Andrew Young, big Democrat, former mayor of Atlanta, former congressman, had this to say in response to a question about Wal-Mart driving out small neighborhood businesses:
"Well, I think they should; they ran the mom-and-pop stores out of my neighborhood.A reasonable person would regard that as being about as bigoted a statement as one might read.
"But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us, selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables. And they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they've ripped off our communities enough.
"First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs; very few black people own these stores." (link)
So how have those in the Virginia blogosphere who have found such offense in the previously unknown word "macaca" reacted to Andrew Young's seeming intolerance and obvious prejudice? Let's find out. We'll stroll through their pages in alphabetical order:
Blue Dog? Nothing.
Howling Latina? Not howling yet.
Update 08/19/06 8:08am: HL actually has addressed the Young flap. She defends his remarks here. My apologies.
Loudoun Democrats? Nope ...
Monstrosity ("By the Ditzy Democrats")? It's anybody's guess.
Not Larry Sabato? He does only Virginia racism and bigotry it would seem.
Raising Kaine? Why did I even look.
Richmond Democrat? Uh ... no.
The Southern Democrat? Any day now.
The Virginia Progressive? Give him time. He's progressing.
VB Dems Blog? No.
Virginia Centrist? No. He focuses only on "George Allen: Friend of the noose industry!" apparently.
Update August 20, 9:31am: VC now has a post in which he addresses Andrew Young's bigotry. Oops. No, my mistake. Just more of the usual vacuity.
Vivian J. Paige? Yes. By God, just when I'd concluded that the teenagers all had some undisclosed ulterior motive for their selective outrage, Vivian (the lone mature adult in the crowd) comes through with this:
Who would have thought… August 18, 2006
Posted by vjp in Politics, Local, Race.
… that you would have former UN Ambassador, Atlanta mayor and
long-time civil rights leader Andrew Young saying this about Wal-Mart replacing mom-and-pop stores ...
Thanks go out to Vivian J. Paige for being consistent. And for being dispassionate in her approach to all this.
As for the rest of you, we're all waiting for the shrill denunciations, the photoshopped pictures of Andrew Young in KKK regalia, and the inane comparisons to Adolf Hitler.
Yeah, we're all waiting.