DC Trawler

Another Teachable Moment

While Jim Treacher searches for rare specimens to add to his butterfly collection, other people will be trawling. Like Frank J: “Hello. I’m Frank J. I blog at IMAO.us and sometimes write columns. I am also on the Twitters. I like to write about politics even though I don’t know more than anybody else, but that’s okay because it’s the internet.”

So I heard the president went on TV and called black people “mongrels.” No, we’re not talking like early last century; we’re talking 2010. I thought we were past this sort of thing. We even elected a black president to show we were done with this sort of nonsense.

Still, we should have learned from recent events not to automatically jump to the conclusion that the president is racist against black people. As strange it sounds, he could have meant it innocently. He did say before that his grandmother who raised him was scared of black

people, so maybe he picked it up from her but never understood it was offensive. So I guess we need to tell the president that “mongrel” is never a nice thing to call people. You see, Mr. President, black people are just like you and me — except cooler — and should never be called mean things. And that goes for every other race, too (except, of course, those potato-licking Irish).

Now let’s all try and get along.