandise that liberals had been somehow forced to purchase roared out of control as ill-fitting Lulu Lemon tights, received as gifts, were added to the flames.

Effigies of Chip Wilson, Phil Robertson, the Dalai Lama, and the Hindu demon Ravana were seen twisting in the flames before being consumed in a bachanal reminescent of Burning Man.

"It's not just tights that are tight," said one naked protestor. "It's not just duck hunters who hunt ducks or white men with unironic beards or head lamas who condemn head. It's fucking all of it."

Police were able to corral the boisterous crowd by unleashing downward-facing dogs.

The Spotala Palace Guard said...

We now have a term for the affluent liberals who have commandeered Democratic messaging as Progressives leave the party: Lululemons.

A lululemon is the type of person who actually believes they can win elections by framing stretch pant sizing as a feminist issue.

It's not just distraction.

If Democrats don't want rural evangelicals, we'll take them. Doesn't mean we don't support gay marriage. Just means we think people--white, black, brown, Asian, rich or poor--also have a right to their religious beliefs and speech. Tolerance is as tolerance does.

Lululemon Democrats want to talk about discrimination against their thighs and posture from their segregated enclaves that they are heirs of Martin Luther King.

Progressives will offer a unifying message of opposition to economic based discrimination. We will include even those who can't afford expensive leggings. We will invite the hatred of the elites.

Sun salutations, lulus. Bring it on.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but the "lulus" are playing right into "gay agenda" rhetoric. We had a good live and let live slogan "if you oppose gay marriage, don't marry a gay." Now lulus are blowing the marriage debate up into a gays versus Christianity smackdown. Earth to lulus: gay evangelical isn't an oxymoron.

Lulu Democrats aren't just hurting their party, they are harming their causes.