Thursday, January 10, 2008

Doug Anderson....racist?

What exactly did Hinds County Supervisor Doug Anderson (who is black) mean when he said, "I just expected more from a black man than that" when referring to fellow Supervisor Robert Graham? Was he referring to his not standing up to the new President who is a black woman? Or was he referring to Mr. Graham's vote on personnel decisions? Does that mean Anderson expects more or less from a white man?

What exactly did Anderson mean by his racist statement?

source: January 9, 2008 edition of The Clarion-Ledger


Anonymous said...

I think he means what he said. He expected more than what was done. It doesn't strike me as particularly racist.

Anonymous said...

Anderson is one of the worst local officeholders in all the metro area. His stewardship of Hinds County is a joke.

gorjus said...

Come on, Kingfish. You're too good for trolling. There's a big difference between being race conscious--or in this case, basically going negative to emphasize racial pride--then being racist.

Kingfish said...

Suppose Mac had said of Jeff Weill "I expected more from a white man" or Mac said of Anderson "I expected more of a Black man", what would the discussion around town be?

Anonymous said...

You can bet your last dollar that had Mac or any other white politician said something similar it would have become a major topic of condemnation over at Laddsworld. Guaranteed they would be categorizing the statement as racist.

Kingfish said...

just over there?

Anonymous said...

It's the old double standard. You are correct, let a white man say something similar to another white man OR black man, and boy would there be figurative fists flying.

Anonymous said...

Of course not just over there. You would bring it up, the Advocate would bring it up and the C-L would more than likely bring it up.

But the vitriol, hyperbole, exaggeration, hatred and teeth gnashing would be taking place in Laddsworld.

Anonymous said...

I was the first commenter... I know what you're saying, and if the tables were turned, then absolutely we'd be having Jesse and Al chomping at the bit for a firing.

I just don't tend to think that everything is race-related. Could he have left out "black"? Yeah, he could've said "I expected more from a man." I'm so sick and tired of the "OMG THAT"S RACIST!!!!" talk that goes on in MS.

Tom Head said...

It showed he doesn't have as much respect for white people as black people, but you know, it is different when a member of a minority group does it. Sorry, 'Fish, but it's true. Anti-male comments are not as bad as anti-female comments; anti-white comments are not as bad as anti-black comments. Why? Because they do less damage.

If 60% of the population thinks 12% of the population is less intelligent, that's racism and that has a significant negative effect on the lives of that 12%. But if 12% of the population thinks 60% of the population is less intelligent, it does substantially less harm. That doesn't make it right, but it makes it less wrong.

Anonymous said...

Tom, no way. It doesn't do less harm... by your numbers, affecting 60% would do substantially MORE harm. However, I understand what you are implying.

If it's wrong to say it one way, it's wrong to say it another way. Period. There is no less wrong, or more wrong.

And just thinking someone is less intelligent is not a pre-req for racism. If I see someone as more intelligent than myself, is that reverse-racism?

On JFP, Kaze actualy wants the golf channel lady FINED for saying the word lynched. Are you kidding me? What happened to free speech? I thought Kaze would know that first hand.

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