After the lynching of two black children in Alabama and Mississippi, a Grand Dragon of the KKK said:
Obviously murder is murder, there’s no excuse for that. I think we’re seeing a backlash, in other words if you push me too hard don’t be surprised if I react. Blacks will tend to react violently if people are oppressive toward them. If blacks are oppressive toward whites, then you’ll see a violent backlash.And a representative of the Christian White Women of America said of the Black Civil Rights movement:
I honestly think it's the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than the atomic bomb or communism.
Well, they may have. Certainly similar things were said in 1958. But nothing like that could be said today, could it? Not outside a racist chat-room. Certainly no elected official could say anything like that. Well, I thought so until recently. Now just read what some elected officials - all Republicans I'm ashamed to say - are saying now, blatantly, openly, and shamelessly:
Just Out: What is your reaction to the recent murders of out gay youth in Florida and California?And from Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern (R), about "The Homosexual Agenda" :
Oregon State Senator Gary George (R): Obviously murder is murder, there’s no excuse for that. Here’s what I’m saying, I think we’re seeing a backlash, in other words if you push me too hard don’t be surprised if I react. Gays will tend to react violently if people are oppressive toward them. If gays are oppressive toward straights, then you’ll see a violent backlash.
"I honestly think it's the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam."There is another difference: in 1958, the situation was getting better. In 2008, the situation is getting worse. These people are getting bolder. And the rate of fatal provable hate crimes against transgendered and gay people has now increased to one every 8 days - most of them trangender, and one in 4, children.