Remember when Louisiana Republicans excoriated Mary Landrieu for making those mild remarks about Southern racism? They were shitting themselves with outrage. Hadn’t we elected a brown skinned Governor? Wasn’t that proof that racism was dead in the Gret Stet? It was not and more evidence comes from, of all places, a school board race in Lafayette. One of the candidates is a crotchety coach by the name of Don Gagnard who’s now in trouble for making like Princess Dumbass of the Northwoods, and posting bigoted shit on his Facebook feed. And that is why Don Gagnard is malaka of the week.
I learned about Coach Malaka from my friend Lamar White. I’m not in the habit of writing about school board races but this one is a doozy:
District 1 Lafayette Parish School Board candidate “Coach Don” Gagnard has been pretty active on Facebook over the past several months, and he’s raised at least a few eyebrows with some of his comments.
A scroll down Gagnard’s Facebook page shows posts by the candidate, who is in a District 1 LPSB runoff election against Mary Morrison, where he writes about hating “faggots, bums, illegal aliens, Veterans mistreatment and most of all: OUR HITLER PRESIDENT …”
In his June 27 post to Facebook, Gagnard says that “others have to pay for the idiots because they are too lazy to do something for themselves except pass the blame on white people …”
“OUR PRESIDENT HATES OUR COUNTRY AND YOU ARE REDISTRIBUTING PEOPLES MONEY TO AFRICANS,” he says in a post from Aug. 11.
He also calls for President Obama to “go away and bring your urangutan (sp) with you.”
Gagnard tells KATC that he did make those comments on Facebook, noting that “I always post what I think is right and in my heart.”
Asked if he hates faggots, bums and illegal aliens, Gagnard says yes.
Gagnard received 36.5 percent of the vote in the Nov. 4 election, prompting a runoff between Gagnard and Morrison, who received 44.5 percent of the vote.
He said in the phone interview that he was an educator and coach for 24 years and also is a past winner of a national coach of the year award.
The District 1 race has no incumbent candidate. School Board member Mark Allen Babineaux opted to run for district judge instead of re-election on the school board.
When asked about his post in which he self-identifies as a racist, Gagnard says that “coaches are not racists.”
“I’ve bailed black people out of jail and bought them trucks,” he said. “If you call me a racist, that’s going to flip back on you. But the faggot thing, yea, you can stick with that.”
I love how his example of helping out black folks involved bailing them out of jail. Them people always be in trouble, y’all. Massa Malaka just be helpin’
In addition to his blatant bigotry, Gagnard shouldn’t be elected to a school board anywhere since he cannot write a coherent sentence or spell orangutan. Of course, Sarah Palin is similarly afflicted and she’s done pretty well for herself. I guess. Unlike Palin, Coach Malaka had the good sense to take down his Facebook page so he’d stop shooting himself in the foot with his online rantings. I know that’s a low threshold of good sense, but Coach Malaka cleared the hurdle,
In the spirit of helpfulness for which I’m known, I’d like to suggest a new slogan for the campaign:
Coach Don Gagnard: A homophobe, not a racist.
I’ve met some very conservative people from that part of the state. They tend to think anyone who isn’t rabidly pro-oil is a Marxist. They wouldn’t know a real Commie if one came after them with an icepick. I had an epic argument in 2004 with someone who insisted that John Kerry was a Marxist. I pointed out that he married BIG MONEY but there was no arguing with this person. As far as he was concerned, Teresa Heinz Kerry was some sort of ketchup communist…
People like Coach Malaka show why Gret Stet black Goper Elbert Guillory’s effort to woo African-American voters is doomed to fail. As long as Republicans talk about President Obama as a Hitler, Stalin, Witch Doctor, Devil guy, they’re wasting their time. I know some black conservative types BUT they think the President is wrong on the issues, not Beelzebub. Black folks tend not to like bigoted white folks. Go figure.
The good news about Coach Don’s race is that he ran second so I’m hoping he’ll lose in the run-off. If not, I may have to pay attention to Lafayette School Board meetings and I’d rather hit myself in the knee with a ball-peen hammer. I’m begging the good people of Lafayette to vote against this bozo so I’m not hobbled.
Here’s a screen capture of the now infamous Facebook comment, which sounds directed at Mary Landrieu. At least he didn’t call her a race traitor:
Social media can be a treacherous place, especially when you say stupid and inflammatory shit. And that is why Don Gagnard is malaka of the week.