Day: June 24, 2009

by Maco L. Faniel

Breaking news! Congress apologizes for slavery!

Yes, I said it right! Last week the U.S. House of Representatives issued what has been called an “unprecedented” apology for the institution of slavery and for the subsequent Jim Crow laws.

OK, Clap for a minute and do the Roger Rabbit. I’ll wait.

Your minute is up now.

Now to my analysis of this apology. SO WHAT! It’s great that congress can say “we are sorry” for an institution that many of them benefited from. But what does this apology really mean, what does it do?

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More tapes of former President Richard Nixon saying some crazy racist things about blacks and Jews popped up in the news Tuesday. The complaints about “the Jews” weren’t new ones. Nixon’s vehemence for all lox and Moses-lovers is legendary. He wasn’t too wild about blacks either, but hey, since every tape sheds a new light on why Pat Buchanan is totally wrong about his former boss being some great American wonder president, on these we learn that he was for abortion in cases of “black and white” couplings and … rape.

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Just a little note to let you all know how much I enjoy conversing with the readers on this site. I feel like we’ve developed such a rapport of creative and intelligent discourse here at The Snob (with a touch of snark) and the readers really make that work. Tuesday’s post on banning the burqa in France was proof that a conversation that could have easily devolved into a nightmare thread on another blog can end up being educational, provocative and interesting on all sides of the debate.

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Granny Snob, a woman who has fought poverty, stroke and cancer to remain the quick witted, incredible woman she is today, is a nearly pack-a-day smoker. While visiting us this weekend, a house filled with non-smokers, she got her smoke on in our basement and out on the patio with regularity. No one likes that she smokes. Everyone would love it if she quit (especially after beating back a stroke AND cancer), but she refuses.

She is also 81-years-old and honestly doesn’t give a crap what we think. Pass that lady her lighter and her Winstons!

While I don’t know if the president smokes Winstons (And goodness, I hope not. Those are some cragnasty ciggies.) I’m pretty sure if he asked nicely enough, Granny Snob would let him bum one of her cancer sticks. And she doesn’t share those things with ANYONE. But he is the president.

That said, why do reporters treat the president’s smoking like some tawdry secret? Everyone knows that he was a smoker. Everyone knows that he is trying to quit and that quitting is the hardest part. Everyone knows that cigarettes are bad for you, but what is up with this?

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