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Comment Of The Day: White-washing Helms

On The
Plank, Jonathan Chait chides conservatives for trying to white-wash the civil-rights record of the late Jesse Helms. Commenter
DawnCandace adds a bit of fire to Chait's fury:

Here, here Chait. After Helm's death I was very dismayed by the white
washed eulogies published in various media outlets and given by many
republicans. Everyone seemed to be praising this man as a fine public servant
who was dedicated to freedom. Such blatant bull crap! Jesse Helms was an
lifelong racist and bigot who was opposed to the principles of freedom. If he
had his way, people like me (read black women) would still be relegated to
working as washerwomen and mammies and would have no access to education and
advancement. I don't think that speaking the truth is speaking ill of the dead.
I rather people be honest rather than put forth outright lies. Perhaps such a
policy would further encourage people to lead exemplary lives worthy of praise
once they die rather than to spend their days working for the cause of hatred
and division.

--The Editors 

 

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