Oh, Bradlee Dean. How I Love You.

Oh, Bradlee Dean. How I Love You. May 14, 2014

On Facebook the other day, weapons grade dumbass Bradlee Dean posted a picture that claims that the word “racism” was a “made up word” (aren’t all words made up?) invented by Leon Trotsky to “browbeat all dissenters of (sic) the communist ideology” and that it’s “still used to this day” to “shut down all nonconformists.”


You’re not a “nonconformist,” Bradlee, you’re a moron and a bigot. Have fun paying that $24,000 bill for the legal fees on the ridiculous lawsuit you filed. And good move hiring Larry Klayman, aka the Dumbest Laywer in America Not Named Mat Staver. And you’re also completely wrong on the origin of that word. The first recorded use of the term is from Richard Henry Pratt in opposition to segregation.

This is to be expected, of course. Bradlee Dean is wrong about practically everything. It’s what makes him so endlessly amusing. All of this led to this exchange on Twitter after a friend of mine challenged him on it. Dean posted a link to this article, which claims that a Russian word in something Trotsky wrote in 1930 translates as racist and anyone looking will “never find an earlier usage of the word “racist” than Trotsky’s coinage of the word here.” But that’s wrong. The word appears in English at least 28 years earlier, as the link above shows. So I tweeted that to Dean and much hilarity — and stupidity — ensues.

I imagine him sending out a desperate prayer.

Dean: Dear Jesus. Ed Brayton has proven me wrong about something. How shall I handle it?

Jesus: Bring up the devil.

Dean: Got it! That always works!

A little while later:

Dean: Crap, that didn’t work. What do I do now?

Jesus: Call him a communist to change the subject.

Dean: Great idea! That never fails!

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