“I’m going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button.” -Republican Congressman Geoff Davis
Many have repeated this but I will insist again... RACISM is ALIVE and well.
While most of my peers, sometimes categorized as "Generation Y," were not alive during Jim Crow and were babies during periods like the Reagan administrations, where the black community was so blatantly vilified, most of us young black folks pick up on those subtle not so subtle gestures that are drenched in racism.
So it should come as no surprise to anyone that I was bothered... better yet flat out PISSED OFF to find out when I hear about Congressman Geoff Davis referring Senator Obama as a "boy."
He made quick work of apologizing for the misstep, but REALLY?!
According to Wikipedia Congressman Davis is only about 3 years older than Senator Obama, so it couldn't have been about his AGE!
Let's be real people! That is flat out disrespectful and I am not about to sit here an accept that nonsense apology.
To think, Senators Clinton and McCain could really drag the "bitter" comment out, but Congressman Davis gets a PASS?! (And the peanut gallery will say "But he's not running for President.") But he's attacking someone who IS.
His critiques of Senator Obama could have been left as is, if not for the "misspeaking."
They made personal taunts at Senator Clinton as well:
Back at the dinner, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton didn’t escape the men’s attention either. While saying her candidacy seemed to be teetering on the brink, he added “I hear she hasn’t been this worried since a new Hooters opened near her home with former President Bill Clinton."
Everybody laughed, according to Ryan Alessi, political reporter for the Herald-Leader.
It's clear they were out to roast folks and were stupid enough to think no one was listening.
A few people were. For some reason I wish there were more; even if I have no clue what difference it would make.