July 6, 2008

Helms Another View

Good post on the Helms legacy at Pam's House Blend, a Greensboro based blog. It picks up on some of my earlier themes but also focuses on Helms' racism and his conservative views. She uses some famous quotes from Helms to document his views. Warning, someof this is difficult to read and may seem shocking in these more tolerant (or politically correct) time.

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At 8:57 PM, Blogger Monticello said...

Actually her post is pretty sophomoric. You can ascribe the same quotes to Sen. Byrd in W.Va, who actually was a KKKer. As I grew p in the south and studied labor unions in college, it became obvious to me racism in NYC was far more advanced than that of Jesse Helms. Norman Lear's choice of the Queens resident Archie Bunker was no coincidence. The use of the "n" word was common among my Orange, NJ roommates in college, and my first encounter with "spic", "dego" and wetback came not from the south, but from Northern-born sailors living on base with my family.

"Pam" is typical of Southerner's who fail to recognize context in terms of history and who make themselves feel better by slamming their own heritage. Maybe she should visit Long Island and participate in the cultural diversity that is NY's liberal legacy!

Jesse was wrong in 1956, but so we many other American political leaders of that era; Northern, Southern, Midwestern, and Western.


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