Racism is Okay If It’s an ‘Honest Opinion’

A city councilwoman in La Marque, Texas has admitted to making seriously racist statements about members of the local school board. But that’s okay, she says, because she was just giving her “honest opinion” and “I don’t back down from that.”

A Texas city council member defended racist comments she made in a private conversation that was recorded.

Connie Trube, a two-term La Marque City Council member, made the comments while discussing the financial and academic troubles in the La Marque Independent School District with the husband of a political adversary, reported KPRC-TV.

“It’s not going to get any better until you get those blacks off the school board,” Trube says on the recording. “She really turned black. She got on the school board with the rest of the blacks and they all just ganged up and that’s why the school system has gone to hell.”

City officials have launched an investigation of the remarks, and Trube has so far resisted calls by residents and other elected officials for her resignation.

“What is on the tape is nothing more than me stating my honest opinion, and I don’t back down from that,” Trube said. “I never denied what was on the tape.”

Brilliant. “Yes I said racist things, but that’s okay because I am, in fact, a racist.”

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  • sundoga

    Well, I actually admire her courage of conviction. Doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be forced out and replaced like the ass-wipe bigot she is, of course.

  • freemage

    I certainly prefer the bigots who are honest enough to self-identify, compared to those who conceal it behind weasely dog-whistles and the like.

  • dingojack

    I’m sure all the signatories at the Wannsee Conference were genuinely of the opinion that the Jews needed to be exterminated – so it’s not really a crime against humanity, right?

    @@

    Dingo

  • Chris J

    If I’ve got this right…

    Racism is ok when it’s a seriously held belief. Nobody should feel bad about stating their honest opinions, even when those honest opinions are abhorrent. In this overly PC world, we should applaud those who stand on the strength of their convictions to say something that might be offensive.

    Racism is ok when it’s not a seriously held belief. They were just joking, or it was satire, or it was miscommunication of what is totally a valid and not abhorrent opinion. In this overly PC world, we should applaud those who refuse to let the possibility of offense stop them from speaking truth to… something.

    So when is Racism not ok? Because even racists understand that racism is bad, which is why they hate the label “racist” so much.

  • rationalinks

    I’m sure that this is just her firmly held religious belief. It’s not racism or homophobia if it’s your firmly held religious belief….ammirite?

    /snark

  • dugglebogey

    I’m kind of surprised she used the word “blacks.”

  • sundoga

    Even the scum of the earth are learning that the n-word doesn’t go down well with most people.

  • bmiller

    Ah, suburban Houston. One can only expect kindness and sensitivity from suburban Houston!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I WANT TO SAY THIS ABOUT MY STATE!!! WHEN CONNIE TRUBE RAN FOR CITY COUNCIL WE VOTED FOR HER!!! WERE PROUD OF IT!!! AND IF THE REST OF THE COUNTRY HAD FOLLOWED OUR LEAD WE WOULDNT HAVE HAD ALL THESE PROBLEMS OVER THE YEARS EITHER!!!

  • UnknownEric the Apostate

    It’s my honest opinion that she should step on Legos barefoot.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    I’m sure that if someone says something equally bigoted to her or her family, that it will be fine as long as it’s a sincerely held opinion.

  • Trebuchet

    Well, I actually admire her courage of conviction. Doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be forced out and replaced like the ass-wipe bigot she is, of course.

    A point of disagreement: Ass-wipe, AKA TP, is a useful product. Connie Trube, not so much.

  • dingojack

    MO – you want the whole of the US to vote Connie Trube on to your local council?!? Why that would be VOTER FRAUD!!! Oh wait, she a Republican isn’t she… never mind.

    Dingo

  • busterggi

    Saying ‘blacks’ instead of ‘negroes’ practically make her a progressive in Texas.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    UnknownEric the Apostate “It’s my honest opinion that she should step on Legos barefoot.”

    Why do you want her to step on the elf from Lord of the Rings?

  • Larry

    Honestly held opinions expressed publicly does not mean holding those opinions won’t have consequences.

    Fire the bitch.

  • sundoga

    Trebuchet, I stand corrected.

    I should have referred to what goes ON the ass-wipe.

  • scienceavenger

    She really turned black.

    From what? Do they think race is a choice too, just like Teh Gay?

    I think she got her gay slur defenses mxed up with her racist defenses. Gay bigotry is OK if its a sincerely held religious belief. Racist bigotry is when you were taken out of context.

  • John Pieret

    And if the honest opinion of the majority of the community is that you are a racist douchbag, they should not back down and, instead, see that your ass is fired, right?

  • colnago80

    Well, it’s my honest opinion that she’s white trash. Since it’s my honest opinion, it isn’t racist.

  • dhall

    She’s pretty darn fearless or dumb if she said that to “the husband of a political adversary” and expected no repercussions. Talk about giving your enemies a gift.

  • Jared Ragland

    Sincere > informed

    Do I have that right?

  • iangould

    “Brilliant. “Yes I said racist things, but that’s okay because I am, in fact, a racist.””

    No.

    No.

    No.

    She’s just talking about THOSE PARTICULAR blacks.

    I’m sure she has lots of black friends.

    They always do.

  • fmitchell

    Another member of the Cult of Opinion. Once you’ve stated your opinion, it’s immune to criticism because reasons. Anyone who criticizes you is censoring your opinion, and you must harass them into silence.

  • NitricAcid

    I stepped on the elf from my kids’ toy set, and it broke. Now I have a legless Lego Legolas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611455454 David Hart

    Freemage@2:

    I certainly prefer the bigots who are honest enough to self-identify, compared to those who conceal it behind weasely dog-whistles and the like.

    I’m not so sure. At least the weasely dog-whistlers have the presence of mind to realise that their position is embarrassing. They’re kind of a back-handed sign of progress.

  • dingojack

    Firstly, I’m sure she didn’t mean to say ‘blacks’, she actually meant ‘thugs’ (*wink, wink*)

    Secondly, I thought Legolas is the Anglo-Saxon for ‘without LEGO’ [/obscure AS linguistic joke]

    Dingo

  • caseloweraz

    NitricAcid: I stepped on the elf from my kids’ toy set, and it broke. Now I have a legless Lego Legolas.

    You’d better leg it to the store — assuming what you said is legit.

  • busterggi

    I’m pretty sure Lego Lass is a member of the Legion of Superfluous Heroes.

  • freehand

    NitricAcid: I stepped on the elf from my kids’ toy set, and it broke. Now I have a legless Lego Legolas.

    .

    Dad, is that you?

    .

    After you left, I picked up the pieces.

    Then Sis grabbed me and shouted “Leggo the legless Lego Legolas, ass!”

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “legless Lego Legolas”

    I pick him up an’ me wan’ go home!

    I get some super glue an’ fix him fast,

    no mo’ legless Lego Legolas.

    Connie’s not racist. Neither are these guys.

    http://onmilwaukee.com/bars/articles/nomadfavelaworldcup.html

    Connie’s an idiot as well as a bigot and that’s a firmly held belief, one that appears to shared with the powers-that-be in La Marque:

    http://www.galvestondailynews.com/news/local_news/article_13d81292-eac7-11e3-b011-001a4bcf6878.html