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Gardening Spreads Racism, Rangel Attacks The Tea Party

From National Review:

Sociologist: Gardening Spreads Racism, Fascism

By Katherine Timpf | August 6, 2014

A sociology lecturer at the University of Westminster is claiming that panelists on a BBC radio show are covertly spreading racist and fascist messages when they talk about gardening.

Dr. Ben Pitcher claimed that people on Gardeners’ Question Time are really just using gardening as a covert way to talk about white identity without seeming racist.

Rats! We’ve been found out. (Who squealed? Martha Stewart?)

“Gardeners’ Question Time is not the most controversial show on Radio 4, and yet it is layered with, saturated with, racial meanings,” he said on another Radio 4 show… “The context here is the rise of nationalism,” he continued.

The topics discussed on the show include different plant species and soil purity, which Pitcher identified as code language for racial purity. The Caucasian sociologist said radio personalities use discussions of “invasive” and non-native plant species to express opposition to foreigners. Another guest on Radio 4 — a baroness and former professor of cultural studies — agreed with Pitcher, comparing British concerns about rhododendrons to anti-Pakistani sentiments in the 1980s…

Apparently, Charlie Rangel has a green thumb. (If one can say such a thing without engaging in hate speech.)

From the Washington Times:

Rangel gets racial: Tea party a bunch of ‘white crackers’

By Douglas Ernst | August 3, 2013

New York Rep. Charlie Rangel wants the world to know: Tea party members are a bunch of “white crackers.”

“It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police,” Mr. Rangel told the Daily Beast. “They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough.”

House Republicans didn’t get off any easier. The congressman likened them to terrorists: “What’s going on is sabotage. Terrorists couldn’t do a better job than the Republicans are doing.”

Testify, Mr. Rangel! You have suffered in silence long enough.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, August 7th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Gardening Spreads Racism, Rangel Attacks The Tea Party”

  1. electraglide

    I have always thought that a well-kept garden is a symbol of the pride and respect people have for their community. Pride in their own property and respect for their neighbor’s property values.

    It takes a lot of work to keep things looking nice, and every time I am working in the garden, I cannot help but think of how it kind of reflects on society in general.

    We want flowers, but they must be encouraged and tended. Desirable plants must be nourished, watered and kept free of parasites. It takes a lot of work.

    Weeds are the default and they will take over and kill the flowers if they are not eradicated. Where weeds flourish, graffiti and trash soon follow.

    I remember reading how civilization is not the default position for man, savagery and barbarism is. Only thru the tireless work of institutions like family, schools, law and religion does take civilization take hold.

    When I see a well tended garden I feel like civilization lives here…

  2. Enthalpy

    In a just world, Charlie Rangel would be awaiting parole.

  3. Charlie, are the carrots talking to you again?

  4. Candyman

    Dear Mr. Rangel. The “white crackers with dogs and the police” were DEMOCRATS!!!! The Democrats controlled the south and founded the KKK to force their beliefs on the blacks. You have lied to your fellow blacks for you power and money your entire life. If there were any justice, those same people would call you out as the fear monger and race hustler you are.

  5. Astravogel

    Isn’t Mr. Rangel the same fellow who stated that sharks still follow the
    slaver’s routes from Africa across the sea in hopes of more ‘flesh’? As this
    trade was some 200 years ago, must be some collective memory as no
    shark lives that long. Perhaps its a lemming thing. Or, maybe, Rangel
    has overdosed on koolaid once more.




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