It is OK to have an opinion about how bad Pres. Obama has been dealing with the oil spill crisis over the past two months. However, the line was crossed once again last night with another racial slur.
On the show Anderson Cooper [Unlink] 360 last night on CNN, one of Mr. Cooper's guest host was Newsweek [Unlink] editor, Julia Reed. In bashing the President in regards to the oil spill, she dropped this gem.
"Well, I think obviously we would rather have $20 billion than not, but nobody thinks that this is the best case scenario.
I mean, one of the things that your previous guest, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and Senator Young touched on was the moratorium, which I continue to say is the biggest problem we've got facing us.
We've been decimated economically and emotionally.
The president is driving the stake in the whole region's heart with the six-month moratorium and how disconnected by what that means is, a, the small amount of the $20 billion he is putting aside to cover the cost of the moratorium and, b, what he said in his speech last night that was mind boggling to me.
He said I know this is going to be -- lead to some, quote, difficulty for the guys who work on those rigs.
Well, if he thinks that some guys on the rigs are the only people that are going to be affected by a six-month oil moratorium, he's out of his cotton-picking mind." Look at that last sentence. During times of slavery and sharecropping, White Southerners forced Black people to pick cotton. The meaning of the statement "cotton picking mind" is when someone is thinking incorrectly. Therefore, people in the past thought that Black people think irrationally and illogically. It's unfortunate that Ms. Reed still has this stereotype of Black people.