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A Much Worse “S-word”

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Alright, so I know that attacking Rush Limbaugh for being a racist or an idiot is like shooting fish (or overpaid, arrogant dimwits) in a barrel, but this was really shocking, and I couldn’t even read the whole transcript (racism to follow):


“This is well-known Indian squaw Elizabeth Warren. ”

Now, I don’t care really whether Elizabeth Warren has American Indian heritage or not, or for that matter, whether she hates America: There’s words you don’t say. We learn that when we are kids, or in often awkward moments when we are growing up. I can think of a half dozen words that might actually get Rush thrown off the air (Dr. Laura went down for using one of them). That word should be one of them. The fact that, in all likelihood Limbaugh will suffer no ill effects for throwing this ugliness onto the airwaves, is merely evidence that American Indians in this country enjoy substantially less respect, or even thought, than other minorities in the minds of the US cultural elite.

But maybe I’m wrong. In that case, see ya, Rush. In any case, even if people on the coasts aren’t bothered, perhaps he should at least be off the airwaves in the Mountain West, where we have a hard-won sensitivity to words like that.

PS if you’re curious if Rush is on to something when he gets past his racism and on to his actual point, which is that

“Now, a couple of interesting things about this. Let’s look at roads, for example. Which came first, the paved road or the car? Well, which necessitated which? I would submit to you that the car came along, and then the government (and all of the people that really made this thing work) built the roads.” ,

here’s some Wikipedia articles for you.

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