For the average American, saying what Tommy Tuberville said last week would be career-ending.
Being listed as a bigot is a quick way for most Americans to lose their jobs. A viral clip gets a few million views, influential accounts condemn it, and the company looks bad, which could potentially affect earnings and stock prices. So poof, pow, the clerk is gone. However, in politics, the rules are a little different.
An uproar was caused at the weekend when the Los Angeles Times released a report that he had received audio of Los Angeles City Council President Nuri Martinez referring to a black child as a “little monkey” in Spanish and to Mexican immigrants from the Oaxaca region as “little fat dark people.” In a announcement made public on Monday, Martinez apologized and said she was stepping down as chairman, but gave no indication that she was leaving the board, which is being called for across Los Angeles. Today he announced that he is taking a absent permission.
But in other parts of the country, racist dog whistles as clear as cellophane don’t derail political careers, they can boost them.
Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s bigotry didn’t have to be traced to audio originally posted on Reddit, and he’s not facing calls from the powers that be in his state for him to resign. He made his statement at noon at a Donald Trump rally in Nevada in support of Republican Senate candidate Adam Laxalt. While giving a standard, impassioned, anti-black speech broadcast on a far-right news network, Senator Tuberville somehow addressed the issue of reparations. The idea, to him, is “nonsense!”
“They want reparations because they think the people who commit the crime are owed it.”
For those who might consider giving the former Auburn football coach the benefit of the doubt that his statement didn’t call black people criminals, he later made a classic dog whistle about food stamps. He claims that the number of people on food stamps is hurting you, the hard-working American, and those people need to go back to work. That, of course, negates that the people with federal welfare money in Mississippi—the state just west of it—are pleads guilty to abuse millions of dollars of it for their own benefit.
I’m pretty sure Senator Tuberville has more important things to do than read this article — maybe trades shares without properly disclosing that he is doing sowhich, while he himself denies it, Business Insider he reported that he has done it 132 times. But if it comes down to it, here’s a quick lesson on compensation for South Arkansas graduates, which was not fully integrated until 10 years after his birthand also for the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Just 59 years ago, blacks in his state, and many others, had no rights. See, after nearly 250 local, state, and federal sanctions, known as slavery, the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were passed in 1865, banning it—at the end of a brutal civil war in which states that seceded from union committed treason and their MPs were expelled.
As blacks began to gain political and economic influence, it was taken away from them through violence and intimidation. For example, in 1870 a mob burned down all the Black churches and schools in Tuskegee, Alabama. study by the Equal Justice Initiative. Two blacks were elected to the United States Senate in the 1870s, but no one else would get there again until 1967.
Let’s not forget the “Separate but equalSupreme Court decision in 1896 that legalized segregation at the federal level. After slavery, blacks paid taxes to a government that actively tried to block their progress, denying them the same status, dignity, and access as whites. And in terms of more liberal policies, the New Deal supported a white middle class during the Great Depression, while also helping to create a national crisis of housing segregation that continues to this day, and interstate construction that destroyed many of the black neighborhoods it managed. to thrive. Also, Blacks who fought in WWII and came back to find it GI Bill which allowed countless white servicemen the opportunity for education and access to wealth not fully available to them.
This is the version of guides for many intellectuals they believe that blacks deserve some form of pay because they are physically and legally barred from full participation in the American economy. This after they were transported to the Atlantic Ocean against their will.
Senator Tuberville would probably clumsily dismiss those previous three paragraphs to applause wherever he agreed to speak. His platform to win the 2020 election for United States Senator was that his Auburn teams regularly beat Alabama and in 2004 they didn’t have a chance to play USC for the national championship. He is also a staunch supporter of Donald Trump and even voted against the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
When that’s all it takes to get elected to the federal government of the United States, calling black people criminals for wanting a little justice after 400 years of oppression, while making sweeping statements about welfare when a giant scandal about the misuse of those funds puts state officials in jail, no consequences.
Speaking of welfare, if the senator has a problem with that, then he needs to allocate over a percentage of his fortune to all the black players he has coached over the years. Without Jason Campbell, Cadillac Williams, Ronnie Brown and others winning those races in 2004 and getting no pay, he never has the profile to become a senator and it’s doubtful he’ll ever make millions of dollars.
To land even a college job as good as the head coaching job at Auburn — which ended with a $5 million buyout after he resigned — Tuberville had to build his coaching resume elsewhere. Where did he cut his teeth for eight years and work his way up to defensive coordinator? The U.
That’s right, from 1986-93 he was on the staff of the Miami Hurricanes, possibly the team most synonymous with blackness in college football history. All that world-class black talent on defense led this program to four national championships and Tuberville to his first head coaching job in 1995. But judging by his statements last week, he might as well have bought a Catholic vs. Convicts jersey in that infamous game at Notre Dame in 1988.
If Senator Tuberville had said into a microphone as a coach what he did in Nevada last week, it would have sent his career into a ditch. He wouldn’t be able to sell families that he was going to make their son a man. They could play this video and say “if my son couldn’t score a touchdown or make a tackle, you’d rather he be in jail.”
Jon Gruden he turns out to be a racist and ends up resigning, but in Tuberville’s current role as a United States Senator, he’s further cemented his position in the job that isn’t up for re-election until 2026.
Let that sink in for a moment. A boring, hate-filled, incoherent speech that would have gotten most readers of this piece fired from their jobs cemented his place in one of the most powerful positions a person can hold in this country.
Working people in this country need to watch their mouths, but some of the people who represent it can casually express hateful views towards the citizens they have sworn to serve and stay employed.