Thursday, August 27, 2009

Great White Hope or New Republican Joke?

Republicans know no boundaries when it comes to their racism and stupidity. A female Republican, Lynn Jenkins, spoke about Republicans finding the next 'Great White Hope' as a counter to Barack Obama. Anyone who knows the history of that term knows that it comes from a time at the turn of the 20th century when Jack Johnson had become the first black heavyweight boxing champion of the world. While this energized the black community in the decades after the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, it was particularly hard for white people to deal with. The search then went on for the 'Great White Hope', a white boxer who could bring Johnson down (something NO ONE was able to do in the boxing ring). So really the term is rooted in the fears and racism of white people. When people like Jenkins use the reference, they are only showing their bias and ignorance. That kind of rhetoric is despicable. I would be offended by even the mention of the term if I was a black person in America. Hell, I am a white boy from Western Canada and I am outraged. If you want to see a terrific film by Ken Burns you need to check out 'Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson'. It is one of my all time favorite documentaries. I am a big fan of the 'sweet science' and I believe that Johnson is the greatest heavyweight champion ever. I find this whole era to be a fascinating look at the effects and reality of racism in America. The slaves may have been freed in 1865 but it would be nearly a century or more before blacks could achieve true equality with whites in America. Seeing as the USA just elected a black President, this documentary takes on special historic significance. You can see the parts of the documentary on 'You Tube'. My favorite vocal talent ever, Kieth David, narrates the production. I could listen to that man say anything. Watch this short clip below and tell me you don't agree.

"Johnson in many ways is an embodiment of the African-American struggle to be truly free in this country — economically, socially and politically," said Burns. "He absolutely refused to play by the rules set by the white establishment, or even those of the black community. In that sense, he fought for freedom not just as a black man, but as an individual."


Defensores de Democracia said...

Great Old Party, Great White Hope, Great White Elephant - White Elephants do not earn their keep, and they eat and cost a lot - Republican Party

Kansas House Representative Lynn Jenkins said this week that the Republican Party needs a "Great White Hope" and enumerates a list of only White Persons as possible political candidates for the future.

The Republican Party or GOP is becoming a "Great White Elephant", but the problem is that White Elephants are very costly, useless, etc ... Many Sacred Laws of Kings forbid the use of White Elephants for practical purposes and for work.

In the following section wee see the Biggest White Elephants in South East Asia, Europe and North America :

White Elephants in Wikipedia

Some excerpts :

The term derives from the sacred white elephants kept by Southeast Asian monarchs in Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. To possess a white elephant was regarded (and is still regarded in Thailand and Burma) as a sign that the monarch was ruling with justice and power, and that the kingdom was blessed with peace and prosperity. The tradition derives from tales in the scriptures which associate a white elephant with the birth of Buddha, as his mother was reputed to have dreamed of a white elephant presenting her with a lotus flower, a symbol of wisdom and purity, on the eve of giving birth.

Because the animals were considered sacred and laws protected them from labor, receiving a gift of a white elephant from a monarch was both a blessing and a curse: a blessing because the animal was sacred and a sign of the monarch's favour, and a curse because the animal had to be kept and could not be put to practical use to offset the cost of maintaining it.

Examples of notable alleged white elephants :

The Concorde, a supersonic transport built by Aérospatiale and British Aircraft Corporation, intended for high-speed intercontinental passenger travel. Only fourteen production aircraft were built, though it was planned that development costs were to be amortized over hundreds of units: the British and French governments incurred large losses as no aircraft could be sold on commercial terms. Concorde flew the transatlantic route for over two decades, and it did at least make a big operating profit for British Airways.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport runway 11/29 was conceived on the basis of traffic projections made in the 1980s and 1990s that warned of impending strains on the airport and the national air traffic system as a result of predicted growth in traffic at the airport. The $1 billion runway expansion was designed in part to allow for simultaneous operations on parallel runways in bad weather. Construction began in 1998, and continued even after traffic at the airport declined following the 9/11 attacks, the purchase of Trans World Airlines by American Airlines in April 2001, and subsequent cuts in flights to the airport by American Airlines in 2003. The project required the relocation of seven major roads and the destruction of approximately 2,000 homes in Bridgeton, Missouri. In addition to providing superfluous extra capacity for flight operations at the airport, use of the runway is shunned by fuel-conscious pilots and airlines due to its distance from the terminals. Even one of the airport commissioners, John Krekeler, deemed the project a "white elephant".

Montréal-Mirabel International Airport is North America's largest airport, but has been abandoned as a passenger airport.

Olympic Stadium in Montreal cost about C$1.61 billion. Since the departure of the Montreal Expos baseball team in 2004, it has had no main tenant. The debt from the stadium wasn't paid in full until December 2006. Because of the financial disaster in which it left Montreal, it was nicknamed "The Big Owe", "Uh-O", and "The Big Mistake".

Vicente Duque

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

WOW...I don't think Vicente is a regular visitor but I appreciate the addition to the discussion. Thanks for finding my little post worthy of comment. HEY...he does have me on his blog list. Here's to stickin it to 'The Man' Vicente.