Thursday, November 03, 2005

Pancakes, Long-Grain Rice, and Hydrox

I have been asked my opinion about this. My first reaction is that it is so obviously offensive to people of common decency that the story should be given wider distribution.

My second reaction is to repeat my assertion that everyone wants to be Rosa Parks or Jackie Robinson. There are some, however, who end up like Jesse Owens or Sammy Davis, Jr. -- controversial and mistrusted, with their accomplishments forever tainted.

5 Comments:

Blogger Derek Jensen said...

Why is Sammy Davis Jr. controversial and mistrusted? Did he have Communist sympathies?

Was it because he had a white wife? Or because he was Jewish? A combination of all three?

November 03, 2005 4:13 PM  
Blogger Derek Jensen said...

From Neal Boortz today:

Other than Bill and Hillary, just who were the featured luminaries at the funeral of Rosa Parks yesterday? Why, none other than race pimps Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton! Fifty years after Rosa Parks made her stand on that bus in Montgomery, Alabama this is the best we can do?

November 03, 2005 4:43 PM  
Blogger Mayor of Tommyville said...

What's wrong with being controversial? Pushing on the edge is where all the real work gets done-as long as your pushing in the right direction. The trap laid out for the non-controversial leads to the bondage of appeasment.

November 03, 2005 8:11 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Jesse Owens endorsed Republicans. Sammy embraced and endorsed Richard Nixon.

FDR, like his chief executive counterpart who hosted the Olympics, would not shake hands with Jesse Owens.

After Sammy endorsed JFK, he was not invited to the White House because he had a white wife.

November 04, 2005 7:43 AM  
Blogger Derek Jensen said...

Nixon met with Sammy Davis Jr on July 1, 1971, and convinced the post-Rat-Pack entertainer that he was not the racist bigot he was later revealed to be.

Davis agreed to host a TV special against drugs, to be sponsored in large part by the Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical company. Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs officials even wrote up some suggested sketches for Davis, including a Laugh-In style film called Pot Is a Put-On.

In the end, however, all these plans fell through, and all President Nixon got from Sammy Davis Jr was a televised embrace at the 1972 Republican National Convention.

November 04, 2005 12:38 PM  

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