Wednesday, January 17, 2007

More on Hargrove, hater of Jews

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has its way with Frank Hargrove

During debate regarding official apologies for slavery, Frank Hargrove, a Republican delegate from Hanover, asked:

"Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ?"

Hargrove is a decent man, but his words suggest how easily 2,000 years of indefensible attitudes can burst out of the West's subconscious. Despite urging African-Americans to "get over it" and reminding them that "we're living in 2007," Hargrove repeated a slur that not only dates to ancient times but that has tainted Christianity for centuries. Today's embarrassing anachronism was yesterday's incitement to hate. {This is a wonderful bit of irony I missed: Hargrove would like black people to get past slavery, but he, himself, can't get past the old slur about us being Christ-killers. - DB}

Hargrove's insult came shortly after Virgil Goode, a Republican representing Virginia's 5th Congressional District, made national headlines with his over-the-top swipes at Muslims, Islam, and the Quran.

Last year George Allen had his macaca moment.

If the Republican Party does not enjoy the world's greatest reputation among the nation's and the state's minorities, then there is a reason. {Hint: It's not because liberals control the media - DB}

Thanks to the very great Chrlie Hall for bringing this editorial to my attention.

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