The Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus is in an uproar, they are calling for the sanction and admonishment of state Senator Randy Brogdon for supposedly racist comments on the Senate floor.
The Senate was debating the newly-approved federal health care bill when Sen Brogdon asked if the government could tell the American people to buy health insurance what was next? "Are we going to have to purchase fried chicken tomorrow for dinner?"
That's right, a white guy actually had the gall to utter the f and c words in public. Who does he think he is to mention chicken which might have been fried? Doesn't he know that there's a long racial history of black people and only black people eating fried chicken? Forget about the fact that my grandmother makes it, as does every other Southern grandma I know. Heck, Paula Deen once did an entire show on how to make fried chicken. It is a racial thing, we white people wouldn't understand.
They're right. I don't get it. I don't understand the connection between Sen Blogdon's comments and racism. When asked about it, the Senator admitted that he had just had chicken for lunch, so it was on his mind. It doesn't matter the the Legislative Black Caucus, there is no excuse for such remarks.
Perhaps the problem lies not with the good Senator, but with the Caucus itself. I'm not sure what their purpose for their organization is, or what they would like it to be, but I'm willing to bet they're working for equality. I'd like to ask them how whining about a man who likes his chicken battered and fried does anything except make them look petty. I'd also like to know how segregating themselves into a separate group based solely upon the color of their skin works to further their cause. It seems to me that the biggest step they could make as a group would be to disband the caucus.
Somehow I doubt they would listen to me or even answer my questions. I'm a white girl who likes to eat fried chicken. But I'm a white girl, so maybe I'm not allowed to call it that.