Especially black babies. Dark, ugly things.
Ah, I love life behind the Zion Curtain. So…. The question of the week here in Utah (and everywhere ELSE in the nation, thanks to one of our legislature’s finest) is:
Is Sen. Chris Buttars, from West Jordan, a racist bigot? Hmm. Interesting question. There is little doubt he is not a well-spoken man. In fact, I imagine right about now he’d do better with his mouth sewn shut and forced to use charades to get his point across… Or maybe not. Consider this:
The brouhaha started when Buttars, speaking about a bill he opposed, said: “This baby is black . . . It’s a dark, ugly thing.”
Can you say YIKES? I certainly can. Let’s face it, Buttars just probably blurted that out, not even THINKING of the racist connotations it had, because let’s face it, he’s a white man here in White Man’s Mecca, aka Utah. He probably didn’t really intend it as an insult, but usually, if one sticks one’s FOOT in one’s MOUTH, one attempts to at least remove the offensive appendage and wash away that nasty taste.
Not Buttars. He likes the taste of stinky foot. The stinkier, the better. After the whole “black baby comment,” he refused to attend a meeting with the NAACP because the media might be there. He compared his treatment to that of a “lynch mob,” and then, for the pièce de résistance (at least in my eyes), uttered one of our FAVORITE phrases here at Trapped: a form of YOU PEOPLE. Buttars said:
“Lynch mob is a Western term. You wouldn’t find one person in 10,000 in Utah that thinks that’s a racist term,” Buttars said in a phone interview this evening. “That’s not a racial term in my opinion. How do I know what words I’m supposed to use in front of those people?”
Did this guy even GO to school? How the hell did he get elected? He doesn’t even know the difference between racist and racial. The words you are supposed to USE, Chris? How about “I’m sorry.”
That would go a long way to healing this… I don’t see that happening. If he would JUST shut up, he might have a hope, but he won’t, and whether or not he meant the words offensively, his big stinky feet are smelling up the atmosphere around here.
You had a chance to make amends, Rep. Buttars, and you screwed it up. I believe the call for his resignation, at this time, is correct. Even our governor is not standing behind him.
We all say the wrong thing sometimes, and when the story first broke, I felt like Buttars was a victim of his own illiteracy and lack of education. But you can only excuse stupidity so far. He’s gone over the edge.
As Wonkette so aptly and humorously put it:
The unflappable Chris Buttars defended the racist comment that he used to defend his racist comment with yet another racist comment:
He said he spent years working with troubled teens at Utah Boys Ranch. “I’ve dealt with black kids, red kids, brown kids at the Boys Ranch more than half of my adult life, and I’ve never been accused of racial anything. I see a kid in trouble,” he said Monday.
Don’t you wish you lived here in Utah? Come on, I know you do… Oh wait, you do? My sincerest condolences…. My suggestion for bearing out the legislative session is going to bed, pulling the covers over your head and praying until the whole damn thing is over.
(By the way, you HAVE to read the comments on the Wonkette post. Freaking hilarious.)