By Tony Hicks
Friday, January 11th, 2008 at 12:41 pm in Uncategorized.
I think I’m starting to figure out why liberals get such a bad rap.
I’m a fairly liberal guy. That said, it seems that there are some nuts out there who do nothing but sit around all day figuring out how they can be offended next.
Apparently you can’t say shuck-and-jive without being racist. At least New York politicians can’t. State attorney general Andrew Cuomo recently said it in describing candidates dodging the press. Of course, he’s a Clinton supporter, so some people immediately thought he was talking about Obama. Maybe he was, but I don’t think it was necessarily a race thing.
Then again, what do I know? I know I heard my white grandmother from Chicago say shuck-and-jive, at least once or twice. She was a jazz lover and I thought she was tremendously hip. Now it turns out she was a racist and I’d have to turn her in, if she wasn’t dead.
Can we still listen to the Bee Gees “Jive Talkin?'” I have that on CD somewere – I feel terrible.
I’m a middle class white male, so maybe I’m not best equipped to decide what’s racist and what’s not. Maybe I’m off-base in saying – even if the term “shuck and jive” originates from 19th century slave circles – that it’s not so bad. The meaning of terms certainly change over time. Even if it didn’t, I still don’t get what the problem is. If Cuomo said “bob and weave” instead, would boxers be offended?
But that wasn’t even close to being the most ridiculous thing to come out of PC land on Friday. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the Texas jailers of a man accused of killing and eating his girlfriend. They want the suspect to be on a vegatarian diet while in jail, to limit the senseless killing of animals.
We don’t know this guy even likes eating animals. He does, however, like eating humans. So I don’t see what PETA cares. Is there a People for Ethical Treatment of Humans out there? I know people in Texas are a little different. Do they feed prisoners humans?
I’m glad these intelligent, driven people are devoting their time to worthy battles, instead of trying to do some real good in this word.
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