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MUHAMMAD: Racism Rears its Ugly Beard

Askia Muhammad | 12/23/2013, 3 p.m.
Askia Muhammad

I mention the summer of 1955 as the pre-civil rights days, because that’s before the Montgomery Bus Boycott began on Dec. 1, 1955, but when the most horrific lynching of the 20th century took place. That’s when 14-year-old Emmett Till was tarred, feathered, and dismembered for whistling at a White woman near Greenwood, Miss. That punishment, of which Robertson was apparently unaware, was for Blacks guilty of “eyeball rape,” although it usually just earned a beating for simply looking at a White woman. Poor Emmett crossed the line and his “crime” cost him his life.

But Robertson must have been busy chopping cotton and too young to notice any Black folks getting upset about the Till murder … or the lynching four years later when Robertson was 13, of Mack Charles Parker, also in Mississippi, or any of the other southern lynchings – which averaged nearly one per week from 1892 until 1968.

Bearded Robertson said he never, with his own “eyes, saw the mistreatment of any Black person.” And why shouldn’t we trust his word? The Black folks he saw were all “singing and happy…” weren’t they?

So now, here come former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and current Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, rushing down to support our bearded friend Phil Robertson and his Louisiana Klan … I mean clan.

Poor Gov. Jindal, he has yet to learn that his brown skin and Asian roots permanently disqualify him from the Republican presidential nomination which he hopes one day to receive.

Maybe Jindal should grow a beard.