It’s one day after Barack Obama’s “More Perfect Union” speech... “a speech worthy of Abraham Lincoln,” according to that dear old, silly old Chris Matthews. So is America better off?
The right-wingers sure ain’t feeling that Obama love, I can tell you that. Newt Gingrich on Fox News last night said the speech “was really infuriating. The more I looked at it, the phonier it got.”
Now Rush Limbaugh says some conservatives are calling Obama’s address the “Throw Your Grandmother Under the Bus Speech.” (Rich Lowry at National Review Online started that one.)
They say it was in bad taste for Obama to publicly chide his own white grandmama for her occasional cringeworthy statements and stereotypical racial views... especially as a means of defending his closeness with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
To me, Obama was saying that none of us is without sin, while also making a point about the progress in racial attitudes over decades. It’s time to speak openly about such things.
In that spirit, let’s play a game... a game in which we share some of our own families’ dirty laundry.
Did your grandfather hate white people (as with my commenter Dragon Horse)? Did your aunt despise Jews?
Maybe your great-uncle was a Klansman. Or your mom talked around the supper table about how all gays should be shot.
Now is the moment to share it... here inside the non-judging walls of the House of Love. Go ahead... throw ’em under the bus!
I’ll start. I never knew my grandfather on my father’s side. He died soon after I was born. My grandfather was born in the late 1800s, a light-skinned colored man (“mulatto,” according to the U.S. census). We’re talking about a man from a different world.
Well, this item of information was shared within the family for laughs. But supposedly my grandfather used to say: “Don’t let a black nigger with purple gums bite you. They’re poisonous as a snake!”
See, that’s what I’m talking about. There had to be somebody in your family who said stuff like that. Come on... please share.