Breaking News: Tamara Scott Remains Breathtakingly Stupid

On the old SNL Weekend Update, Chevy Chase used to announce at the end of every broadcast that Generalissimo Franco was still dead. My version: Republican National Committee member Tamara Scott is still incredibly clueless. Just listen to this nonsense from her radio show:

The Charleston shooting, Scott said, is “being hijacked to a racial issue.” Her interviewee, South Carolina pastor Brad Atkins — the state head of the American Family Association’s American Renewal Project who led the planning of Gov. Nikki Haley’s “The Response” prayer rally last month — agreed, saying the victims “lost their lives primarily not because they were black and the killer was white, but because they were gathered together at the church.”

“There really was no debate” about the flag, Atkins said, up until the “secular media” used it as a distraction from the fact that the shooting actually “happened because of a lack of Christian influence in society.” …

She repeated her point that the shooting in a black church by a gunman with white supremacist views who specifically stated his desire to start a race war wasn’t as much a “racial issue” as an attack on religion. The Charleston shooting, she said, is “being made into more of a racial issue than it was,” when the shooter “could have gone anywhere – mall, sporting event, anywhere — and shot a race of people, but this was in a house of worship.”

How is it possible for someone to make that claim with a straight face? The murderer said quite plainly that he targeted the victims in that church because he hates black people and was trying to start a race war. There is not one word in his manifesto explaining why he did it that even mentions Christianity. And yet people like Scott and Atkins can, with a completely straight face, pretend otherwise. It’s kind of mind-boggling that someone could be that disconnected with reality.

Scott then accused the Confederate flag’s critics of turning a symbol of “fun” into something divisive.

“Creating this stir about the flag now forces dialogue that I think had died out decades ago,” she said. “It starts the divide all over again in younger generations that otherwise would have had absolutely no ill feelings on this flag. For this generation that I know, it was a symbol of Dukes of Hazzard and fun and a culture of the South. So I hate this dialogue that has started that has created a new generation of divisiveness.”

*headdesk* This woman is on the Republican National Committee, for crying out loud. And that’s where she belongs, really.

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  • Jared James

    “Divisive” is the new audible-to-humans dog whistle that means “the President is BLAAAAACK! BLACK BLACK BLACKITY BLACK.”

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    What a fun game!

    the victims “lost their lives primarily not because they were black and the killer was white, but because solid projectiles with high relative velocity ripped through their bodies causing extensive body damage both histologically and with respect to organs.”

    But wait, there’s more!

    “There really was no debate” about combustion’s role as a motivating force, Atkins said, up until the “Newtonist media” used it as a distraction from the fact that the shooting actually “happened because of a large number of collisions of smaller projectiles that all tended to push the larger, lethal projectiles in one direction, in essence a lack of 3-dimensional freedom for barrel-contained bullets in society.”

    Freedom! Won’t someone think of the poor, dimensionally-constrained bullets?!?

  • Al Dente

    Won’t someone think of the poor, dimensionally-constrained bullets?!?

    That is a feature, not a bug. I suppose next you’ll be demanding that red-shirted ensigns be given a different color uniform to improve their survival rate.

  • Al Dente

    Won’t someone think of the poor, dimensionally-constrained bullets?!?

    That is a feature, not a bug. I suppose next you’ll be demanding that red-shirted ensigns be given a different color uniform to improve their survival rate.

  • tfkreference

    I suppose he could have gone to an NBA locker room – no, he might have shot the coach or owner by mistake.

  • StevoR

    @1. Jared James : I thought that song :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC0eBiw6lg8

    went BLACK BETTY BAM BELAAM BAM BELAAM! but .. Oh wait you’re not taking about the song are you?

    PIty , so much better than that horrible whistling noise supposed to be audiable to dogs but y’know I think they can hear that damn racket on Pluto ..

    How is it possible for someone to make that claim with a straight face? The murderer said quite plainly that he targeted the victims in that church because he hates black people and was trying to start a race war. There is not one word in his manifesto explaining why he did it that even mentions Christianity.

    Quoted for truth. ^ That. So. Very. Much. That.

  • StevoR

    @1. Jared James : I thought that song :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC0eBiw6lg8

    went BLACK BETTY BAM BELAAM BAM BELAAM! but .. Oh wait you’re not taking about the song are you?

    PIty , so much better than that horrible whistling noise supposed to be audiable to dogs but y’know I think they can hear that damn racket on Pluto ..

    How is it possible for someone to make that claim with a straight face? The murderer said quite plainly that he targeted the victims in that church because he hates black people and was trying to start a race war. There is not one word in his manifesto explaining why he did it that even mentions Christianity.

    Quoted for truth. ^ That. So. Very. Much. That.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Just remember to keep calling it a terrorist banner, the symbol of lynchings, cross burnings, etc.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Just remember to keep calling it a terrorist banner, the symbol of lynchings, cross burnings, etc.

  • colnago80

    The Newtonist media? What the fuck does Isaac Newton have to do with any of this?

  • colnago80

    The Newtonist media? What the fuck does Isaac Newton have to do with any of this?

  • Johnny Vector

    Whoooosh!

  • dingojack

    SLC — no, no, no! FIG Newtons! It’s kinda like the hoary ol’ Twinkie Defence, but much, much lower calibre (so to speak).

    @@

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    SLC — no, no, no! FIG Newtons! It’s kinda like the hoary ol’ Twinkie Defence, but much, much lower calibre (so to speak).

    @@

    Dingo

  • Erp

    Given that the shooter was a member of a Christian congregation, St Paul’s Lutheran (ELCA), the claim is even more odd. The ELCA people I know are shaken that one of their own was responsible, but, they aren’t disclaiming the connection.

  • Erp

    Given that the shooter was a member of a Christian congregation, St Paul’s Lutheran (ELCA), the claim is even more odd. The ELCA people I know are shaken that one of their own was responsible, but, they aren’t disclaiming the connection.

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

    Look, if we’re honest we have to admit that there’s no way we can truly know why he did it. Aside from his hatred of Christianity, that is.

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

    Look, if we’re honest we have to admit that there’s no way we can truly know why he did it. Aside from his hatred of Christianity, that is.

  • Synfandel

    …the shooting actually “happened because of a lack of Christian influence in society.”

    Because, of course, Christianity condemns murder. By that logic, the shooting also happened because of a lack of Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Jainist, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Confucian, Sikh, Taoist, Wiccan, Secular Humanist, and Atheist influence in society.

    …it was a symbol of Dukes of Hazzard and fun and a culture of the South.

    Especially the good, clean fun of slavery. Bring the whole family. Your kids will delight in the oppression, torture, degradation, rape, dehumanization, and denial of the basic necessities of life.

  • Synfandel

    …the shooting actually “happened because of a lack of Christian influence in society.”

    Because, of course, Christianity condemns murder. By that logic, the shooting also happened because of a lack of Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Jainist, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Confucian, Sikh, Taoist, Wiccan, Secular Humanist, and Atheist influence in society.

    …it was a symbol of Dukes of Hazzard and fun and a culture of the South.

    Especially the good, clean fun of slavery. Bring the whole family. Your kids will delight in the oppression, torture, degradation, rape, dehumanization, and denial of the basic necessities of life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kitwalker1990 chriswalker

    My family and I watched “Selma” last night, and there’s a part at the end of the movie where they switch from movie footage to actual archival footage of the successful march to Selma. This includes the people on the side of road who came out to show their opposition to marchers. I’m going to give you one guess as to what flags those people were proudly waving.

    “Symbol of fun” my ass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kitwalker1990 chriswalker

    My family and I watched “Selma” last night, and there’s a part at the end of the movie where they switch from movie footage to actual archival footage of the successful march to Selma. This includes the people on the side of road who came out to show their opposition to marchers. I’m going to give you one guess as to what flags those people were proudly waving.

    “Symbol of fun” my ass.

  • grumpyoldfart

    It’s kind of mind-boggling

    Americans talking bullshit? Not mind boggling at all.

  • coffeehound

    And in other news, 3 African Americans were shot by a white supremacist in the subway. Tamara Scott is on record decrying the shooters hatred for subways…/sarc

  • coffeehound

    And in other news, 3 African Americans were shot by a white supremacist in the subway. Tamara Scott is on record decrying the shooters hatred for subways…/sarc

  • kimberlyherbert

    I noticed that the autotrader commercials using the Bo and Luke characters in their car don’t refer to it as General Lee and the flag is not painted on the roof. I haven’t even seen the commercial since shortly after the shooting. Seems they pulled the commercials very quickly.

  • kimberlyherbert

    I noticed that the autotrader commercials using the Bo and Luke characters in their car don’t refer to it as General Lee and the flag is not painted on the roof. I haven’t even seen the commercial since shortly after the shooting. Seems they pulled the commercials very quickly.

  • John Pieret

    The Charleston shooting, Scott said, is “being hijacked … because they were gathered together at the church.”

    FTFY.

  • John Pieret

    The Charleston shooting, Scott said, is “being hijacked … because they were gathered together at the church.”

    FTFY.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    They’ve got a nasty dilemma,which is what produces the ludicrous excuses. If they acknowledge that it was about racism, then they’d have to acknowledge that racism is real. Which means that they’d have to speak out against it, but then they’d lose a major portion of their constituency who are racist and are quietly applauding what Roof did. They have to say something and something massively stupid is better than something that would be political suicide.

    That, of course, leaves off the fact that it would a much better world if saying something massively stupid was political suicide. But then, if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    They’ve got a nasty dilemma,which is what produces the ludicrous excuses. If they acknowledge that it was about racism, then they’d have to acknowledge that racism is real. Which means that they’d have to speak out against it, but then they’d lose a major portion of their constituency who are racist and are quietly applauding what Roof did. They have to say something and something massively stupid is better than something that would be political suicide.

    That, of course, leaves off the fact that it would a much better world if saying something massively stupid was political suicide. But then, if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.

  • Steve Morrison

    Ahh, those Republicans are so gullible! They think we’re using the Confederate flag issue as a distraction from the fact that the shooting actually happened because of a lack of Christian influences in society, when we’re actually using it as an obvious distraction from Benghazi! [cackles]

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    A symbol of fun? I think I’m having a brain aneurysm from reading something so stupid.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    A symbol of fun? I think I’m having a brain aneurysm from reading something so stupid.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    chriswalker,

    Go forward 22 years to Forsyth County, Ga., when some 20,000-plus participated in a civil rights march. Plus some 6,000 counter-deonstrators, many of whom had raided their wives’s linen closets..

    The photo that follows shows the U.S. flag being held by a marcher. At least two Confederate flags. This is only a tiny portion of the route in downtown Cumming, Ga. Yes.

    The most vivid memory for me was a Klansidiot who was holding a toddler of about 2 1/2 dressed in full mini-Klan dress, complete with pointy hat. There were quite a few Confederate flags among the Klansidiots.

    https://poetryprocess.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/cumming1.jpg

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    chriswalker,

    Go forward 22 years to Forsyth County, Ga., when some 20,000-plus participated in a civil rights march. Plus some 6,000 counter-deonstrators, many of whom had raided their wives’s linen closets..

    The photo that follows shows the U.S. flag being held by a marcher. At least two Confederate flags. This is only a tiny portion of the route in downtown Cumming, Ga. Yes.

    The most vivid memory for me was a Klansidiot who was holding a toddler of about 2 1/2 dressed in full mini-Klan dress, complete with pointy hat. There were quite a few Confederate flags among the Klansidiots.

    https://poetryprocess.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/cumming1.jpg

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

    sigurd jorsalfar “A symbol of fun?”

    Obviously. They flew it at fairs all across the South, where they celebrated fun traditions like deep frying things, live bands, and chattel slavery.

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

    sigurd jorsalfar “A symbol of fun?”

    Obviously. They flew it at fairs all across the South, where they celebrated fun traditions like deep frying things, live bands, and chattel slavery.

  • John Pieret

    If the Dukes of Hazzard is the best argument you can come up with, you’ve already lost.

  • eamick

    As for the “there really was no debate” business, that’s total nonsense. The flag was where it was because a previous attempt to remove it from the statehouse failed. It had flown on the capitol dome before it was at ground level.

  • eamick

    As for the “there really was no debate” business, that’s total nonsense. The flag was where it was because a previous attempt to remove it from the statehouse failed. It had flown on the capitol dome before it was at ground level.

  • StevoR

    it was a symbol of Dukes of Hazzard and fun ..

    Er, other way round I think, the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ was a fun, silly TV show that adopted the symbol on the car and gave it a name that a lot of people watching the show – certainly me as a kid – had no idea of the meaning of & just took as the name of the car. Using a symbol *in* a show doesn’t make that *the* shows symbol. Its kinda a separate thing entirely from flying the flag on government buildings and using it as a symbol of racist and literally anti-American hate. Associated with the show vaguely maybe but the symbol of the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ would more be that orange car.

    I’ll admit that show was a guilty pleasure of mine -the movie too – but I think maybe its time for a new reboot of it.

    One where a black woman driver becomes the new hero and maybe paints over that flag with a US one and renames the orange car plus modernises it and goes on to still fight the bad guys, drive like a demon and triumph over evil and racist and sexist Boss Hoggs. Reckon that idea could actually be quite interesting and fun in a lot of other ways. (Incl. trolling the racists and MRA’s like the recent ‘Mad Max’ .. )

  • StevoR

    it was a symbol of Dukes of Hazzard and fun ..

    Er, other way round I think, the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ was a fun, silly TV show that adopted the symbol on the car and gave it a name that a lot of people watching the show – certainly me as a kid – had no idea of the meaning of & just took as the name of the car. Using a symbol *in* a show doesn’t make that *the* shows symbol. Its kinda a separate thing entirely from flying the flag on government buildings and using it as a symbol of racist and literally anti-American hate. Associated with the show vaguely maybe but the symbol of the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ would more be that orange car.

    I’ll admit that show was a guilty pleasure of mine -the movie too – but I think maybe its time for a new reboot of it.

    One where a black woman driver becomes the new hero and maybe paints over that flag with a US one and renames the orange car plus modernises it and goes on to still fight the bad guys, drive like a demon and triumph over evil and racist and sexist Boss Hoggs. Reckon that idea could actually be quite interesting and fun in a lot of other ways. (Incl. trolling the racists and MRA’s like the recent ‘Mad Max’ .. )

  • lorn

    sigurd jorsalfar @ 20:

    “A symbol of fun? I think I’m having a brain aneurysm from reading something so stupid.”

    Massive +1 on that point. You nailed it.

    As a person who has lived in the south for most of my life, most of the remainder overseas, I don’t associate the confederate battle flag with “fun”. In fact “fun” wouldn’t be in the first one thousand words I might use to describe that flag, and my feelings toward it. There just isn’t anything “fun” about it, its history, its meaning, what it is associated with, who tends to fly it. It is a flag dipped in blood, expressing the suffering of slow torture, murder, bigotry, bullying thuggery, unremitting hate that would rather destroy everything to avoid giving an inch, wounded pride driving a lust for destruction.

  • lorn

    sigurd jorsalfar @ 20:

    “A symbol of fun? I think I’m having a brain aneurysm from reading something so stupid.”

    Massive +1 on that point. You nailed it.

    As a person who has lived in the south for most of my life, most of the remainder overseas, I don’t associate the confederate battle flag with “fun”. In fact “fun” wouldn’t be in the first one thousand words I might use to describe that flag, and my feelings toward it. There just isn’t anything “fun” about it, its history, its meaning, what it is associated with, who tends to fly it. It is a flag dipped in blood, expressing the suffering of slow torture, murder, bigotry, bullying thuggery, unremitting hate that would rather destroy everything to avoid giving an inch, wounded pride driving a lust for destruction.

  • Anri

    This sort of thing makes me want to ask Ms. Scott what the shooter would have had to have said to make it, in her opinion, a racially motivated crime?

    It could be a fun game if she actually played along: she names something blatantly racist, a quick google search shows exactly when he said something like that, she tries again, and he said that too, and so forth…

  • Anri

    This sort of thing makes me want to ask Ms. Scott what the shooter would have had to have said to make it, in her opinion, a racially motivated crime?

    It could be a fun game if she actually played along: she names something blatantly racist, a quick google search shows exactly when he said something like that, she tries again, and he said that too, and so forth…

  • eric

    Creating this stir about the flag now forces dialogue that I think had died out decades ago

    She’s right, that dialogue did die out…between about 1870 and 1960. Then southern racists made it part of the national dialogue again.

  • eric

    Creating this stir about the flag now forces dialogue that I think had died out decades ago

    She’s right, that dialogue did die out…between about 1870 and 1960. Then southern racists made it part of the national dialogue again.