This short video clip is very enlightening. Lou Dobbs is pontificating on how our society doesn’t have a problem talking about race but does fear recrimination and distortion of expressed viewpoints. Lou, the wealthy white man that he is, insists the U.S. is the most progressive and racially diverse country in the world and then mid-rant about Condoleeza Rice and her remark that “race is a birth defect on America,” catches himself using the expression “cotton-picking.”
Now, I’ve heard that expression before. In fact, my mother used it when I was growing up (“Keep your cotton-picking hands off those cookies”) but I never thought of it in racial terms. And I don’t think my mom did, either.
But Lou Dobbs obviously correlates “cotton-picking” with black people. All I can say is that it’s a pretty amazing sight when his brain catches up with his mouth and he realizes he’s just blown an enormous hole in his fatuous argument.
Now can we please put to rest the delusion that this man would make a good president?!
(Note: I just realized the original video I posted contained inserted commentary so I’ve replaced it with the video clip of the television segment only.)