Liberals Smear George Allen
The left side of the blogosphere is up in arms because George Allen apparently, accidentally, referred to someone as a city in South Africa:
“Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) apologized Monday for what his opponent’s campaign said were demeaning and insensitive comments the senator made to a 20-year-old volunteer of Indian descent.
At a campaign rally in southwest Virginia on Friday, Allen repeatedly called a volunteer for Democrat James Webb “macaca.” During the speech in Breaks, near the Kentucky border, Allen began by saying that he was “going to run this campaign on positive, constructive ideas” and then pointed at S.R. Sidarth in the crowd.
“This fellow here, over here with the yellow shirt, macaca, or whatever his name is. He’s with my opponent. He’s following us around everywhere. And it’s just great,” Allen said, as his supporters began to laugh. After saying that Webb was raising money in California with a “bunch of Hollywood movie moguls,” Allen said, “Let’s give a welcome to macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia.” Allen then began talking about the “war on terror.”
Depending on how it is spelled, the word macaca could mean either a monkey that inhabits the Eastern Hemisphere or a town in South Africa. In some European cultures, macaca is also considered a racial slur against African immigrants, according to several Web sites that track ethnic slurs.
…Reached Monday evening, Allen said that the word had no derogatory meaning for him and that he was sorry. “I would never want to demean him as an individual. I do apologize if he’s offended by that. That was no way the point.”
Asked what macaca means, Allen said: “I don’t know what it means.” He said the word sounds similar to “mohawk,” a term that his campaign staff had nicknamed Sidarth because of his haircut. Sidarth said his hairstyle is a mullet — tight on top, long in the back.
Allen said that by the comment welcoming him to America, he meant: “Just to the real world. Get outside the Beltway and get to the real world.”
How silly! Allen was just ribbing some clown the Webb campaign sent to follow him around with the campaign’s in house nickname for him, and you have hyper-sensitive lefties trying to turn it into some kind of racial slur.
But, as the article noted, he could just as well have been saying Makaka, a South African town, which probably meant about as much to him (i.e. nothing) as macaca. Moreover, even the word “macaca” is supposed to be an ethnic slur against North Africans in some “European cultures.” But, we’re not in Europe, which explains why almost no one has ever heard of that word being used as a racial insult, and Webb’s campaign worker isn’t North African.
Again, it’s just silly.
But, you almost have to admire the perverse way that these lefties operate. They take a guy like Allen, a man who was actually the co-sponsor of a Senate resolution apologizing for lynching, and they create a little imaginary racist history for him by going crackers over imaginary racial slights over and over.
In Allen’s case, he wore a confederate flag pin when he was a teenager, once had a flag collection that included a confederate flag, and had a noose in his law office that was part of Western motif that featured, wagon wheels, chaps, and lassos.
In and of themselves, all of these incidents are meaningless. However, the lefties exaggerate and distort all of these non-events, get hysterical over them, and then try to use their string of freak-outs as evidence that Allen has a problem, when in actuality, these libs are just such hyper-sensitive crybabies that they’d probably accuse someone of being racist for knocking the 8-ball in the pocket with a white cue ball during a game of pool.
Of course, a lot of liberals hold Southerners as a whole in contempt and accuse them of being racist at the drop of a hat. So, it’s really no surprise that a prominent Virginian like Allen is being used as a hate object, in place of the rest of the South, by the left. It’s just how they do business.