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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-15-09 01:25 PM
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An open letter to the woman with the "Lyin' African" sign:
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Dear Ma'am:

I do not know your name. Chances are, I will never know your name, nor will the billions of other people totally oblivious to your existence. You see, you and I, we are the anonymous. While I do aspire to do great things with my life, I have resigned myself to the fact that the probability is high that my name likely will never be a household name, and I am quite fine with that. Being a good husband, father, employee, citizen, human being--that alone is enough for me to judge my success in life, without having my face thrust into the spotlight.

So, as a fellow member of the anonymous, I must implore you--what the hell were you thinking? From the looks of it, in 20-30 years you probably will have passed on from this world. And us anonymous folk, well, we only leave little tidbits of our existence on this earth after we are dead and buried. A mention in the local newspaper here, a donation plaque on the wall of the library there, and the rest is relegated solely to the memories of relatives and friends that you directly dealt with when you were alive. So few are the easter eggs that one leaves behind to remind the common person of one's existence.

So given that you will live and die for the most part anonymously, and unlike the great men and women of history, your legacy will be razor thin, you have chosen to define your legacy to the world with a simple sign. A sign with clearly obvious racial overtones to it. A sign that appears to be poorly crafted and poorly worded to boot.

Yet there you are, grinning and smiling, holding up your poorly crafted and not-so-subtly racist sign, and congratulations. You and your shit-eating grin have been beamed through cyberspace for thousands--perhaps millions--to see. You have voluntarily exposed yourself to be a racist, the worst kind of a person, someone who judges people solely on physical appearance and place of origin as opposed to the character they present. They may never know your name, but they will know you for who you are, and whatever your name may be, it would surely be mud to anyone who sees your face.

On your finger I see a wedding ring. You are somebody's wife, and likely somebody's mother and perhaps grandmother. You have placed your husband, your children and your grandchildren in a horrible spot--they must now defend you to the rest of the world and plead with them--no, she wasn't really like that. She loved dogs. She made a whopper of a peach cobbler. Yes, so she was a little "antiquated"--so what? Aren't we all deep down inside? No?

The bitter irony of this all is that the gentleman who is the subject of your sign will have a great legacy. He is one of only 43 individuals to hold the highest office of power in this country. People will remember him for many great deeds and words and decisions. Yes, at some point in his life he too may have his public moments of embarrassment or shame like you have--he is, after all, merely human. But unlike you, he has more than ample opportunity to counter-balance any missteps with acts of greatness. You and I, however, as members of the anonymous do not have any such luxury.

Therefore, you have made your sign to the world, and now you must be forced to wear it in perpetuity. My only hope is that in the remaining years of your life is that you somehow wake up and realize how perverted and hateful your mindset has been up to this point, and change your life accordingly. Otherwise, we will only know you for the photo you gave us.


A fellow anonymous
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  -An open letter to the woman with the "Lyin' African" sign: Tommy_Carcetti  Sep-15-09 01:25 PM   #0 
  - To the greatest page!  Kadie   Sep-15-09 01:29 PM   #1 
  - Thank you for writing that, Tommy_Carcetti. Excellent. nt  quiet.american   Sep-15-09 01:31 PM   #2 
  - Be kind and gentle always, and my friend, you were very kind! n/t  peace13   Sep-15-09 01:32 PM   #3 
  - KNR!  tinkerbell41   Sep-15-09 01:32 PM   #4 
  - Add one line to it: If I am still around when you pass on  asjr   Sep-15-09 01:34 PM   #5 
  - The Horst Wessel Song would also be appropriate.  infidel dog   Sep-15-09 04:11 PM   #44 
  - This was a perfect response  Mz Pip   Sep-15-09 01:35 PM   #6 
  - If this photo was taken in AZ ,I'm afraid.  louis-t   Sep-15-09 01:36 PM   #7 
  - From the site where I found the photos....  Tommy_Carcetti   Sep-15-09 02:26 PM   #20 
     - Kucinich is our curse, not our blessing.  Berry Cool   Sep-15-09 02:31 PM   #22 
        - Kucinich is NOT our "curse". Not "our" curse, anyway.  loudsue   Sep-15-09 05:31 PM   #53 
        - I second and THIRD that!!  timtom   Sep-16-09 05:21 AM   #107 
        - Kucinich is our BLESSING, NOT our curse.  RoccoR5955   Sep-16-09 07:17 AM   #112 
        - odd thing to say after Kucinich saved your craphole town.  provis99   Sep-15-09 05:58 PM   #58 
        - Feh  kenfrequed   Sep-15-09 09:42 PM   #76 
        - Are you kidding me?  Earth_First   Sep-16-09 04:01 AM   #100 
        - give the man  druidity33   Sep-16-09 06:18 AM   #110 
        - How many times have you posted this comment?  Algorem   Sep-16-09 08:03 AM   #117 
  - The most thoughtful and well put response Op I have seen in a while...  AuntPatsy   Sep-15-09 01:37 PM   #8 
  - Wow... that's fantastic.  redqueen   Sep-15-09 01:37 PM   #9 
  - Well said!  Louisiana1976   Sep-15-09 01:37 PM   #10 
  - Please submit this to some newspapers, especially the one where that  Skidmore   Sep-15-09 01:39 PM   #11 
  - I agree! what newspaper did this ?  april   Sep-16-09 10:31 AM   #134 
  - She will be mortifying her grandchildren years after she dies.  Walk away   Sep-15-09 01:41 PM   #12 
  - Yes little Timmy and Mary.......  DMNinFL   Sep-15-09 02:35 PM   #24 
  - Thank you!  murray hill farm   Sep-15-09 01:42 PM   #13 
  - And THAT'S the name of THAT tune!  11 Bravo   Sep-15-09 01:43 PM   #14 
  - YOU MADAM....ARE A RACIST!!! There are potholes in Hell for people like you.  trueblue2007   Sep-15-09 01:45 PM   #15 
  - Excellent. I hope someone recognizes her and sends this letter to wipe that smile off her face.  Frustratedlady   Sep-15-09 01:47 PM   #16 
  - The Obamas have dealt with it all their lives.  cyndensco   Sep-16-09 07:36 AM   #114 
  - looks like the sister  riverwalker   Sep-15-09 01:53 PM   #17 
  - My impression, too.  Octafish   Sep-15-09 02:39 PM   #25 
     - Wow lady...those are some hella dentures ya got there.  Ticonderoga   Sep-15-09 06:05 PM   #59 
     - Whenever I see this picture, ALL I can look at  demwing   Sep-15-09 09:58 PM   #77 
        - It's like the top plate is protruding. EWWWW!  HughBeaumont   Sep-16-09 10:36 AM   #135 
  - Excellent post.  Mad_Dem_X   Sep-15-09 01:54 PM   #18 
  - I think these pictures of warped people should go up on national news. I wonder  glinda   Sep-15-09 02:00 PM   #19 
  - I saw this picture last night on MSNBC.  verges   Sep-16-09 12:29 AM   #89 
  - You more than make up for her ignorance and bigotry.  DainBramaged   Sep-15-09 02:31 PM   #21 
  - She looks sooo proud of herself  ecstatic   Sep-15-09 02:34 PM   #23 
  - Re-elect Tommy Carcetti  me b zola   Sep-15-09 02:40 PM   #26 
  - Ha ha!  Tommy_Carcetti   Sep-15-09 02:51 PM   #28 
     - You presume correctly  me b zola   Sep-15-09 03:09 PM   #31 
  - Likewise have passed on many who were the face of hateful racism in Little Rock in 1957.  damntexdem   Sep-15-09 02:41 PM   #27 
  - Incredible Post. I wish I could recommend 100+ times. Thank you nt  Thickasabrick   Sep-15-09 03:00 PM   #29 
  - That woman and other crazed teabaggers are MESSED up  alp227   Sep-15-09 03:07 PM   #30 
  - Very well done  Nancy_Thompson   Sep-15-09 03:18 PM   #34 
  - What it looks like it's saying is this:  drm604   Sep-15-09 03:17 PM   #32 
  - The meaning must have been, "The zoo has an African lion, and the WH has a lyin' African."  LuckyLib   Sep-15-09 04:08 PM   #43 
  - I think she just blew the line and forgot the word "lion."  caseymoz   Sep-15-09 08:26 PM   #71 
  - The lion's picture WAS in the wrong spot...  Butch350   Sep-16-09 08:14 AM   #118 
  - What an asshole she is. I feel sorry for her children. nt  Flatulo   Sep-15-09 03:17 PM   #33 
  - k&r  Swamp Rat   Sep-15-09 03:20 PM   #35 
  - That's so true.  ScottLand   Sep-15-09 03:27 PM   #36 
  - k&r.....  spanone   Sep-15-09 03:27 PM   #37 
  - And you know what the ultimate irony will be?  DFW   Sep-15-09 03:34 PM   #38 
  - Bravissimo Mr.Carcetti !  Lena inRI   Sep-15-09 03:42 PM   #39 
  - where?  katkat   Sep-15-09 03:55 PM   #40 
  - This post really touched me...  archiemo   Sep-15-09 04:00 PM   #41 
  - Well said, Tommy.  George II   Sep-15-09 04:05 PM   #42 
  - Beautiful post. K&R n/t  myrna minx   Sep-15-09 04:14 PM   #45 
  - courtesy of wonkette....  scarface2004   Sep-15-09 04:20 PM   #46 
  - Absolutely fabulous letter. Tanks  WillieW   Sep-15-09 04:21 PM   #47 
  - Accolades for your ability to keep a civil tongue is your discourse.  HCE SuiGeneris   Sep-15-09 04:24 PM   #48 
  - Wow. Putting the BAG in Teabagger . . . nt.  mistertrickster   Sep-15-09 05:15 PM   #49 
  - Wow!  Spazito   Sep-15-09 05:21 PM   #50 
  - When I saw her I thought I recognized her  d_r   Sep-15-09 05:24 PM   #51 
  - Lady, Your Racist Ass is Busted!  BluDemocratGirl   Sep-15-09 08:04 PM   #68 
  - my God, look at their faces.  CitizenLeft   Sep-15-09 10:39 PM   #82 
  - Not anonymous anymore?  singingbiscuit   Sep-16-09 10:26 AM   #131 
  - What on earth......  BooScout   Sep-15-09 05:28 PM   #52 
  - She is a proud "ugly American"  sonias   Sep-15-09 05:32 PM   #54 
  - I have to believe that most people are like you,  redwitch   Sep-15-09 05:35 PM   #55 
  - fantastic writing  Lifelong Protester   Sep-15-09 05:47 PM   #56 
  - I guess I'm not really surprised at this.  newtothegame   Sep-15-09 05:49 PM   #57 
  - Well, that's the stupidest thing I've read all day. Thanks for nuthin'. n/t  Subdivisions   Sep-15-09 06:08 PM   #60 
     - Guy's a serial "Punchy McWantstostartshit".  HughBeaumont   Sep-16-09 03:59 AM   #99 
  - nothing really to add, but I admire your combination of intelligence and humanity  abq e streeter   Sep-15-09 06:18 PM   #61 
  - She didn't even get the line right. An "African Lion" and a "Lyin' African"  Stephanie   Sep-15-09 06:37 PM   #62 
  - Well said.  ShrimpScampi   Sep-15-09 06:42 PM   #63 
  - A reasoned, heartfelt reply  ProudToBeBlueInRhody   Sep-15-09 06:45 PM   #64 
  - 'Lyin African!' I get it! She's so funny!  onehandle   Sep-15-09 07:40 PM   #65 
  - By the looks of that shit eatin' grin, she so proud of herself, too.  SammyWinstonJack   Sep-16-09 10:39 AM   #137 
  - Thanks to everyone.  Tommy_Carcetti   Sep-15-09 07:40 PM   #66 
  - I wish I could rec this a few hundred times  sellitman   Sep-15-09 08:01 PM   #67 
  - Ditto that!  classof56   Sep-15-09 10:35 PM   #81 
  - Bitch, this is 2009!  BluDemocratGirl   Sep-15-09 08:09 PM   #69 
  - not bitch  katkat   Sep-16-09 04:22 AM   #101 
  - Republican'ts still ain't letting go of "TEH RED MENACE" in 2009.  HughBeaumont   Sep-16-09 04:22 AM   #102 
     - whoa, the stupidity and hate is astounding  bettyellen   Sep-16-09 09:59 AM   #128 
     - Let's not forget this gem from earlier:  Tommy_Carcetti   Sep-16-09 10:46 AM   #141 
  - The wingnuts teach each other now to be racists & assholes and how not to have  applegrove   Sep-15-09 08:15 PM   #70 
  - Oh god damn it  varelse   Sep-15-09 08:30 PM   #72 
  - Great post  maxpower   Sep-15-09 08:34 PM   #73 
  - It's high time that someone took steps to end this racism.  RoccoR5955   Sep-15-09 09:16 PM   #74 
  - From another fellow anonymous, thank you Tommy. Recommended.  bertman   Sep-15-09 09:38 PM   #75 
  - Wow! Just Wow!.....  BrklynLiberal   Sep-15-09 09:59 PM   #78 
  - Good point. The blonde girl shown screaming at the Black girl  tblue37   Sep-15-09 10:06 PM   #79 
  - thank you, that almost brought tears to my eyes..  Douglas Carpenter   Sep-15-09 10:31 PM   #80 
  - outstanding letter. Deeply moved.  CitizenLeft   Sep-15-09 10:41 PM   #83 
  - such a brain dead look!  demigoddess   Sep-15-09 10:52 PM   #84 
  - The eyes behind those glasses are quite crazed.  graywarrior   Sep-15-09 11:25 PM   #85 
  - amazing letter ...  InfiniteThoughts   Sep-15-09 11:38 PM   #86 
  - not a lady  katkat   Sep-16-09 04:24 AM   #103 
  - But no, she isn't a RACIST piece of trash, so stop sayin' that!  LynnTheDem   Sep-15-09 11:54 PM   #87 
  - Much, MUCH more contained than I could have been. Kudos to you, sir.  BobTheSubgenius   Sep-15-09 11:55 PM   #88 
  - very nice!!!  shireen   Sep-16-09 12:43 AM   #90 
  - Ya they think it is real fucking funny.  Rex   Sep-16-09 12:45 AM   #91 
  - What I get from your letter,  FreedomTrain   Sep-16-09 12:46 AM   #92 
  - Oh so everyone is mistaken? She was complimenting our President?  XOKCowboy   Sep-16-09 01:12 AM   #93 
  - she forgot the "American" part! also, what does Obama's race have to do with anything?  ima_sinnic   Sep-16-09 03:39 AM   #97 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Sep-16-09 04:26 AM   #104 
  - That's an incredible piece of writing.  Withywindle   Sep-16-09 01:28 AM   #94 
  - K&R  cliffordu   Sep-16-09 02:29 AM   #95 
  - 333 Votes  BooBluePotion   Sep-16-09 02:37 AM   #96 
  - This photo emphasizes Jimmy Carter's point about racism.  BlueMTexpat   Sep-16-09 03:51 AM   #98 
  - Kick  brettdale   Sep-16-09 04:36 AM   #105 
  - A slight quibble  TicketyBoo   Sep-16-09 04:47 AM   #106 
  - I believe they count Grover Cleveland twice....  Tommy_Carcetti   Sep-16-09 06:02 AM   #108 
     - You're right. Obama is the 43rd man to hold the office  DFW   Sep-16-09 06:18 AM   #111 
     - I stand corrected.  TicketyBoo   Sep-16-09 08:37 AM   #122 
  - good letter, but...  Lucky Luciano   Sep-16-09 06:05 AM   #109 
  - Re-reading....  GTurck   Sep-16-09 07:20 AM   #113 
  - One of the BESTS posts EVER on DU!  tilsammans   Sep-16-09 07:37 AM   #115 
  - NOT a wedding ring - it's on her right hand  Ezlivin   Sep-16-09 07:44 AM   #116 
  - Well, hopefully  singingbiscuit   Sep-16-09 10:27 AM   #133 
  - I only wish  BigD_95   Sep-16-09 08:21 AM   #119 
  - i agree want info  april   Sep-16-09 11:03 AM   #142 
  - Probably the most creative thing she's done in her life...  Butch350   Sep-16-09 08:25 AM   #120 
  - Great letter  Vinnie From Indy   Sep-16-09 08:32 AM   #121 
  - You Should Send This as a LTTE to the Cleveland Papers  abluelady   Sep-16-09 09:06 AM   #123 
  - Where did you find this? Link?  kegler14   Sep-16-09 09:35 AM   #124 
  - You can find it and other disturbing signs from the protest here:  Tommy_Carcetti   Sep-16-09 09:44 AM   #127 
     - thanks  kegler14   Sep-17-09 07:29 AM   #152 
  - Pass the eye bleach  lapislzi   Sep-16-09 09:41 AM   #125 
  - what state is this from? I think we should take out a page add & show the ignorance!  april   Sep-16-09 09:43 AM   #126 
  - This was from the 9/12 rally in DC.  HughBeaumont   Sep-16-09 10:41 AM   #139 
  - What a "Jackass"!  Catherine Vincent   Sep-16-09 10:18 AM   #129 
  - What a stupid fucking sign.  skypilot   Sep-16-09 10:23 AM   #130 
  - ...  ThatsMyBarack   Sep-16-09 10:27 AM   #132 
  - nice  savings   Sep-16-09 10:39 AM   #136 
  - Welcome to DU, savings  kanrok   Sep-16-09 10:43 AM   #140 
  - Nice Job Tommy  kanrok   Sep-16-09 10:40 AM   #138 
  - Way to go Tommy!  ananda   Sep-16-09 12:05 PM   #143 
  - Ooh - ooh -- I agree w/Skidmore and april -- submit this to the newspaper! nt  gateley   Sep-16-09 01:15 PM   #144 
  - As "anonymous", I consider this free domain...  Tommy_Carcetti   Sep-16-09 01:21 PM   #145 
     - Watch, they'll be deluged by 1000 submissions by DUers! This is just so  gateley   Sep-16-09 01:28 PM   #146 
     - That rag could use a little truth, except  HughBeaumont   Sep-16-09 09:23 PM   #149 
  - Beautifully expressed  YellerKitty   Sep-16-09 09:18 PM   #147 
  - Perfect!  grantcart   Sep-16-09 09:21 PM   #148 
  - Beautiful letter  lupinella   Sep-17-09 12:59 AM   #150 
  - I get the feeling she is calling the President an "African" based...  Zookeeper   Sep-17-09 01:14 AM   #151 

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