Sgt. Rutledge, Racism and election 2012

by Datechguy | January 18th, 2012

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Sgt. Rutledge, Racism and election 2012

Sgt. Matthew Luke Skid­more: Now lis­ten to me Braks and hear me well. You told me your­self that you did that awful thing I wouldn’t believe it, but Braks, why did you run away?

Sgt. Brax­ton Rut­ledge: Because I walked into some­thing none of us can fight…White woman business!

Sgt. Rut­ledge 1960

The Waco Kid: Hey Boys, look what I got here

Sher­iff Bart: Hey where are the White Women at?

Blaz­ing Sad­dles 1974

Today on Gran­ite Grok there is a story on the occu­pod smoke bomb that was thrown at the White house. This quote caught my eye:

You know, I think this might be racism? Attack­ing the home of a black man and his fam­ily. Where’s Bill Mahr, Janeane Garo­falo, hell the entire stenog­ra­pher media, (and the NH Dead Peo­ple Party) to dis­avow this uncivil act of racial prejudice?

Wait. My bad. They can’t feign out­rage because they are prob­a­bly all too busy hold­ing a moment of silence like the one in honor of the guy who may have shot at the White house.

I found this an inter­est­ing because the NYT and Jessie Jack­son are going on about racist repub­li­cans again.

Note that polit­i­cally oppos­ing this pres­i­dent is racism, but throw­ing smoke bombs or shoot­ing at a White House occu­pied by a black pres­i­dent, no worries.

Of course when it comes to racial dou­ble stan­dards all of this is small pota­toes next to the events of Octo­ber past.

You might remem­ber a time when a black fel­low by the name of Her­man Cain was not only lead­ing the field, but was dri­ving the debate in a direc­tion of a sim­pli­fied trans­par­ent tax plan.

That could not be. If the GOP fron­trun­ner is a black man who grew up in the seg­re­gated south the entire nar­ra­tive is threatened.

Peo­ple won­der why Her­man Cain dropped out of the pres­i­den­tial race. Why didn’t he stand and fight? I won­dered it myself. It wasn’t until I watched Sgt. Rut­ledge and remem­bered the gen­er­a­tion that Mr. Cain was born into that I really understood.

1st Sgt. Brax­ton Rut­ledge: Any­one come, you ain’t gonna be in here with me.

Mary Beecher: What are you talk­ing about?

1st Sgt. Brax­ton Rut­ledge: I’m talk­ing about you. A white woman. White women only spell trou­ble for any of us.

Mary Beecher: That’s non­sense. We’re just two peo­ple try­ing to stay alive.

1st Sgt. Brax­ton Rut­ledge: Lady, you don’t know how hard I’m try­ing to stay alive.

Hope­fully to a per­son born in the 80’s such talk might sound like non­sense, to a per­son born when I was (1963) it might bring thoughts of Blaz­ing Saddles:

But to a per­son born before that time, a black man born in 1945. It’s some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. Look at this scene from Sgt. Rut­ledge, pay par­tic­u­larly atten­tion from 2:36 – 3:47.

There is no sin­gle racist stereo­type more pro­nounced than the black man threat­en­ing a white woman. It was the clas­sic racial image invoked by those who wanted to main­tain white supremacy. It’s been a club used against the black race for longer than I can remem­ber. It cost Emmett Till (Cain was 10 at the time) and many oth­ers like him their lives. In cin­ema you saw it in Birth of a Nation and you saw the con­se­quences in To Kill a Mock­ing­bird. It is clas­sic racism on a grand scale.

Yet not once while the Politico ran dozens of sto­ries on the flim­si­est of evi­dence, not once while Glo­ria Allred was fish­ing for accusers, not once when the entire lib­eral news media pro­claimed him guilty and the late night comics made jokes did any­one look at what was hap­pen­ing and say:

Doesn’t any­body see a bit of Jim Crow here?

Of course they didn’t! Her­man Cain is a con­ser­v­a­tive, he is a repub­li­can and when you accept lib­er­al­ism as your reli­gion and you make your liv­ing off of that meme not only do you stay silent in the face of that meme, you embrace it.

And that more than any­thing else is why Her­man Cain, in my opin­ion, did not stand and fight, he saw the enlight­ened and tol­er­ant media, to their dis­grace, return to the worst days of his youth and saw a fight he believed instinc­tively, he could not win.

If they left is not ashamed of them­selves they ought to be.

Update: I think Smitty mis­un­der­stands me. I don’t sug­gest that Her­man Cain should play the race card, I’m sug­gest­ing a race card was played on Her­man Cain, an old fash­ioned race card one lib­er­ally used against blacks.

Sgt. Matthew Luke Skidmore: Now listen to me Braks and hear me well. You told me yourself that you did that awful thing I wouldn’t believe it, but Braks, why did you run away?

Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: Because I walked into something none of us can fight…White woman business!

Sgt. Rutledge 1960

The Waco Kid: Hey Boys, look what I got here

Sheriff Bart: Hey where are the White Women at?

Blazing Saddles 1974

Today on Granite Grok there is a story on the occupod smoke bomb that was thrown at the White house. This quote caught my eye:

You know, I think this might be racism? Attacking the home of a black man and his family. Where’s Bill Mahr, Janeane Garofalo, hell the entire stenographer media, (and the NH Dead People Party) to disavow this uncivil act of racial prejudice?

Wait. My bad. They can’t feign outrage because they are probably all too busy holding a moment of silence like the one in honor of the guy who may have shot at the White house.

I found this an interesting because the NYT and Jessie Jackson are going on about racist republicans again.

Note that politically opposing this president is racism, but throwing smoke bombs or shooting at a White House occupied by a black president, no worries.

Of course when it comes to racial double standards all of this is small potatoes next to the events of October past.

You might remember a time when a black fellow by the name of Herman Cain was not only leading the field, but was driving the debate in a direction of a simplified transparent tax plan.

That could not be. If the GOP frontrunner is a black man who grew up in the segregated south the entire narrative is threatened.

People wonder why Herman Cain dropped out of the presidential race. Why didn’t he stand and fight? I wondered it myself. It wasn’t until I watched Sgt. Rutledge and remembered the generation that Mr. Cain was born into that I really understood.

1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: Anyone come, you ain’t gonna be in here with me.

Mary Beecher: What are you talking about?

1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: I’m talking about you. A white woman. White women only spell trouble for any of us.

Mary Beecher: That’s nonsense. We’re just two people trying to stay alive.

1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: Lady, you don’t know how hard I’m trying to stay alive.

Hopefully to a person born in the 80′s such talk might sound like nonsense, to a person born when I was (1963) it might bring thoughts of Blazing Saddles:

But to a person born before that time, a black man born in 1945. It’s something completely different. Look at this scene from Sgt. Rutledge, pay particularly attention from 2:36-3:47.

There is no single racist stereotype more pronounced than the black man threatening a white woman. It was the classic racial image invoked by those who wanted to maintain white supremacy. It’s been a club used against the black race for longer than I can remember. It cost Emmett Till (Cain was 10 at the time) and many others like him their lives. In cinema you saw it in Birth of a Nation and you saw the consequences in To Kill a Mockingbird. It is classic racism on a grand scale.

Yet not once while the Politico ran dozens of stories on the flimsiest of evidence, not once while Gloria Allred was fishing for accusers, not once when the entire liberal news media proclaimed him guilty and the late night comics made jokes did anyone look at what was happening and say:

Doesn’t anybody see a bit of Jim Crow here?

Of course they didn’t! Herman Cain is a conservative, he is a republican and when you accept liberalism as your religion and you make your living off of that meme not only do you stay silent in the face of that meme, you embrace it.

And that more than anything else is why Herman Cain, in my opinion, did not stand and fight, he saw the enlightened and tolerant media, to their disgrace, return to the worst days of his youth and saw a fight he believed instinctively, he could not win.

If they left is not ashamed of themselves they ought to be.

Update: I think Smitty misunderstands me. I don’t suggest that Herman Cain should play the race card, I’m suggesting a race card was played on Herman Cain, an old fashioned race card one liberally used against blacks.

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