Friday, June 4, 2010

Why Do We Tolerate a Jake Knotts in Public Office?

Thank you, South Carolina and Republican state Sen. Jake Knotts. You've introduced some people in America to another racial slur, one generally reserved for Arabs, Sikhs, and sometimes African-Americans too: "rag head." That's what you called your fellow Republican and female gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley who's leading in the South Carolina polls.

It's not surprising that the liberal website Think Progress told us you said that, but in addition, The State, a major South Carolina newspaper, confirmed your nastiness. According to reports, you said it Thursday on an Internet political talk show, PubPolitics.

“We already got one raghead in the White House,” Knotts said. “We don’t need another in the Governor’s Mansion.”

... Haley is in a four-way contest for governor. Knotts is a longtime ally of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who is also running for governor.

Apparently, Knotts has ignored the multiple debunking notes that state "President Barack Obama is not a Muslim" just as he's ignoring Haley's statements that she is a Christian. But that's a completely different post: What's wrong with being Muslim or a Sikh, Mr. Knotts? ... Please read full post at BlogHer.com

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