Say it ain’t so, Hank.
Until now, Hank Johnson, a quiet (even boring) Buddhist, has been the perfect antidote to Cynthia McKinney, whom he defeated in 2006. But today, he went off on a little McKinney- like tirade. He told reporters that he supports a resolution reprimanding Joe Wilson because Wilson’s heckling could lead us back to the days of the Ku Klux Klan.
It did not help the cause of diversity and tolerance with his remarks. If I was a betting man, I’d say it instigated more racist sentiment, feeling that it’s OK, that you don’t have to bury it down,” Johnson said.
“I guess we’ll probably have folks putting on white hoods and white uniforms again and riding through the countryside, intimidating people,” he said. “That’s the logical conclusion if this kind of attitude is not rebuked.”
No, Hank, that’s a perfectly illogical conclusion. What Wilson did was boorish and offensive, but it wasn’t racist. You don’t do anything to highlight genuine bigotry, which is still aloose in the land, when you accuse everyone who offends you of racist sentiment.
Stop it. Apologize.