Jesse Helms (1921-2008) lifelong bigot and segregationist, homophobe, anti-arts funding philistine, all -around racist, and five-term Senator from North Carolina, finally died on the 4th of July. And not a moment too soon. It's nice to leave this primitive, ignorant, fear-mongering, backwards good ol' boy behind as we attempt to move into a more enlightened age.
Here are some classic quotes from Jesse Helms:
"Your tax dollars are being used to pay for grade-school classes that teach our children that cannibalism, wife-swapping and murder of infants and the elderly are acceptable behavior."
When a caller to CNN's Larry King Live show praised Helms for "everything you've done to help keep down the niggers," Helms responded with a salute to the camera, and said "Well, thank you. I think." -Wilmington Star-News, 9/16/95
"The New York Times and Washington Post are both infested with homosexuals themselves. Just about every person down there is a homosexual or lesbian."
"The Negro cannot count forever on the kind of restraint that's thus far left him free to clog the streets, disrupt traffic, and interfere with other's men's rights."
"Homosexuals are weak, morally sick wretches."
"They should ask their parents if it would be all right for their son or daughter to marry a Negro."
-- in response to Duke University students holding a vigil after Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968
A closing statement:
Just to make Jesse spin a little, let's give the last word to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, his arch-enemy. Dr. King is shown here in his first extensive TV interview in 1957.
Yes, maybe only the good die young.
For more, read this Washington Post article, Jesse Helms, White Racist, HERE.