Ladies and Gentlemen, the Dumbest Tweet Ever

We’ve seen some truly ridiculous things said about the murder of nine people at an historical black church in Charleston, South Carolina, but two tweets from Miami Herald columnist AJ Delgado have to win some sort of award for sheer stupidity. Her account has now been deleted, so here are the screenshots. The first one:

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Yeah, that damn media trying to “run a racial angle” when a white supremacist, who couldn’t look any more white if he were Opie Taylor with a mullet wearing all polyester and eating a mayonnaise sandwich while listening to Hank Williams Jr., shoots up a black church. But she seems to think that’s an incredibly rare event:

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Did you study American history at all? In 1963, there were four terrorist attacks on black churches in Birmingham, Alabama — so many that they began to refer to it as Bombingham. Attacking black churches has been a staple of white supremacist terrorism for decades. How can someone be this fucking stupid and get a job as a newspaper columnist? I’m asking you, Chuck Norris.

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  • http://www.electricminstrel.com Brett McCoy

    Let us not forget the recent Sikh temple shooting, also by a white supremacist. Guess she forgot about that also

  • Dexeron

    She posted a sort of semi-apology “clarification” thing at http://aj-delgado.com/2015/06/18/a-clarification/

    She’s trying to claim that what she said was “distorted.” Yeah, I think what she said is pretty damn clear.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    To be fair, I’m not seeing a white male either. But that’s because my monitor is on the fritz. Who knew that white supremacist were so green or purple depending on their location on my screen?

    Also which is whiter, the salad-bowl hair cut or a mullet? I have to say the mullet is more aggressively white, but the salad-bowl hair cut is just as white, but it a more pathetic way.

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

    To be fair, it’s Florida. It’s tough to watch the coverage through the haze from all those meth factory explosions.*

     

    * Dibs on dance band name!

  • Larry

    Yeah, I remember when bowl cuts, or, as we referred to them, the Full Moe Howard, used to be popular amongst the 60’s black radicals. It sort of became their signature. And don’t get me started on how ridiculous they looked on the stars in the old ABA, guys like Dr. J, Artist Gilmore, and others. Nearly ruined their careers.

    I can see how Delgado was confused.

  • scienceavenger

    What is it with Teatards and random scare quotes? Does she think “white supremicist” is some term the PC left made up?

  • dugglebogey

    The twitter handle @AJDelgado13 makes me think they said something stupid and had to delete their account 12 times before.

  • Larry

    meth factory explosions

    * Dibs on dance band name!

    I’m envisioning their playlist even now, Modus.

    Crystal Blue Persuasion

    Rock Me Gently

    Eight Miles High

    Ice, Ice, Baby

  • Alverant

    Never say “dumbest tweet ever”! Someone will see it as a challenge!

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    From her clarification (Linked at (2 Dexeron)

    This morning I woke up to news that a white supremacist had murdered several innocent individuals inside a South Carolina church. Rather than rush to comment before having facts or an ID of the suspect, based on the grainy surveillance photo, I cautioned that we did not yet know the race of the suspect, who could very well be black or Hispanic such as myself.

    Actually, in the tweet she’s clarifying, she said “this guy doesn’t like white”

    So, this is the the grainy surveillance photo of the guy who “doesn’t look white,” but “very well could be black or Hispanic”

    http://tinyurl.com/q2hll7w

    That guy doesn’t look white, but could very well be black? :O

    I suppose he could be Hispanic, but we already knew from the victim who was spared that the shooter said: “you rape our women you’re taking over our country”

    Sounds more like Donald Trump talking about Mexicans. Maybe it was Donald Trump and he thought he was in an historically Mexican church.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Technically, of course, Dylann Roof’s skin as shown in media pictures qualifies as a light beige: English does not have a word to describe untanned “Caucasian” skin coloration.

    AJ Delgado notes correctly that we cannot characterize Roof as an albino.

  • tmscott

    @11Pierce – Perhaps we could borrow from Procul Harum and just call him a. “whiter shade of pale”?

  • CJO, egregious by any standard

    English does not have a word to describe untanned “Caucasian” skin coloration.

    A (white) Anthropology professor I had in college suggested “swine pink”.

  • raven

    English does not have a word to describe untanned “Caucasian” skin coloration.

    So she is right. He isn’t white. Or green, or purple. Whoever said Delgado was dumb needs to walk it back.

    Delgado and Roof are both pinkish tan like a lot of European derived citizens.

  • Numenaster

    @Larry #8: Don’t forget Steely Dan’s “Time Out of Mind”.

  • frankgturner

    I could kind of understand if Dylann Roof were “mixed” (like Saul Hudson) or an albino African American or a dark skinned Caucasian. Sometimes the features give a person’s genetic heritage away. (There is a grocery store nearby me with a “black” woman who has albinism and it is painfully obvious from her features what her genetic heritage is).

    .

    Then again no one is really “pure” blooded nowadays. That and, well Dylann Roof does not have features that indicate “black” heritage and his skin is pale. So I would have turned to her and said, “what the hell are you talking about?” I wonder if she identified the wrong person as Roof when watching some program.

  • teele

    Ms. Delgado said: ” I cautioned that we did not yet know the race of the suspect, who could very well be black or Hispanic such as myself.”

    Sorry, am I the only one here who isn’t seeing Ms. Delgado’s photo as a picture of a black or Hispanic woman? I’ll wait until the facts are known…

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    If stupid was an Olympic event, she’d take the Gold.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    teele — Nope. What I see there is a blond-haired white woman who’s paler than I am.

  • tfkreference

    I heard a black comic do a bit about how white people are purple when they’re born, pink when they’re young, spend time in the sun getting tan or red, and a few more examples, and then finishes with, “…and they call ME colored.”

  • blf

    I can’t help but be reminded of the scene in Cry Freedom where Steve Biko was on trial in apartheid South Africa in the 1970s:

    JUDGE: Why do you people call yourselves black? You look more brown than black.

    STEVE BIKO: Why do you call yourselves white? You look more pink than white.

  • Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y

    If stupid was an Olympic event, she’d take the Gold.

    And then chew on it.