Helms Death Inspires Solemn Reflection, Grave Dancing
"He was a hero to bigots and the cigarette corporations, a menace to the poor and downtrodden, and a mean little troll whose heart was so wrecked by wickedness that doctors had to patch it up with coronary valves from a pig."—Wonkette editor Ken Layne
"He spent his life doing all he could to make my gay brothers and sisters marginalized, hated and dead."—Andrew Sullivan, the Atlantic
So what do you finally say when a loud-mouthed bigot dies? When a venom spewing politician leaves his earth suit after decades of hate? You can quote the man who left us with the following gems:
“Watch me make her cry. I’m going to make her cry. I’m going to sing ‘Dixie’ until she cries.” - Said to US Sen. Orrin Hatch about Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, an African-American.
“The government should spend less money on people with AIDS because they got sick as a result of deliberate, disgusting, revolting conduct.”
“White people, wake up before it is too late. Do you want Negroes working beside you, your wife and your daughters, in your mills and factories? Frank Graham favors mingling of the races.” - Ad created by campaign strategist Helms and friends for the blatantly racist (and successful) U.S. Senate campaign of Willis Smith in 1950. During the same campaign, Helms described UNC as “the University of Negroes and Communists.”
”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 men’s rights.”
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