Monday, September 25, 2006

Oh Boy

Another day, another article about whether George Allen is a racist. This time it's from Salon.

Three former college football teammates of Sen. George Allen say that the Virginia Republican repeatedly used an inflammatory racial epithet and demonstrated racist attitudes toward blacks during the early 1970s.

"Allen said he came to Virginia because he wanted to play football in a place where 'blacks knew their place,'" said Dr. Ken Shelton, a white radiologist in North Carolina who played tight end for the University of Virginia football team when Allen was quarterback. "He used the N-word on a regular basis back then."

A second white teammate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he feared retribution from the Allen campaign, separately claimed that Allen used the word "nigger" to describe blacks. "It was so common with George when he was among his white friends. This is the terminology he used," the teammate said.

A third white teammate contacted separately, who also spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of being attacked by the Virginia senator, said he too remembers Allen using the word "nigger," though he said he could not recall a specific conversation in which Allen used the term. "My impression of him was that he was a racist," the third teammate said.

Our opinion on this is that Allen may or may not have used the "n word" in college, and whether he did or not shouldn't be an issue. Just like W.'s heavy partying in college shouldn't have been. "Youthful indescretions" as they say.

But the fact is whether he did or not isn't the issue. There is a slew of documentation about this guys racial insensitivities. From macaca, to being against MLK Day, to having a noose in his office, to his unadulterated love for the stars and bars, this is just icing on the cake. Not good news for George Felix Allen


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only question now is how brown is his toast (and does he have a special word for it), because that's what he's become.

1:43 PM  

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