Posts Tagged ‘David Duke’

On White Pride and Other Delusions: Reflections on the Rage of the Uninformed

“The price the white American paid for his ticket was to become white…This incredibly limited, not to say dimwitted ambition has choked many a human being to death here: and this, I contend, is because the white American has never accepted the real reasons for his journey. I know very well that my ancestors had […]

Little Man With a Gun in His Hand: An Open Letter to Sheriff Jack Strain, of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana

Published on Black, July 13, 2006 Dear Sheriff Strain, I always liked Slidell, even before Lucinda Williams sang about going there to “look for (her) joy.” And my fond feelings for the town were rekindled recently when I discovered that Grayson Capps–with whom I went to Tulane in the late ’80s, and who’s quite […]

Racism, White Liberals and the Limits of Tolerance

Published in LIP Magazine,, 12/04/00. Let me get this straight: If three white guys chain a black man to a truck and decapitate him by dragging him down a dirt road, that’s a hate crime; but if five white cops pump nineteen bullets into a black street vendor, having shot at him 41 times, […]

The Trouble With Tolerance

They came in the mail again, even though I never ordered them: those personal address labels that say, “Teach Tolerance.” You know, the ones sent out by the Southern Poverty Law Center: America’s favorite civil rights organization. You know, the one run by Morris Dees: America’s favorite crusader for, well, tolerance; which, in turn, is […]

Color-Conscious, White-Blind: Race, Crime and Pathology in America

Published in LIP Magazine, October, 1998 In a 1984 interview, ex-Klansman, David Duke explained: “You know, you really can’t talk about the crime problem unless you talk about the race problem…Blacks are much closer to the jungle than European people.” Six years later, as Duke ran for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana, a supporter told […]

The Once and Future Duke

Originally published in Z Magazine, November 1995 Like an alcoholic who denies his addiction for years only to break down and go on a public drinking binge, David Duke has reverted to type. The ex-Klansman and lifelong neo-Nazi, who narrowly lost his bid for the U.S. Senate in 1990 and was then soundly defeated in […]

Racism and the Culture of Denial

Published in the Louisiana Weekly, 11/26/94 Alcoholics commonly go to great lengths to deny their drinking problems; so too, the perpetrators of domestic violence. Excuses for destructive behavior are many, and rarely does one overcome denial without considerable coaxing and a mountain of evidence. Often, even that fails. So it is with racism: America’s collective […]