First Lady Michelle Obama gave a commencement speech in Topeka, Kansas, the school district that was the subject of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v Board of Education. Unsurprisingly, she mentioned that ruling and the good that desegregation had done. That was enough to send Selwyn Duke into a total hissy fit.
Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco – and Michelle Obama left her brain in 1954.
Addressing graduating high-school students the other day in the Topeka, Kansas, school district, the federal lunch lady said, referring to the Brown v. Board of Education decision, “[Y]our experience here in Topeka would have been unimaginable back in 1954….” And perhaps this is true.
It also would have been unimaginable back in 1554 or 954. After all, the institutions making that experience possible hadn’t been birthed yet.
You know, those institutions created by European/ European-descent civilization.
That civilization that Darth Vegan is tacitly impugning with her racial agitation.
The point is that if you’re going to talk about the past, don’t tendentiously cherry-pick it for destructive ideological purposes. It’s much as discussion about slavery. Not only is the focus always on the less than one percent of the history of slavery that was written in the US (it’s one of the world’s oldest institutions), but the most significant point is missed: Whites were not the first to practice slavery.
But they were the first to abolish it.
If some take offense at this, they can pound sand. I take offense at the constant derision aimed at my civilization by critics who should get down on their knees, kiss the ground trod by our ancestors and thank God for our civilization’s existence.
Okay, let’s not mince words: Selwyn Duke is a weapons-grade moron. What else is there to say? This is the same guy who, just a few months ago, talked about the “supposedly racist” apartheid regime in South Africa and its “so-called crimes” against black people. He also thinks states should secede over gay rights. The lesson, as always: There is no limit to how stupid, irrational or bigoted you can be while still being taken seriously by the right wing.