Monday, June 15, 2009

I Love Post-Racial America

A prominent South Carolina Republican killed his Facebook page Sunday after being caught likening the First Lady to an escaped gorilla.

Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, S.C., Friday, longtime GOP activist Rusty DePass wrote, “I'm sure it's just one of Michelle's ancestors - probably harmless.”

Busted by South Carolina political blogger Will Folks on his FITNEWS blog, DePass told WIS-TV in Columbia, “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone.…”

Offended? How could anyone be offended by that? Everyone loves a gorill…

Wait. You meant to offend her, didn't you? And that apology, “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone,” that is one of those empty gestures, isn't it, as, given the racial history of this country—especially the racial history of the South—there isn't an inoffensive way to compare a black person to a gorilla, is there? So, basically, you're an asshole.

To cut off the outrage at the pass, I would like to apologize to any assholes I've offended by the comparison.


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