Letters to the Editor: ‘Redneck’? Councilmembers’ racist remarks were a lot of things, but not that’
posted at 1:01 pm on May 1, 2013 by Allahpundit
From The Dallas Morning News: Answering a question about how he felt about police violence at a recent town hall meeting, Texas Republican representative David Simpson argued simply that “Redneck” refers to someone from the South and “n—–” is a swear word.
“Yes, yes, no, no,” replied DeSantis. “There are people from the South that would probably call you a redneck.”
The next morning, in an open-press session following the meeting, Simpson, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, said he was sorry if he offended anyone.
“As chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Agriculture, I would like to apologize to anyone who was offended,” he said. “I don’t want people to feel like I’m condoning racism. I did not mean anything by what I said.”
This is the part where the local press gets ahold of the story. I’ll say this up front: I don’t care whether or not the statement was a racist joke or not. (The statement itself may have been a joke — or it could just as easily be a euphemistic way to express his true sentiments. I’m not going to make any judgments about that.) And the bigger question is, why can’t local mainstream newspapers (and national media outlets) just be honest with their readers: Was the statement racist? If it was, why was it a joke? Because the guy doesn’t seem to be an especially effective or competent public official, and maybe he’s not in a position to really have his say. Why not just leave it out