Posts Tagged ‘confederate flag’

Civil Rights-Era Video Montage

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The description at YouTube from BBCMotionGalleryNYLA: The footage you are about to see is unforgettable, even unimaginable.

Both BBC News and CBS News extensively covered the American Civil Rights movement, from the 1955-1956 Montgomery bus boycott to the student-led sit-ins of the 1960s to the huge March on Washington in 1963. Rare footage includes Freedom Summer, Malcolm X and Black Power, and the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

With a far-ranging selection of powerful, often wrenching images, our footage captures the danger, drama, and bravery of the civil rights movement. Visit the BBC Motion Gallery for more of this dramatic footage.

Video Of Sen. George Allen Using Racist Slur

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

In the following video, Virginia Republican Senator George Allen calls the videographer a "macaca," a term widely considered a racial slur. The Macaca is a species of monkey found in Asia.

The videographer, S.R. Sidarth, a volunteer for Allen’s Democratic opponent James Webb, was tasked with recording Allen’s public appearances, a common campaign tactic. Later in the video, Allen says to the crowd: “Give a welcome to macaca here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia.”

Sidarth was born in Virginia but is of Indian descent. Allen apologized, saying he didn’t know what the word "Macaca" meant. B.S. The Senator was obviously playing racists and xeonphobia cards with his friendly crowd.

This is not Allen’s first brush with intolerance. As a member of Virginia’s House of Delegates, Allen opposed a state holiday honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; as Virginia’s governor, he proclaimed a Confederate History Month; and he also is fond of flying a Confederate flag in his home.

Will any of this hurt his reelection chances in Virginia? Probably not. But remember this when he runs for president.

From calvino78 at YouTube:

UPDATE, 9/26/06: Here’s respected and prominent Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato confirming Senator Allen’s use of the N-word on Chris Matthews‘ Hardball show (from Wonkette1 at YouTube):

UPDATE, 9/29/06: Here’s an MSNBC interview with a woman who confirms that George Allen repeatedly used the N-word during the late seventies (from eblumrich at YouTube):