Friday, August 05, 2016

When Clint Eastwood grew up...

"When I grew up, those things weren't called racist": Clint Eastwood on why he's voting for Donald Trump
A.P. photo, Cliff Owen

Clint Eastwood on Trump:

“He’s onto something,” he said, “because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a pussy generation.” Eastwood added that “everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”

What "things" exactly is he referring to? The casual sexism is typical of a soft-core bigot like Eastwood. If you're called a "pussy," you're a weakling, presumably like all females. This from a guy who, at last count, has five daughters! 

It's unlikely Eastwood himself is a racist. Hard to believe that anyone who loves jazz as much as he does can be a racist.

But I suspect that lot of Trump's followers are annoyed that they can no longer call black people "niggers," gays "queers," Jews "kikes," and Mexicans "beaners"---at least in public.

My parents were decent people who never used the N-word or other bigoted terms. When I was a young man, I was shocked at the things other white men said to me. The apparent assumption at the time was that other white men agreed with their bigotry, like "Someone ought to put a bullet in that Martin Luther King."

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