Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Buttars and "those people"

[Legislature] Chris Buttars’ inability to open his mouth without putting his foot in it—graduating from a metaphor about black babies to claims of persecution from a “lynch mob” to referring to blacks who complained about his use of the term lynch mob as “those people” (as in “How do I know what words I'm supposed to use in front of those people?” Salt Lake Tribune 2/20)—is reminiscent of an earlier time in Utah.

1963 to be exact. Joseph Fielding Smith, a member of the LDS Church’s Council of the Twelve, gave an interview to Look magazine on the subject of why blacks weren’t allowed the priesthood. As if to emphasize that God, not prejudice, was responsible for the ban, Smith told the magazine this:

“I would not want you to believe that we bear any animosity toward the Negro. Darkies are wonderful people.”

(Ted McDonough)


  1. numbnuts thinks that too much PC is a bad thing. too much PC is restrictive and stupid. too much PC is another totalitarian device. silly mormon smith's comments were spoken in 1963, when it was PC to call black people negro. now it's PC to call negros black, african-americans, or niggas/z. numbnuts thinks you better be friends with the nigga you call nigga, or you might get a mouth full of knuckle.

  2. hey there you free speech phony, yeah right…YOU!!!and pull your pants up!!

    you are a hypocrite liar who publicly preaches free speech (except when it is something with which you disagree)but who really hates open discourse.

    let’s see how stupid you people really are: (rules of the truly stupid souless morons):

    1. anyone who might say, “hey, you have a black mark on your {record}{shirt} {soul}” is a racist devil to be destroyed.
    If i say “that black mark on your record is one ugly baby” I should have my gonads removed by a team of man hating lesbian trasgendered half elf midgets with a speech impediment.

    Pay attention to which media outlets are pumping up this story. These are the enemies of free speech.

    2. Only black people can use the word “lynched”, even if they live in Lynchberg, Tenn. or Lynchberg, Va. And they should be fired if they aren’t black. All whites who are named Lynch must be sent to a concentration camp run by …. you get the idea.

    3. If i say “white lie” I am a racist who must be destroyed, unless I am a homo, woman, oriental, indio, or….anything besides a white male.

    This reminds me of the lynching of Don Imus. And that was concocted to discipline the talk show host roster to not speak ill of Hillary.

  3. numbnuts wonders who anonymous is talking to.

  4. anonymous is posting the same drivel-rant in ALL blogs that mention Buttars. Gayle used to be so nice.

  5. Anonymous,

    Do you know anyone who isn't a white male? No one gets offended by innocuous terms such as "black mark," "Lynchberg," or "white lie."

    The point here is the statement was made that a bill was an ugly baby and Buttars added, "Yeah, it's black." You don't see the insult in that?

    Yes, I think this story has gotten waaaay too much attention, but that's Buttars' fault. If he'd quit adding salt, then lime juice, then vinegar to the wound he opened up, we wouldn't have anything more to talk about.


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