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“Raghead in the White House”: Senator Jake Knotts

June 4, 2010

Aww, isn’t South Carolina’s racist bigotry sweet?  According to Senator Jake Knotts, President Obama is a raghead:

During a visit Thursday to “Pub Politics,” an online political chat show hosted from a bar in Columbia, S.C., state senator Jake Knotts said: “We already got one raghead in the White House; we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion.” Haley’s parents are Sikhs of Indian descent; she has converted to Christianity but still attends Sikh religious ceremonies on occasion out of deference to her parents.

This is also his “term of endearment” for any non-white who runs a political race, which may also be influenced by her gender.

Apparently, according to Knott, the raghead comment was “lost in translation,” and just meant, as are all racial slurs, as “just a joke, right?”

As for Knotts, he has issued an apology for the “raghead” comment, claiming that it was “intended in jest” and that the “humorous content was lost in translation.” Though the “Pub Politics” show was webcast, hostWesley Donehue, a South Carolina political consultant, Tweeted that “technical issues” with prevented Knotts’ remark from being archived on the show’s site, so no video of it was immediately available. But he later Tweeted that he had his his own version, as yet unreleased. (To add to the insular, high-school nature of the campaign’s glorious disarray, Donehue was the person Folks accused of first peddling Folks-Haley rumors to the press, allegedly prompting Folks’ confession.)

As we all know, racial bigotry never caused any real harm, like perpetuating enslavement of people, killing innocents, hate crimes and killings, denying others basic human rights, right?  I mean, it’s never been serious, has it?  Oh, perhaps the Civil War is still the “War of Northern Aggression” to the elegant and appropriate Mr. Knotts?  Surely that was just all a misunderstanding, that big ole bad destruction of the “gentle life” of the white southern slave owner, huh?

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