TFC readers, indulge me for a moment. To some I may be making too much out of this particular incident, but my thinking is that this is a microcosm of a much larger issue.
The Civil Rights movement and the simultaneous Democratic leadership in Washington DC (up to 1982 when Reagan took office) seemed to quell these types of vicious epithets hurled at many people in African-American and other minority communities, especially in the South.
It occurs to me that now that given the wide-spread outcry against the current president, these people no longer feel they have to be politically correct when it comes to Black folks because they literally number in the millions. Apparently the old adage saying that there’s strength in numbers has its believers. Hence the growth of the Tea Party and Militia type groups (the new KKK?)
It will be interesting to see which way the country trends in the 2012 and 2016 elections. Will this influx of hate and anti-government fervor dissipate or will it grow even larger than it already is?
The only thing I can say to those opposed to the horrendous tactics of the aforementioned fringe groups is to vote in 2014 like it’s 2012…
Wilton Manors Commissioner Ted Galatis apologized for hurling racial slurs at a woman in a parking lot over the weekend, but maintained that he did so because he felt threatened by the passengers in the car.
The woman told WTVJ that that the commissioner began hurling insults at her in the parking lot of a Publix on Sunday, where he “began calling her and her passengers ’N*ggers’.” Galatis gave a Standard Issue Notpology about the incident, saying that he “may have” used the racially charged invective, but said he was “protecting myself from the immediate threat.” Galatis said in a statement that:
I apologize for my use of the ’N’ word. It is something I never say. I offer no excuse, other than it was uttered when I was being threatened in front of my own home.
His wife rallied to the defense of her husband; Donna Galatis explained what happened in the parking lot when WTVJ reporter Jamie Guirola caught up with them at their family home. When asked what transpired, Donna shot back: “What did they say to me? ‘White bitch, I’ll slice you up’.”
The neighbors aren’t convinced that the confrontation deserved the slur, though:
“Unfortunately that just doesn’t go,” one neighbor explained. “I mean, it’s unfortunate you can’t say words like that and take them back. You know you got to pay the price. Donald Sterling just paid the price for what his situation was.”
Galatis is a registered Republican and announced that he will seek re-election, and hasn’t given any indication he is going to resign.
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