Tuesday, August 15, 2006

who's the monkey?

George Allen is a politician in Virginia, being challenged by former Secretary of the Navy James Webb for his Senate seat. HE is thought of as a potential presidential candidate for the GOP in 2008.

Yesterday, he referred to an American-born college student, who is a volunteer with the Webb campaign and who has been videotaping some of Allen's stump speeches, as a "macaca."

Here is a post on the history of the word, and an illustration of how it is used currently. Ugly stuff.

I hope pressure is put on the media to cover this - recall that similar comments ended the careers of Trent Lott and Howard Cosell. Allen isn't nearly as powerful. Plus, he's got a long history of racist statements. Let's take him down.


Anonymous huitzilopochtli said...

saw your nickname in the fdl comment section. AWESOME reference... i was also unaware that scientists could dig wire and sweet and other such cool musics. i thought that part of the brain was excised sometime during college. at least that's what us social scientists hypothesized.

8:00 AM, August 18, 2006  
Blogger Tlazolteotl said...

Ah, my little hummingbird, there's a reason we physical sciences geeks refer to the social sciences as "soft."

I think, however, "fuzzy" might have been a better term. ;-)

Anyways, firepups are welcome here anytime. Cheers!

9:49 PM, August 20, 2006  

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