Yes, the thread title is sarcastic.
Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who's had run-ins with Capitol Hill security before had another one last Wednesday. Apparently these racist pigs have it in for McKinney (but not any other black representatives). She complained loudly enough in 1993 that Capitol Hill police put her picture on an office wall so officers would recognize her. In 1996 and '98 she had incidents with White House security, and complained that they hadn't recognized her.
Most recently, she was detained by a Capitol Hill cop-and struck him with her cell phone. "I was urgently trying to get to an important meeting on time to fulfill my obligations to my constituents."
I would translate that roughly as, "Don't you know who I am, nave?"
But of course, saying such things publicly wouldn't help your popularity. So, you conveniently claim racism.
I don't know what really happened; maybe the cop was a racist pig. Maybe he was just an antagonistic prick. Maybe he was new and didn't know her. Maybe she just got defensive, jumped to assume racism where there was none and overreacted. Maybe she should apologize and be thankful her position will (probably) keep her out of trouble.
I do know one thing-if anyone in this audience, regardless of color, struck a cop, we'd be looking at jail time. McKinney is actually looking for an apology. Even if her claims are true, she ought to know better by now, after numerous incidents, than to hit a cop.
Troubling to me, Danny Glover has already voiced his support for McKinney-almost certainly without knowing the details of the incident.
I don't deny that racism is an insiduous and absolute wrong. It's tough to prove, but often all too easy to recognize. Unfortunately the word 'racism' also seems to serve as a get out of jail free card-literally-for powerful black celebrities and politicians. Barry Bonds convenient use of the word is another example. He's admitted using steroids-under oath-and yet when investigated by MLB, he played the race card.