Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Farewell Falwell and "Dammit, my husband was right again!"

I don't say this often but I really admire my husbands insight and knowledge. There, I said it publicly.

My hubby (I'll think up a cute Blog name for him soon) is one of these, talk you to sleep types. He talks so much that often I find myself not listening or zoning in and out. But I have digressed, it must be contagious!

What made me consider how I value his insight was the death of Jerry Falwell.
As the news reporter waxed poetic about Falwell's life my husband put his middle finger up to the TV. I was SHOCKED! Not even reverence for the dead? Then I began to read about how much of a racist and separatist Falwell was.

Here's some of what George Curry said:
"When people die, even the racist ones, there is an inexplicable rush to trumpet the good in that person, even where none exists from a public policy perspective. The most recent example is Jerry Falwell, one of the godfathers of the religious right. Like many Southern white ministers, Falwell didn’t sit on the sidelines at the outset of the modern civil rights movement; he joined the opposition.

"Four years after the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregated public schools, Falwell gave a speech titled, “Segregation or Integration.”

"Jerry Falwell was not silent behind his stained-glass windows. He said, “The true Negro does not want integration, he realizes his potential is far better among his own race.”
Claiming that integration “will destroy our race eventually,” Falwell said, “A pastor friend of mine tells me that a couple of opposite race live next door to his church as man and wife.”
As late as 1964, Falwell was attacking the 1964 Civil Rights Act as ‘civil wrongs’ legislation. He questioned the sincerity and intentions of some civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., It’s too bad that Falwell, who later claimed that he had changed his views, was on the wrong side of history."

What I'm acknowledging is the fact that I had to read it from someone else. I didn't ask my husband why he did that. But very often I find myself doing that. I think I need to check myself. I'm not sure if it's ego or what that makes me not want to hear what he has to say. Maybe he just talks too long...that's it... it's HIS fault! LOL (Well, I promised I'd keep it real or not do this blog thing.)

But what reminded me of this was how I was reading another blog and the sister was complaining about how many other bloggers were bashing Falwell. Now that I know about him and now that I've seen what bloggers she referenced, I can't believe she cares about Falwell at all! I'm glad my hubby opened my eyes to the facts before I was out here looking stupid, taking up for someone who didn't give a damn about me.


Johnny Gator said...

Amen! That fellow's a fake. I grew up around so many like him. They dress up and act all decent in public, to other races, and then bad talk them as soon as they walk away. I remember a high school football coach calling a boy I knew an "n" word right after he left his office. I still feel ashamed I didn't tell him. Now that friend is no longer with us. MS. I hate a secret bigot. Of course, I've seen it on two sides also. One of my professors was James Haskins. Everybody knew he couldn't stand whites, or that was his facade, but he was honest. Everyone attacked him on rate my professor and what not. He ended up being the professor that taught me more than any other. I miss that old guy. He also died recently. He saw some stuff. He wrote Cotton Club, the movie. Ignorance is dying out a lot though. Kids my kids's age are thinking differently. It will be a thing of the past in a decade or so, when most of the bigots die. Now Europe is a different story. They still haven't had there civil rights movement. All they've had was a holocaust, and I hope to God it doesn't take another of those to make people wake up to their hatred.

African girl, American world said...

I know what you mean, you know we are married to one in the same person. Sometimes they ARE right. LOL