Monday, March 13, 2006 at 6:22 pm by Darryl
Adele Ferguson, a political columnist for the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, waxes philosophical over the question, “Why do blacks continue to support Democrats?”
Ms. Ferguson is a real piece of…um…work. Her essay is a muddled racist rant in which she enlightens us as to God’s true purpose behind slavery:
One of these days before I die, I hope to see a shift in the attitudes of so many of my black brothers and sisters in this great country we share, from perpetual victimhood, to pride in their achievements on the road from slave to American citizen.
Remember Ronald Reaganâ€™s story about the kid who had to shovel a huge pile of manure? He went about it with such joy he was asked why and said, â€œWith all that manure, thereâ€™s got to be a pony in there somewhere.â€
The pony hidden in slavery is the fact that it was the ticket to America for black people. I have long urged blacks to consider their presence here as the work of God, who wanted to bring them to this raw, new country and used slavery to achieve it. A harsh life, to be sure, but many immigrants suffered hardships and indignations as indentured servants. Their descendants rose above it. You donâ€™t hear them bemoaning their forebearsâ€™ life the way some blacks canâ€™t rise above the fact theirs were slaves.
Umm…somebody ought to tell the poor dear that there really wasn’t a pony buried in the pile of manure, and likewise, her “pony hidden in slavery” is largely an illusion.
A bad metaphor aside, if I understand her point, it is that God’s great gift to Africans was to (link) kidnap them, brand ‘em as property with red-hot irons, pack them into ships without enough room to even lie down, living in their own piss and shit, while sailing to the “promise of America” where they were treated like property, their families were broken-up, their women were raped, their children taken away and sold, where they were beaten (sometimes to death), poor, and uneducated for a number of generations, finally to have freedom granted to them—freedoms with no education, few possessions, no land ownership, no right to vote, and broken kin support networks.
Thanks, God! You’re a real pal.
Or, should I say, “thanks Adele,” because clearly this is a God she has formed in her own mind to justify her ignorant, bigotous view of the world.
“Gift” of slavery, indeed. Hey, Adele, has anyone ever told you that you are a fucking idiot?!?
Actually, I have to question whether or not Adele has ever even met a black person. I mean Kitsap county had a black population of fewer than 3% in the 2000 census. And 20 years before that, back when Adele got around a little more, the figure was under 2%. But, apparently this dear old lady seems to think she understands the burden of being an African American in modern America.
What other gems are bestowed upon us by Ms. Ferguson?
The treatment given President Bush at Coretta Kingâ€™s funeral was shameful. And these werenâ€™t poor, uneducated black people who â€œdissedâ€ him. They were among the countryâ€™s top-drawer blacks, there to bury black royalty. While Bush got the cold shoulder, former President Clinton was welcomed as if he still held the office.
Yeah…maybe that’s because President Clinton didn’t treat African Americans like a pair of socks in that “top drawer” ready to be pressed into service and paraded about for political points. Or maybe it is because Clinton’s policies, by and large, benefited African Americans, whereas George Bush’s policies generally don’t. Or maybe it is because Clinton didn’t snub the NAACP? With so many compelling reasons, it is hard to tell which reason is the most important.
It mystifies me why the black population remains in thrall to the Democratic party.
That’s because you are an idiot. The answer is very simple at one level. It is because “[o]nly 2 percent — 2 percent! — of African-Americans approve of George Bush’s handling of the presidency — the lowest we have ever seen in that particular measure.” Let’s see…the de facto head of the Republican party can’t keep his approval among blacks above the margin of error. It can hardly be surprising that blacks gravitate toward that other party. It ain’t rocket science.
The rest of Ms. Ferguson column is an illogical rant that attempts to link black poverty to the lack of school vouchers and charter schools, and blames teacher’s unions for killing public education. Therefore, she argues, teacher’s unions are responsible for black poverty. Yeah…sure. All we need to do is eliminate teacher’s unions, and Ms. Ferguson’s black brothers and sisters will magically achieve equality.
Finally, following this tenuous chain of “reasoning,” Ms. Ferguson accuses blacks of “acting the victim” because they support Democrats.
Did I mention that this woman is an idiot?
If you want to offer Ms. Ferguson some constructive criticism on her essay, contact her at Adele Ferguson, P.O. Box 69, Hansville, WA, 98340.
(Thanks to Devon for pointing out the article.)
Update: Many thanks to The General for the link and the great satirical commentary. Thanks to Daniel who gives the phone number of the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal (360-876-7900), and Teapot Dome for the editor’s email address (email@example.com). Send ‘em some love!
Update III: It looks like the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal has pulled the editorial!
Update IV: The Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal will not be renewing Ms. Ferguson’s contract!