It’s been an interesting few years in the place I like to call Secessionville. Its formal name is, of course, South Carolina: home of John C Calhoun, firebrand contemporary wingnuts and semi-reconstructed segregationists. In recent years, Secessionville has become known for randy right wing pols: Strom Thurmond, Mark Sanford and, more recently, GOP Gubernatorial candidate, Nikki Haley. As Borat would surely say at this point, it’s sexy time in the Palmetto (bug?) state. These folks put the nut in wingnut…
Two “Southern gentleman” have claimed affairs with Ms. Haley whose response has been denial followed by trotting her husband out on the campaign trail. It’s a pathetic spectacle but not the reason for this week’s “honor.” It’s bestowed because of more conventional Secessionville malakatude: bigotry.
I’d never heard of State Senator Jake Knotts until yesterday but he looks like a redneck peckerwood to me. He’s a supporter of one of Ms. Haley’s opponents and he did what wingnuts like to do in 2010: link someone, anyone (even a candidate endorsed by the Tsarina of Palaska) to President Obama. Ms Haley is a Sikh, which inspired Malaka Jake to trot out an old favorite of the hard right, the ethnic slur. In this case he called her a “fucking raghead” and went on to“explain” why she was a menace:
Knotts says he believed Haley has been set up by a network of Sikhs and
was programmed to run for governor of South Carolina by outside
influences in foreign countries. He claims she is hiding her religion
and he wants the voters to know about it.
“We got a raghead in Washington; we don’t need one in South
Carolina,” Knotts said more than once. “She’s a raghead that’s ashamed
of her religion trying to hide it behind being Methodist for political
I am, briefly, speechless. She’s both a fucking raghead as well as a Manchurian Candidate? She doesn’t look anything like Laurence Harvey or a bearded, long-haired male Sikh for that matter. Malaka Knothead has subsequently claimed he was just kidding around but ethnic slurs, particularly not inaccurate ones, t’ain’t funny. I know a dog whistle when I hear one and this was blown via the tin whistle of malakatude. Or is that a tin drum? If it’s the latter, Malaka Knothead could also be called Grunter Grass. <baboom; groan>
I have neither the time or inclination to spend too much time analyzing this ignorant pigfucker but I don’t have to do it becauseGabriel Winant has already done so at Salon. Thanks, dude.
I do, however, have a piece of advice for Secessionville pols. In a word: saltpeter.