A Tribute to State Representative Benjamin Swan

September 17, 2008
Representative Swan and Supporters after winning re-election, 9/16/08

Representative Swan and Supporters after winning re-election, 9/16/08

After a nasty campaign in which the oppostion attempted to skew his record, slander his family, disparage community agencies that he supported and paint him as an ineffective legislator, State Representative Benjamin Swan soundly defeated his two challengers by more than a two to one margin. Swan was challenged by Lorenzo Gains, a constable and former teacher and Chelan Brown, a self proclaimed community activist and leader of an organization that claims to reduce youth violence. Brown’s campaign was particularly negative and stooped to gutter politics in their attempt to unseat the representative. From lying about having her web site tampered with after it was discovered that she plagiarized her issue statements to posting slanderous comments on Masslive.com and telling outright lies in a Valley Advocate article, Chelan displayed a true lack of character for one who covets a position of leadership. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Need Some More Uppity Negroes

September 8, 2008


Republican congressman from Georgia, Lynn Westmoreland, recently referred to Senator Barack Obama and his wife Michelle as “uppity.” When pressed by Democrats to apologize for his comments, Westmoreland stood by his comments and said that he meant no offense. Westmoreland, a lawmaker from Grantville, GA, speaking to reporters, described the Obamas as members of an “elitist-class … that thinks that they’re uppity,” according to The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper. When asked whether he intended to use the word, he said, “Yeah, uppity.”

In a statement, Westmoreland — a white man who was born in 1950 and raised in the segregated South — said he didn’t know that “uppity” was commonly used as a derogatory term for blacks seeking equal treatment. O.k, first of all, yes, “uppity” is a racial term and for Westmoreland , a 58 year old man from rural Georgia to claim that he didn’t know the term was considered racist only adds insult to injury. I’m certain the congressman heard the term more than once and fully understood it as a word to describe blacks, who white folks felt were trying to move above their expected station in life. Read the rest of this entry »